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Fashion Date: Circa 1876-1879

Hairstyle Description: This lady's hairstyle is very similar to Lady #3 in our collection and we have dated them in the around the same time frame, 1876-1879. But instead of a large bow like Lady #3, this lady has flowers. She has spit curls and a long braid like the other lady.

Costume Description: Her semi-loose coat sleeves feature very wide contrasting cuffs, which is more of a late 1870s feature than an 1880s. Her shoulder seam is also set a bit lower on the shoulder than in the 1880s. The standup lace ruff accented with a ribbon and lace jabot (tie) at the neckline was also very popular in this time frame- notice that it dips down a bit lower in front instead of being at the base of the throat. That's another clue its a bit earlier than the Lady #3. The dress appears to be a polonaise or princess style.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Sitter: None provided

Type of Photo: CDV, Size of image, 2.5" W X 4" H

Studio: Richmond Photograph Co.

Studio Location: 827 Broad St., Richmond, Virginia, USA

Date: None provided

Other information: None provided

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Disclaimer:The photos located on this website, "A Brush with History: Vintage Hairstyles," are property of The Costume Gallery collection. They may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Penny E. Ladnier, owner of The Costume Gallery. The circa dates given for the photos are an educated guess, from analyzing the fashions worn in the photo. When an actual date is provided on the photo, that date will be included in the identification marks section. The location stated by the studio may be a clue as to where this photo was taken. Please take it as a clue. Many photographers traveled to locations and took photographs… meaning that the photo may not have been taken in the same city or town as the address of the studio.

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