Dress of dark brown silk brocade embroidered with pattern of small, light purple rosebuds. Bodice (a) is fitted, with stays sewn into the front darts. High standing collar. Dropped shoulder seams with set-in sleeves; sleeves are fitted and trimmed with black lace and bead trim at wrist. Crocheted buttons down center front opening. Light brown chintz lining. Skirt (b) done in crinoline style. Very full at center back waist, with small pleats and gathers. Inverted pleats at sides. Plain front. Hook-and-eye and snap closures at proper left waist. Ankle length in front; slight train in back. Light brown chintz lining.
Dress was worn by Mary Jemima "Mima" Malcolm for her marriage to Thomas Raffington on January 4, 1863. Wear marks indicate that this dress was worn many times following the wedding.
The wear on the sleeve hem and under each arm shows that this dress was worn repeatedly after the wedding. The bride added lace and even changed the buttons to update the dress. A hand-written label sewn into the lining reports that the dress survived the Great Chicago Fire because it was stored in the sole trunk that the family carried as they fled the fire's path.