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Diadama Morgan Field's Wedding Gown

Date: 1785
About this artifact

Diadema Morgan (1764-1788) wore this blue gown of imported glazed wool damask at her wedding to Phineas Field of Northfield in 1785. The petticoat and kerchief are modern. White did not become the traditional color for a woman to wear on her wedding day until the 20th century. Brides wore many different colors. A woman did not expect to use her wedding gown only once; damask and other fine textiles were too costly to invest in a one-event garment.

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Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA