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Wedding dress ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk, embroidered net, lace, kid, mother of pearl

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the daughters of the late Mrs. John Bell

  • Museum number:

    T.53, A to J-1930

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, room 40, case CA20

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Physical description

White silk satin wedding dress with overdress of embroidered flounced net lace, white satin bonnet, a bonnet-veil of applied bobbin lace motifs on net, a handkerchief of white embroidered cambric, a pair of garters of fine canvas embroidered with rosebuds, and a fan with a leaf of Brussels lace initialled H.B. (for Henrietta Bell) on mother of pearl sticks
[Wedding dress] White satin with bodice cut low at the neck and short sleeves.
[Wedding overdress] Embroidered net with three deep flounces and a sprig pattern.
[Wedding bonnet] White satin in "coal-scuttle" shape, pleated inside, with long tying strings of satin. Plain net veil attached.
[Garter] Silk embroidery on canvas with a pattern of rosebuds on a wavy stem. Register notes it may contain elastic.
[Garter] Silk embroidery on canvas with a pattern of rosebuds on a wavy stem. Register notes it may contain elastic.
[Handkerchief] Honiton applied bobbin lace
[Handkerchief] Embroidered cambric.
[Fan] Folding fan of Brussels point de gaze with flowers and the initials H.B. The sticks and guards are of mother of pearl.
[Glove] White and brown kid leather
[Glove] White and brown kid leather
[Sprig] Sprig of artificial orange blossom.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1848 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

silk, embroidered net, lace, kid, mother of pearl

Marks and inscriptions

[Fan] 'H.B.'

Dimensions

[Wedding dress] Weight: 1.18 kg
[Wedding overdress] Weight: 1.18 kg
[Wedding bonnet] Height: 6.5 in, Width: 9.5 in in front, Depth: 9.75 in
[Garter] Length: 13.75 in, Width: 1.25 in
[Garter] Length: 13.5 in, Width: 1.25 in
[Handkerchief] Length: 16 in, Width: 15.5 in
[Handkerchief] Length: 18 in, Width: 18 in
[Fan] Width: 19.5 in open, Length: 10.375 in of guard
[Glove] Length: 9.25 in, Width: 3 in
[Glove] Length: 8.75 in, Width: 3 in
[Sprig] Length: 6.75 in

Object history note

Worn by Henrietta Woodcock on the occasion of her marriage to John Bell on June 28th 1848, at Manchester Cathedral. The fan bears her married initials of H B.

The bonnet has an attached veil of net, and there is a second separate bonnet-veil (mistakenly accessioned as a handkerchief at time of donation, although there is also an embroidered cambric handkerchief). This second veil was probably worn in the manner described by the donor of another 1848 wedding dress in the collection. Although the bonnet to that dress (see T.180, A to C-1927) has not survived, the donor clearly described her mother's bridal bonnet as having had two veils draped over the front and back, which would explain the presence of a second veil in Henrietta Woodcock's bridal ensemble.

There is also an associated pair of gloves (see T.53H and I-1930) which are probably anachronistic and from the early 20th century, and a sprig of wax and paper orange blossom (T.53J-1930) attached to the dress bodice

Descriptive line

White satin with overdress of embroidered net lace and accessories; England; worn in 1848.

Exhibition History

Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington 17/12/2011-22/04/2012)
The White Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashions (Bendigo Art Gallery 11/08/2011-06/11/2011)
Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington 17/12/2011-22/04/2012)
The White Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashions (Bendigo Art Gallery 01/08/2011-06/11/2011)

Labels and date

Garters
Britain
1848

Cotton canvas embroidered with silk
Worn by Henrietta Woodcock for her wedding, 28 June 1848
Given by the daughters of the late Mrs John Bell
V&A: T.53C, D-1930 [2011]
Handkerchief
Brussels, Belgium
1840s

Muslin, embroidered with the cipher HB, with deep border of Brussels appliqué lace
Acquired by Henrietta Woodcock for her marriage to John Bell, 28 June 1848
Given by the daughters of the late Mrs John Bell
V&A: T.53E-1930 [2011]

Materials

Silk (textile); Cotton (textile); Canvas; Silk thread; Mother of pearl; Net (textile); Kidskin

Techniques

Embroidered; Sewing; Satin weave; Plain weave; Bobbin lace making; Needle lace making; Machine made netting

Categories

Fashion; Marriage; Accessories; Hats & headwear; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

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