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Wedding dress

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Titles Wedding dress
Description Two-piece wedding dress worn by Abby Newell at her wedding to Arthur H. Mills held at Fort Snelling on October 24, 1857. Both jacket and dress are of blue taffeta with black brocade trim. The jacket (.A) has horizontal bands of black brocade across the front and black and brown fringes along the waist and cuffs. Five blue silk flower shaped buttons fringed with black beads and blue silk balls adorn the front, with two on each sleeve. The skirt (.B) is adorned with black brocade in a floral design. Hand sewn and fully lined.
Quantity 2 items
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 31 inches length (9114.A, jacket)
15 inches width (9114.A, jacket)
46 inches length (9114.B, skirt)
8 1/2 inches width (9114.B, skirt, at waist)
33 inches width (9114.B, skirt, at bottom edge)
Nomenclature wedding dress
Materials taffeta
brocade (textile)
bead (pierced object)
Subjects Used by: Mills, Abby Newell
Used in: Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Clothing. Women's Special Purpose Clothing. Wedding Clothing
Clothing. Women's Dresses. 1800-1850s
Dates Creation: Exactly 1857 (Abby Newell Mills was married 10/24/1857 in New Haven, Connecticut (see "Personal recollections of Minnesota and its people, and early history of Minneapolis" John H. Stevenson),)
Notes A three-dimensional model, in pdf file format, is available for this object.

Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 9114.A,B (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Linda Bryan on January 20, 2012 01:44:31 PM
    Glad to see this item on the MHS website. Thanks! I had heard that there were not open sleeves of this sort in the 1860s. But hey, here they are!
  • Linda Bryan on January 20, 2012 01:46:46 PM
    Whoops! Make that "had heard that there were not open sleeves of this sort in _1850s_"

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