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Tea gown

circa 1907

Unknown French Maker (, - present)

A tea gown was a luxurious garment for a woman to wear at home while at leisure. Social custom considered it essential to gracious living and dictated that it should be worn after five o’clock. A tight corset was often relaxed beneath the tea gown. One lady recorded that “in a tea gown one feels less pursed up [and that she] would become petulant when the time came for the maid to squeeze her into her tight dress.”

This gown was worn by its original owner to a tea party for President Teddy Roosevelt in 1907.

Place object was created: France

cotton lace, linen thread

Measurements:    width: 25 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, donated by Mrs. M.W. Peterson 1983.75.142A-B

Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH