Perfect for a Thanksgiving Day morning…

Orange floral and paisley dressing gown, c. 1869, worn by Mrs. Moritz of Norfolk, VA. The cashmere robe has an all-over floral pattern bordered with dramatic paisley-inspired motifs. It has long sleeves and a slight train in back. The front is open with covered buttons and buttonholes for closure. The matching belt has a wonderful large fabric rosette, quite stylish for the period.

This gown was part of the trousseau of the donor’s mother; the donor was Rosa Moritz (1876-1943) of Norfolk, VA who married Isaac Marks, a Charlestonian who along with his father and brothers owned a large department store here in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The robe was purchased at Alexander T. Stewart’s, the well-known New York department store. By 1848, Stewart’s in The Marble Palace on Broadway, was the largest retail store in the world. He then built the Iron Palace on Broadway & Ninth – 6 floors, glass dome skylight and a grand emporium that employed 2000 people. After 1868, Stewart’s included a mail order business as well and by 1876 had twenty clerks just to handle that.

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday