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On January 6, 1759, Martha Dandridge Custis, the wealthiest widow in Virginia, married the young colonel George Washington. About her neckline and sleeves she wore fine Mechlin lace, considered by European royalty to be the "Queen of Laces". This piece likely adorned the neckline of Martha's dress. It was later removed by descendants and kept as a memento of the defining occasion when she became Washington's wife, and the nation's future first lady. More





Linen, bobbin lace


Overall (H x W): 2 in. x 20 in. (5.08 cm x 50.8 cm)


Purchase, 1956

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