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August 4, 2015

Reception Gown

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

A two-piece claret-colored velvet and taffeta reception gown with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand and machine sewn. It was made by dressmaker Miss Jane E. Turner of New York for Mary LeDuc in September, 1877 and worn by Mrs. LeDuc at a White House reception with Mrs. Hayes, October 1877.

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