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Object Name Nightgown
Object ID # 1988.39.10
Other Name Nightshirt
Creator Shelly, Sarah Landis, 1856-1900
Place of Origin Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Date 1900 ca.
Material Cotton
Dimensions L-48.5 inches
Description A ladies machine made nightgown comprised of white cotton lawn. The nightgown has a ruffle flounce attached to the neck, which is higher in the back and lower in the front. There are three sets of angled pintuck decoration on the yoke. There is an inset band attached for the high, empire waistline, with gathering at the attachment. The nightgown has a two button closure at the yoke, but the placket extends down to just above the midway point of the gown with a slight gathering. The sleeves are set into the arm syce with cartridge pleating at the shoulder, and are three quarter length with the same ruffled flounce trim attached to the cuff. The rest of the gown is shapeless and voluminous.
Provenance Made and worn by Sarah S. (Landis) Shelly (1856-1900), wife of Harrison B. Shelly (1849-1927). They were members of the East Swamp Mennonite Church. The cap was passed down to her granddaughter, the donor.
Source Gift of Mildred Hixson Arn
People Shelly, Sarah S. Landis, 1856-1900
Collection Clothing-Women's