Item 105309 - Phebe Cole's electric-blue taffeta dress, Alexander, ca. 1863

Item 105309 - Phebe Cole's electric-blue taffeta dress, Alexander, ca. 1863
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Item 105309
Phebe Cole's electric-blue taffeta dress, Alexander, ca. 1863
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Phebe Cole Townsend of Alexander owned this dress as a young women, prior to her death at only 18 years-old in 1865.

The vivid blue color of this silk taffeta dress was the product of the emerging chemical dye industry. Other features of the dress include a pointed waist bodice with long trumpet sleeves, edged with black Cluny lace and jet glass beadwork.

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