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Object Name Bodice
Object ID # 1986.44.8
Creator Maker Unknown
Place of Origin probably Southeastern Pennsylvania
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1900
Material Cotton, Silk, Wool
Dimensions L-18 inches
Description A ladies bodice made out of a black novelty woven silk and wool blend. The bodice has a high self-fabric band collar and there is a centered hook and eye closure. At the waist there are pleating that fans up and out creating vertical tucks flank the front closure, while also giving the bodice a softly pleated appearance. The long sleeves are set into the arm syce with gathering at the shoulders. The sleeve are wide until they meet the cuffs which have an ornate button closure and a pointed edge to the upper half of the cuff. At the back the fabric has been cinched at the lower back which creates tucks on either side. The bodice is lined in black glazed cotton and is machine constructed with hand finishing details.
Provenance 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 bodice was eventually passed down to her granddaughter, who donated it to MHEP.
Source Gift of Mildred Hixson Moll (Arn)
People Shelly, Sarah S. Landis, 1856-1900
Collection Clothing-Women's