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    Mary Todd Lincoln: Silk Mourning Dress Ensemble. Four components of a mourning dress owned and worn by Mary Todd Lincoln. These include: 1) a silk corset. 2) a 38" cotton petticoat. 3) a 30" cotton petticoat with lace trim at bottom. 4) a 57" black silk dress with four round buttons on each cuff, sewn-on belt and overall pattern of leaves.

    Mary Todd Lincoln spent much of her adult life in mourning, having three sons and a husband precede her in death. She was often photographed in mourning attire. This ensemble is part of a group of Mary Todd Lincoln items retained by the Fowler Family of Chicago. Mrs. Fowler was a neighbor and friend of the First Lady, receiving letters and mementoes from her, many of which are offered in this sale. We include a copy of a 20th century partial inventory and Letter of Provenance from a Fowler Family member which refers to this item ("dress"). We are also selling two other articles of clothing from the same holding.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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