Modesty piece for wedding dress
1730-50 with several alterations into the 20th century
Silk brocade, needlepoint lace; silk chiffon
Later alteration to wedding dress using original yellow and cream silk brocade for the creation of a modesty piece; piece attaches with hooks and eyes into gown front replacing missing stomacher; cream silk chiffon covers decolletage.
According to the donor, this wedding dress was worn by Cornelia de Peyster, daughter of Isaac and Maria (Van Ball) de Peyster, on October 12, 1712, when she married Oliver Stephen Teller (b. 1685), son of Andres and Sophia (Van Cortlandt) Teller. It was also worn by the donor on the occasion of her marriage, April 30, 1908.
Gift of Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe
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