Dress, 1865-1870

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Purple and black plaid silk taffeta
Gift of Margaretta Hemphill Baker

The vivid purple color of this dress, which was worn by Ann Pierce Crosby, may have been made by a newly available dye called mauve. In 1856, William Henry Perkins accidentally discovered mauve, a bright purple color derived from coal-tar chemicals. Variations of purple and lavender were especially popular colors because they were used for what was known as half-mourning, which followed the solid black of full mourning. 

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