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Marie has a German bisque head, blonde hair, and blue eyes. Her costume was adapted from The Story of Louisiana, written by Maurice Thompson in 1888. She wears a purple woolen skirt with a white batiste chemise, cap, and apron. Over her chemise, she has a woven bodice that is laced in front and which may have stood in for a corset in this instance. The colors chosen are typical of the vegetable dyes produced during the period. She also wears woolen stockings and colonial leather shoes with buckles. During this fashion era, aprons were not an emblem of domestic service, but a fashion accessory worn by...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Written on back of miniature "Genl. Lafayette as at the anniversary of the Battle of York Town Oct. 19th, 1824. by W. Birch after A. Schaffer"
Created by: Birch, William
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Martha has a German bisque head with Titian hair and blue eyes. She wears a beige wool afternoon suit with brown military braid trim. Her shoulder cape, attached to her short jacket with side points, has three-tiers and a brown taffeta lining. With this, she wears a navy blue velour hat with beige and peach ostrich plumes and beige and brown boots. An underdress of brown watered taffeta shows beneath the jacket and skirt. During the 1890s the trend turned toward tailored ensembles, or "suits", as women began to earn wages and needed clothing that provided a professional air. Wool...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Rembrandt was the third child of the famed American artist and museum founder Charles Willson Peale. Peale trained all of his children to be artists: Rembrandt completed his first self-portrait at the age of 13. His first big opportunity came at age 17 in 1795; his father introduced him to George Washington. He painted Washington throughout his early career, producing nearly 70 portraits. He also painted this charming portrait of the first First Lady, Martha Washington. The eldest daughter of Virginia planter John Dandridge, Martha was born in 1731. At 18, she married Daniel Parke Custis, an older, wealthy planter,...
Created by: Peale, Rembrandt
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Mary has a German bisque head with brown hair and blue eye and a horsehair body with curved arms. Though hers eventually became one of the leading families of Louisiana, she started life as a working woman and her costume reflects that. Because of the revolution still raging in France, few fabrics and other imports were available and so clothing became simpler in any case during this period. There was an actual ban on silk and velvet, and most costumes were made of linen or cotton. Mary wears a gown of brown calico, a printed cotton (meaning the pattern is printed on the cloth rather than woven...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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One of several children of Charles Willson Peale named for famous artists who became artists themselves, Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860) was one of the foremost portrait painters of the early American republic, his first acclaimed portrait one of George Washington painted when the artist was only 17. Besides painting many of the famous men of his time, including President Thomas Jefferson and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, Peale also immortalized young society ladies like Mary Clare Jacobs. In addition to producing more than 600 paintings, he and his brother Rubens established two of the earliest museums in America to be illuminated by...
Created by: Peale, Rembrandt
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(1553-1558) Black basalt medallion. Kings and Queens of England. Impressed: WEDGWOOD.
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Manufactured by: Wedgwood, J.
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Wife of William III (1689-1694). Black basalt medallion. Kings and Queens of England. Impressed: WEDGWOOD L and "MARY II"
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Manufactured by: Wedgwood, J.
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1833 Matilda Matilda wears the typical attire of a middle class woman in the 1830s, a flowered cotton chintz morning dress with full skirt and sleeves. The rise of textile factories meant that patterned fabrics were now woven rather than printed. Her gigot sleeves, sometimes also called leg o mutton sleeves, helped create a broad profile at bust and hip with a narrow waist the hour-glass figure that became the ideal for women. To achieve this, women tightly laced their corsets and wore multiple layers of petticoats. To pull their laces tight and because almost all female clothing fastened...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: C.M. Bergman
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Carbine. 34-1/4" length overall. Blue; Partially checkered stock and forestock. Engine turned slide, rear sight leaf and magazine follower. Black checkered rubber butt plate. Copper bead front sight on ramp. 80 oz.(5 lbs.).
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Manufactured by: Waffenfabrik Mauser
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