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Wedding Dress

Artist/maker unknown, American, Quaker. Worn by Lydia Poultney, American (Philadelphia) 1788 - 1871.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Silk satin

Center Back Length: 51 1/2 inches (130.8 cm) Waist: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Lydia Thompson Morris, 1932

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This dress is associated with Philadelphia Quaker bride, Lydia Poultney, who married James B. Thompson in 1809. The wedding dress, while devoid of superfluous ornament, is made of an elegant silk and fashion conscious: a high waist and short puffed sleeves were a la mode in 1809. For the wedding ceremony at the meeting house, bonnets with veils and neckerchiefs would also have been worn.