17 results for tag: Historical Clothing


Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 27

Toward the bottom of the trunk I found the black wool suit formal jacket and vest that was part of a three-piece wedding suit belonging to William H. Kramer (Cramer) when he married Rachel Minerva Hendricks in Indiana, December 28, 1873.  The jacket has a two-button front closure, with no exterior pockets.  The back has two pleats with buttons at waist and a single back center seam vent.  It is fully lined with cotton and faille, the upper front bodice and under arm area is quilted.  There is one inside slash breast pocket.  Interestingly, there are two finished pocket-like gaps at in the lining at the back.  No ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 26

Charles A. Ratcliffe, 1905 Here is a black wool crepe man's suit jacket belonging to Charles A. Ratcliffe.   This long, thigh length jacket is shaped in at the waist and out over the hips in a style of the 1880s or 1890s.   Three of the four front buttons have working buttonholes; the bottom button has a non-working, decorative buttonhole.  At the top of the right lapel is a small open buttonhole, perhaps for a flower?  At the back are two pleats is the skirt portion of the jacket with decorative buttons at their top.  The center back seam has a vent opening from waist to hem.   The outside of the ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 25

 These formal trousers belonged to William Sutton.  They are black wool crepe, and appear to be part of a formal suit.  The trousers have black decorative tape down the side seams, 3-button fly, one slash waist pocket, two side seam pockets, two back welt pockets, and six waist buttons for suspenders.  The label attached to underside of lining of the waist pocket states “Guaranteed by The House of Kuppenheimer. W.J. Sutton, 6/7/24”   The inseam is 33.5”, and the waist is 40”.  It would appear Mr. Sutton was not a particularly tall man, and had some girth. Wm Sutton, 1925 Our collection has a ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 24

Here we have a delightful man’s vest belonging to Louis Van Patten.  Mr. Van Patten was the manager of the Cheney Rotary Rod Weeder manufacturing company in #Cheney for many years.  He also served twice as Cheney’s mayor (1913-1919 & 1944-1948.) The vest is blue and green, fully lined, homespun cloth, single-breasted with 6-buttons, it has a brown faille back with a self- fabric belt.  The pale blue lining of polished cotton has one pocket on the interior right side where the label is attached from Strauss Brothers "America's Leading Tailors", Chicago, 4311, Order No. 98801, for Mr. L. Van Patten.  Another label ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 23

Next out of the trunk is this heavy (!) black/charcoal, unlined, double breasted thigh-length (or at least over-the-bum-length) boiled wool coat with shawl collar, two breast vertical leather-welt pockets and two horizontal front leather-welt pockets, 2.5' leather sleeve end, and 2-button back belt.  The back length from collar seam to hem 36."  The leather trimming looks to me as protection for areas of wear on a work, or field, coat. The coat belonged to William J. Sutton, whose barn is one of the icons of #Cheney.  He had large wheat growing land holdings around Cheney and, with his family, throughout Lincoln and Adams counties ...

Discoveries in the Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 22

Stepping back in time once again, next out of the trunk is this black taffeta dress with organdy/organza collar, cuffs, fronts-piece; wrap overskirt which is padded and decorated with a quilt-like stitching pattern.  I believe this is the dress identified in a note in the trunk as Nellie Webb’s Normal School graduation dress of 1896.  Miss Webb received her teacher’s certificate  in the Spring and taught at Grier school starting in September of 1896.  In 1899 she married Fred Reuter and became the mother of five children. Her graduation dress has an over-skirt which is shorter than the underskirt and has a scalloped ...

Exhibit: The Marriage Book Project

The Marriage Book Project Wedding costume from the 1800s An exhibit of wedding costume and photographs from pioneer to modern times. Includes costumes from our collection as well as some loaned items. If you or your family called the #Cheney area home, you are encouraged to bring in or send us your wedding photo or those from your ancestors to add to our marriage book.  We can scan your photo for you. Exhibit runs from May 2nd through September 28th.  Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, donations keep us going.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 21

Another of the Kathleen Kennedy collection.Here we have a black wool crepe, close fitting coat dress with a black crepe lining, princess seaming, two front seam pockets, shoulder pads and pleated shoulder, fold-back collar, and three one-inch button front closure. There is no label in this dress. This is a very smartly tailored dress. I admire Mrs. Kennedy’s sense of style. Help us properly care for and preserve these artifacts.  Learn more about how you can help.  Click here.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 20

Continuing with the Kathleen Kennedy collection. This is a beautiful grey linen coat-dress with peach silk lining, short cuffed dolman sleeves, fitted bodice, front-pleated skirt. It has twelve, self-covered button front closure (one button missing, also missing belt), a 1-inch stand-up collar, and keyhole front.  The dress is 46" back length from base of collar to hem.  The label is from, Jack Huston, California.   I wasn't able to find anything on a search of the label.  It’s a very stylish, up-scale, business or afternoon organizing committee dress.  I would guess it’s from the late 1950s or ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 19

We jump to the 1950’s, and a piece from the Kathleen Kennedy collection.  This is a navy blue, faille taffeta, 3/4 cuff sleeves, unlined, calf-length flared coat.  The coat closes with a single hidden hook-eye at the neck.  It has a 1.25" Mandarin collar, dolmen sleeves, and two front angled welt pockets.  Label: Sunkissed, made in California, Frederick & Nelson, Seattle.  Back length, 42.5" from back of collar to hem. Kathleen Kennedy and her husband lived on 6th Street at J, across from Sutton Park.  I didn't know Mrs. Kennedy, but it is clear from the collection of clothes she left to ...