|A panoramic view of the temporary exhibit "Over and Under: Accessories and Undergarments of the Early 1800s"|
The introductory panel just explained what the overall theme was and a little bit
about the language used to discuss the time period.
My collection of clothing and purses is mostly from the 19th century, but I don't have a lot of things that date before 1840. When I pulled the early items that I do have, they fell into three categories: purses, undergarments, and sewing tools that I borrowed from my mother's collection. It didn't easily lend itself to a unified theme, but we came up with the idea of "Under and Over" so that we could focus on things that went under clothes, or over them as decoration and accessories.
With some extra show-stopper items loaned by Mary Doering, a fellow collector and a friend, we put together a neat little display if I do say so myself. Not only did I get to include family pieces in the exhibit, but I also dedicated the exhibit to my grandmothers who both passed away last year. The Julia Waterman shift was a highlight because we had oral history to include with it.
The exhibit closed at the end of October, and I've returned my mom's sewing tools and Mary's contributions, but I took so many pictures that the display can live on here. So now I'll let the images and captions speak for themselves.
|The first section of the exhibit talked about how ladies employed their fancy sewing skills to embellish clothing in the early 19th century.|
|The objects in the "Over the Top Adornment" section included sewing kits and tools from my mom's collection, and a ca. 1830 dress from my collection with elaborate tambour work on the skirt.|
The next section, "Bare Essentials" discussed undergarments and other accessories of propriety,
like caps and stockings. Julia Waterman's shift was included here.
We had two caps in the exhibit, both of which
were made of lightweight cotton with lovely
tambour stitching as decoration.
Other undergarments included my hand-knit stockings with the date "1819" on them, and a pair
of pockets from Mary's collection that tied at the waist under a lady's skirt.
|The last undergarment in this section was a man's shirt, ca. 1825. We also sneaked in a top |
hat with a padded carrying case, complete with compartments for hat care brushes and tools.
This tiny early 19th century coin purse is one of the purses that my grandmother and I discovered in Nanny's closet when I was a little girl. Grammy gave it to me then, and I've treasured it ever since.
|And finally, in honor of my Grammies, I included their beautiful senior pictures.|