Wedding gown, ecru silk dress in simple Quaker style, crocheted buttons with silk fichu, net cap. (c. 1855)
In 1855, the bride, Mararet Williams, married Jabez Jenkins. The bride and groom sat before the Quaker meeting and recited their vows. There was no minister; they believed that they were married by God. (Quakers did not wear veils)
Reception dress, three-piece light blue silk taffeta with gold cord trim on bodice and sleeves, pearl buttons. Cage crinoline underskirt, which relieved women of the weight from multiple layers of petticoats that were previously used to achieve a desirable fashion profile. (c. 1867)
Trousseau Hat − Natural wired straw, with matching ribbons. Label − Lydia Longstreth, "Straw & Fancy," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Donor − Mrs. R. O. White. Worn on a honeymoon in Paris by her relative.
Parasol − White silk taffeta with exquisite carved ivory handle.