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Object Name Shirtwaist
Object ID # 1991.15.2
Creator Maker Unknown
Date 1899 ca.
Material Cotton
Dimensions L-19.25 inches
Description A ladies shirtwaist made out of sheer white cotton organdy. The neckline is high with a flat seam collar, while the yoke which is created by a high inset seam, comprised of sets of thin pintucks and lace inserts. There are no buttonholes so it is likely it was pinned at the neck with a brooch. At the yoke seam there is pleating which creates a gathered look to the shirt, which fans out to two cinched sections. At the back there is a similar single gathering at the lower center which creates the fanned out look down the center front. The sleeves are set into the arm syce with some gathering at the shoulders and are long with an attached flounced cuff, with an overlay of net at the seam, and a pleated flounce trimmed with bobbin lace.
Provenance Worn by Hanna C. Rittenhouse Clemens (1880-1977) at her May 27,1899 wedding to Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965). Donated by her daughter-in-law.
Source Gift of Mildred Landes Clemens
People Clemens, Jacob C., 1874-1965
Clemens, Hanna C. Rittenhouse, 1880-1977
Collection Clothing-Women's