Dinner dress, American, about 1840. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dinner dress, American, about 1840. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dinner dress, about 1840, silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, glazed cotton plain weave lining, and cotton plain weave gauze sleeve lining, cotton plain weave tape, baleen, metal hooks, accession number 52.1155, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dinner dress, about 1840, silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, glazed cotton plain weave lining, and cotton plain weave gauze sleeve lining, cotton plain weave tape, baleen, metal hooks, accession number 52.1155, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dinner dress, about 1840, silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, glazed cotton plain weave lining, and cotton plain weave gauze sleeve lining, cotton plain weave tape, baleen, metal hooks, accession number 52.1155, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dinner dress, about 1840, silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, glazed cotton plain weave lining, and cotton plain weave gauze sleeve lining, cotton plain weave tape, baleen, metal hooks, accession number 52.1155, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dress  Date: 1843 Culture: American Medium: silk

Dress Date: 1843 Culture: American Medium: silk

Wedding Dress, England, 1840.  Wedding dress in old gold satin with shoulder cape edged with white swansdown.

Wedding Dress, England, 1840. Wedding dress in old gold satin with shoulder cape edged with white swansdown.

Wedding dress in two parts (bodice). American, about 1940. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Wedding dress in two parts (bodice). American, about 1940. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Portrait of Frederika Arnold - Adolph von Menzel 1845

Portrait of Frederika Arnold - Adolph von Menzel 1845

Alexis Joseph Pérignon, 1844

Alexis Joseph Pérignon, 1844

Dress, Evening  Date:    ca. 1840  Culture:    American  Medium:    silk

Dress, Evening Date: ca. 1840 Culture: American Medium: silk

Dress  Date: ca. 1840    The waist height, the wrapping front is 1830s rather tha 1840. But the sleeves are definitely from 1839-1840

Dress Date: ca. 1840 The waist height, the wrapping front is 1830s rather tha 1840. But the sleeves are definitely from 1839-1840

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