Dress worn by wife of Fort Snelling commander

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Titles Dress worn by wife of Fort Snelling commander
Description Green brocade and watered silk machine-stitched dress with a floral design and black velvet stripes and buttons, circa 1860-1865. The dress was worn by Anna McVean McLaren, wife of General Robert Neil McLaren, commander at Fort Snelling from 1862 to 1865. In 1860 Anna was 28 years old. The couple had a 2 year-old son, Archibald, and a daughter, Jane, on the way.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 16 1/2 inches length (8781.1.A: top)
17 inches width (8781.1.A: top)
43 1/2 inches length (8781.1.B: skirt)
9 1/2 inches width (8781.1.B: skirt, at waist)
29 inches width (8781.1.B: skirt, at bottom)
Nomenclature dress (garment)
Materials silk (textile)
velvet (fabric weave)
Subjects Owned by: MacLaren, Anna McVean
MacLaren, Robert Neil
Used at: Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Clothing. Women's Dresses. 1860s
Dates Use: Approximately 1860 - Approximately 1865
Notes A three-dimensional model, in pdf file format, is available for this object.

Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 8781.1.A,B (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on March 12, 2015 11:41:29 AM
    This dress was on display in 2013 the Gale Family Library lobby as a complement to the History Center's Minnesota and the Civil War exhibit. It was also featured at a member event in 2013. It has since been returned to storage. The dress was photographed before it was fully dressed with an 1860s hoop skirt and was not re-photographed while fully dressed; this is an unfortunate oversight, but the fabric is quite fragile so we do not intend to dress it again until it is needed for display.

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