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Chandler Wedding Dress Fragment

Chandler wedding dress fragmentPiece of Wedding Dress, circa 1620
Fabric, board, and paper
Gift of Parker Chandler, 1949.002.004

This faded dress fragment is said to have come to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620 as a wedding dress. It came to the Chandler family via Sarah Bradley Allen who lived in Duxbury before moving to Kansas City, MO.

It is interesting to note that there is no other provenance for this piece of fabric, in fact the family that preserved it for so many generations had long since forgotten whose dress it was. What mattered was the connection it had to the Mayflower.

For another example of a saved wedding dress fragment, view the piece from the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Priscilla Mullins Alden dress here: https://www.masshist.org/february-fashion.


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