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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/66
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 130 mm, monochrome. Woman in Elizabethan style dress.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Engraved with an imposing woman in an elaborate gown with a tall, broad, standing ruff. The very full skirt and overskirt are gathered into a long pointed waist which would have had stays. The bodice has short sleeves or epaulettes beneath which the long undersleeves are puffed out and gathered in at intervals: in the Marie style. The ruff and long waist are features of the "Elizabethan" period (ca. 1550-1625) but, apart from the over-full skirt, the silhouette most resembles that of the 1840s. It is probably an 1840s version of Elizabethan dress, illustrating a story or play.

  • Height: 130mm
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