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Wedding dress and petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton muslin lined with linen, and sleeves trimmed with bobbin lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Bessie Miller

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA5, shelf FIG2 []

Physical description

White cotton muslin dress and cotton petticoat.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1851 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton muslin lined with linen, and sleeves trimmed with bobbin lace

Object history note

The dress and petticoat are associated with a horsehair lace bonnet (T.366-1988). The ensemble is linked with the marriage of Eliza Sneath to Joseph Candlin in Sheffield in 1851.

However, the petticoat does not correspond with the overdress, as the sleeves are too long for the lace-trimmed lining of the dress bodice and would hide the detail of the lace edging on the lining. It is a nice and rare example of an utilitarian full petticoat of the period.

Descriptive line

Cotton wedding dress and petticoat, made in England, ca. 1851


Cotton (textile); Linen (material)


Plain weave; Lined; Bobbin lace making


Marriage; Fashion; Women's clothes; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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