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When she married Colonel George Washington on January 6, 1759, Martha Dandridge Custis is said to have worn a "petticoat of white silk interwoven with silver," a gown of "deep yellow brocade with rich lace in the neck and sleeves," and these lavishly embellished shoes of "purple satin with silver trimmings." The combination of expensive, imported yellow and purple silks with silver and gold decorations would have produced a regal appearance that conveyed her elevated social and economic standing. More


c. 1750-1759



Silk, linen, leather, metallic lace, thread, sequins, wood


Overall: 4 11/16 in. x 3 in. x 9 1/4 in. (11.89 cm x 7.62 cm x 23.5 cm)


Purchase, 1975

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