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Object Name Dress, Wedding
Object ID # 1987.66.1
Creator Maker Unknown
Place of Origin Berks County, Pennsylvania
Date 1837
Material Silk
Description Teal blue silk taffeta dress with full "leg-of-mutton" sleeves ending in pointed turned up cuffs, with a fan-pleated bodice in front. The skirt had been raised with pleats and tucks and some point, and then lowered again to full length (the crease lines are still obvious).
Provenance Worn by Elizabeth H. Bechtel (1816-1897) at her 1837 wedding to Henry G. Schantz (1807-1864). She was the daughter of Mennonite bishop John Bechtel (1779-1843) and Elizabeth High Bechtel (1789-1873) of Hereford Twp., Berks Co. Henry G. Schantz was also the son of a Mennonite minister. After their marriage, Henry and Elizabeth lived near Hosensack, Lehigh Co., and were members of Upper Milford Mennonite Church.

The dress was passed down to Elizabeth's daughter Mary B. Schantz Longacre, then to her daughter Katie May Longacre Grant, and finally to her daughter Dorothy, the donor. The donor remembers wearing the dress as a Halloween costume in her teenage years in Quakertown, PA.
Source Gift of Dorothy Longacre McGann
People Schantz, Elizabeth H. Bechtel, 1816-1897
Schantz, Henry G., 1807-1864
Collection Clothing-Wedding Dresses