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Object Name Dress
Object ID # 2005.13.5
Creator Maker Unknown
Place of Origin probably Southeastern Pennsylvania
Date 1897 ca.
Material Cotton, Silk
Dimensions L-39 inches
Description A child's dress made out of dark brown silk and light silk moire. The dress has an attached high stand up collar comprised of a light brown silk moire with an attached ruffle of the brown silk taffeta. The yoke is comprised of the same moire but it has been pintucked on both the front and back. An attached bib collar, extending from shoulder to shoulder is also made out of the same moire, and trimmed with ruffled brown silk on both edges. The rest of the bodice is softly pleated, created by the cartridge pleating at the waistband which fans upward, and creates a slight billowy look. The sleeves are set into the arm syce and are long and cut coat style. There is an inset waistband made out of the same brown silk moire, which is also used to line the waistband. The dress has a hook and eye closure on the back, running from the collar down to the waistband. There are two skirts attached at the waistband, a brown glazed cotton underskirt, and the exterior skirt comprised of the brown silk, with cartridge pleating at the back. The outer skirt is constructed with "gored" made out of groups of three tucks, running the entire length of the skirt. Attached to the bottom of the skirt is a self-fabric ruffle. The bodice is lined in the same brown glazed cotton and the dress is machine constructed with hand finished details. The hem of the underskirt is lined in the brown taffeta.
Provenance Worn by Eva K. Lederach (Hess) (1891-1973), daughter of John & Elizabeth Kulp Lederach of Lederach village, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County. In adulthood, she married Norman H. Hess (1889-1952) and they were members at Salford Mennonite Church. The dress was inherited by her niece, the donor.
Source Gift of Mary Jane Lederach Hershey & Hiram Hershey
People Hess, Eva K. Lederach, 1891-1973
Collection Clothing-Children's