Thursday, May 29, 2014

1840s Dresses at the American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

With a family wedding in Maine, I took the opportunity to take a week long vacation back east to visit the greater Boston area, which was on my history to-do list for a while.  We visited Old Sturbridge Village (Ian's favorite), Lowell Mills National Park (twice!), the MFA Boston, followed the Freedom Trail in Boston, Cape Neddick, Maine, and on our second time in Lowell we visited the American Textile History Museum (which was closed the day we went before).  I thought I'd share a few photos of 1840s dresses that I saw in person that I have posted as inspirations to some of my projects!  I may have squealed in delight when I happened upon the two below. :)
1838-1843 cotton & wool blend dress with pelerine.
1838-1843 cotton & wool blend dress, pelerine detail.
1845-1848 cotton dress.
1845-1848 cotton dress front detail.


  1. Beautiful 1840s dresses! Wish I had seen them, too!

  2. I'm fascinated by the wild stripes of this era...

  3. Thank you for this! Have been researching 1840's and not finding the wild examples of print I remember seeing. So much of what is in books suffers from the pretty disease - only the most amazing of examples make it into exhibitions and books.

    These were pricy prints!


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