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Object ID # 1971.013.006
Object Name Dress
Title Black Velvet Evening Gown
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date c. 1910
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This black velvet, short-sleeved, floor-length, v-necked, back-opening evening dress has a black net train at the back. The train is attached at the shoulders and is embroidered(?) with silver and gold thread. It is attached to the back waistline via three large jet beads on each side of the opening surrounded by concentric circles of tiny jet beads. The opening is via eye and hook closures. There are two interior garments with their own closings also. The inner-most is girdle-like. The black netting is used to create the illusion of short sleeves, though the velvet body of the dress is actually sleeveless. There is dense, V-shaped jet beading around the bottom edges of the neckline with several long, vertical beaded strings hanging down to the solar-plexus area.
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Previously owned by Marjorie Spragge of Owen Sound, Grey County who suggested it is circa 1910, but did not mention who it belonged to/wore it (likely a family member).
Collection Textiles, 20th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Velvet/Net/Thread/Metal/Satin?
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Spragge, Marjorie