Materials: Figured silk pin stripe, lavender silk passementerie, brass hooks and eyes, white linen sleeve
lining, white cotton muslin bodice lining, tan cotton muslin skirt
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,
Condition: Excellent, near
perfect. A couple of small brown spots on skirt.
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.