Backmark: I. G. Owen Newton, N.J. “Negatives Preserved” Additional Copies from the plate from which this picture is taken can be had at any time if desired.
Date: c. 1860
Location: Newton, New Jersey
Note: Photo taken at the same studio as the Woman in Plain Silk.
Dress: Perry wears a one-piece dress composed of a bodice attached to a skirt. The fabric is printed with a regular pattern of small flower bunches or geometric shapes in straight rows. The fabric may either be wool or silk or a mix of the two. The drape of the fabric, especially in the sleeve, looks to me like wool.
The bodice is darted and closes at center front with hooks and eyes. Note that the two fronts are poorly matched, indicating that Ms. Perry made this dress herself or hired a less-skilled dressmaker.
The sleeves are wrist-length in a wide sleeve, which may either be classified as a modified pagoda, or an extra-wide two-piece coat sleeve. The sleeve is pleated to fit into the armsyce, and hangs clumsily around the arm.
The skirt is floor-length and appears to be knife-pleated. The hem is bound with wool tape.
The dress is trimmed with wide box-pleated ruching over the bodice and down the sleeve. She wears a belt -colored blue in the original photograph- and a watch tucked into the belt, with the fob hanging below. She is probably wearing undersleeves, though they are not visible, and she wears a narrow flat collar fastened in front with a brooch.
Hair: Her hair is center parted and combed low over the ears. At about ear level her hair is rolled towards the face slightly, creating just a hint of a puff. She wears a headdress of decorated hairnet, and drop earrings.