Brown and cream striped day dress from the Civil War era

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Created by
Unidentified
Manufactured by
India Rubber Comb Company, 1854 - 1890
Subject of
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007
Medium
cotton cloth with vulcanized rubber buttons
Dimensions
H x W (flat): 53 3/4 × 29 1/4 in. (136.5 × 74.3 cm)
Type
dresses
Date
1865-1875
Description
A brown and cream striped cotton day dress from the Civil War era. The dress has a fitted collarless bodice that buttons at the center front with six (6) black vulcanized rubber buttons marked on the reverse "I.R.C. Co. / 1851. / GOODYEAR". The fitted full-length sleeves have a detail at the wrist with the fabric sewn on the bias. Self-piping is sewn at the gathered waistband, which is more heavily gathered in the back. The skirt is full with a wide hem that falls at or below the ankles. The dress is both machine and hand sewn. The bodice and sleeves are lined with a plain cotton muslin. The skirt is not lined. There is one inset pocket at the proper right hip, with the pocket made from plain cotton muslin.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Fashion
United States--Social life and customs
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
Object number
2007.3.34
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
Black Fashion Museum Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Clothing-Historical
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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