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about 1830-1840
Original Owner:Originally owned by the Brace family , American
Original Owner:Originally owned by Buell family , American
Original Owner:Originally owned by the Allen family , American
Clothing Maker:Made by Unknown
Hand-stitched cotton
Primary Dimensions (length x width): 10 1/2 x 30in. (26.7 x 76.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Seth P. Holcombe and Mrs. Gilbert A. Wicke
Gallery Copy: A popular fashion of the 1830s and 1840s, pelerines are separate wide, cape-like collars, often made of fabric corresponding to the dress fabric, or of white cotton usually decorated with embroidery. These collars sometimes had long extensions, called lappets, which hung down the front and were placed under a belt. This particular type of pelerine is sometimes referred to as a fichu pelerine. While pelerines could be used for modesty or warmth, their primary purpose appears to be as a decorative accessory.
Description: Woman's pelerine of sheer, white muslin, cut in a semi-circular shape. The neck edge is plain. The bottom is edged with a self-fabric ruffle, headed by an insertion of needlerun net lace. The insertion is edged by piping. The ruffle is edged with 1/4-inch-wide plain net.
Object Number: 1981.15.27
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