#1991   Summer Dress   c. 1830 

  United States      $750.00

Materials: White linen mull, cotton thread embroidery, handmade linen bobbin laces, two tiny Dorset buttons, two brass hooks and eyes, muslin waistband lining.

Provenance: This summer gown traces back to the descendants of a prominent Massachusetts family:  Rebecca Kingsbury (b. 1713, d. 1807) of West Dedham, MA. 

Condition: Very Good. There is a large faint gray smudge in the bottom hem area, many scattered small brown spots in the skirt front, and two small tears near the piping of the left and right armscyes. The embroidery and fabric is in excellent condition.

Measurements: W, 20"; B, 30"; Sh-Sh, 15"; Slv L, 5.5"; Sh-W, 10"; Skirt L, 38"; Hem C, 129".

Comments: The beautiful linen mull fabric has a very fine hand and is worked in the most exquisite embroidery and drawn work. The neckline, sleeves and hem border has a sculptural floral embroidery with needlelace fillings. The era's highest quality materials and workmanship were used to construct this dress.