- Item 105342 - Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow's spencer jacket, Portland, 1827
- Contributed by Maine Historical Society
- Item 105342
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's mother, Zilpah Longfellow, owned this gold silk walking jacket when she was 49 years old and living on Congress Street. The short-waisted spencer style was seen in fashion magazines of the period. Zilpah's jacket was likely made around 1827, as indicated by handwriting inside the jacket stating: "1827/Mrs. Z.W.L."Show Details
The front of the jacket is decorated with 25 covered buttons with golden thread, and the back features a pleated ruffle. The item is pictured with a substitute muslin slip, used for the purpose of photographing the jacket.