#0377   Party Dress  c. 1852

  New England    $425.00

Figured silk pin stripe, lavender silk passementerie, brass hooks and eyes, white linen sleeve lining, white cotton muslin bodice lining, tan cotton muslin skirt lining.

Label: Paper label sewn onto bodice front and inscribed. "Mary A. Blood  1852  Hollis". I believe this family came from either Hollis, New Hampshire or Hollis, Massachusetts.

Condition: Excellent, near perfect. A couple of small brown spots on skirt. 

Measurements:   Chest, 22"; W, 22"; Dress L, 25"; Hem C, 70".

Comments: Exceptional quality in both the fabrics and the workmanship. This silk fabric was costly in the early 1850s. It is a light and dark lavender pinstripe with raised ivory stitching. Skirt is cartridge pleated into the bodice; neckline and waist are piped and the bodice front is smocked. The only decoration on this dress are the bands of lavender silk passementerie at the top of each sleeve. It is obvious from this exquisite dress that little Mary Blood came from a family of means.