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Dress Date: ca. 1840 Culture: American Medium: wool, linen

Child's dress, ca. 1840; MMA C.I.42.175

Cotton, American, ca. 1840. The Met, accession nr. C.I.39.98.1

Dress \ ca. 1840 \ American \ silk

Dress: ca. 1840, American, silk.classic- note the highish waist, lengthening the skirt silhouette.

Purple silk shawl, American, ca. 1840. This shows a very effective use of changeante (iridescent) silk which would constantly shimmer and change color with each movement of the wearer. This type of subdued color was popular in the 1840s.

Striped silk taffeta dress with fly fringe trim, probably French, 1842. The dress buttons down the back with thread-covered buttons.

Jacket Date: ca. 1840 Culture: American Medium: silk

Morning dress Date: ca. 1844 Culture: British Medium: wool

This dress follows the style of women's dresses of the 1840s, which had a V-shaped gathering on the front and a relatively low waist. The garment is beautifully made out of high quality silk with considerable detailing, including a faux oversleeve and undersleeve. The piping at the edges creates an interesting stylistic effect. The dress is in its original form without any apparent changes.

Dress, Evening Date: ca. 1840 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 55 in. (139.7 cm)

Red-gold silk brocade evening dress with black lace trim, American or European, ca. 1842.