Dress of dark brown silk poplin trimmed with light brown yellow silk satin. Bodice (a) has crew neckline with long sleeves and center front button closure. Skirt (b) is full with cartridge pleats into waist band and small train. Belt (c) has fishtail design at the center back and closes with hook and eyes.
Part of the trousseau of Mrs. Ebenezer Andrews, Jr. (née Helen E. Robinson) of 389 Wabash Ave., mother of the donor. The wedding took place on September 15, 1869. The gown was cut and fitted at Field, Leiter and Company.
Although modern weddings rarely include a trousseau, for centuries the bride's practice of bringing clothing and household items to her new home was essential. Marriage was often the first time a young woman would have lived outside of her parents' home, and her trousseau prepared her for her new role as wife. Today, the bridal shower stands in place of the trousseau.