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Object Name Dress
Object ID # 2006.16.2
Creator Maker Unknown
Place of Origin probably Southeastern Pennsylvania
Date 1900 ca.
Material Cotton, Wool
Dimensions L-55 inches
Description A ladies dress made out of a black wool with a cream pinstripe print. The dress has a stand up collar with a center hook and eye closure running from the collar to waist. The bodice is also slightly gathered, with wide tucks, that fan out, creating a billowed look. There is a self-fabric waistband that also has a hook and eye closure at the proper left side. The sleeves are set into the arm syce, and are gathered at the shoulder and full at the top, until they narrow near the wrist, probably a semi gigot. At at the attachment of the wide A-line skirt, there is box pleating in the back and sides, with a flat panel in front. The bodice is lined in a brown glazed cotton with an additional attached panel of cotton with a hook and eye closure and (metal boning inserted into the seams ). The hem of the skirt is also lined in the same cotton. The dress is machine constructed with hand finishing details.
Provenance Owned by either Annie B. Bechtel (1887-1976) or her sister, Katie B. Bechtel (1891-1980), both of Boyertown, Berks County. Both women never married and were members of Boyertown Mennonite Church.
Source Gift of Lois B. Mest & Rhoda G. Lyons
People Bechtel, Katie B., 1891-1980
Collection Clothing-Women's