|Unknown New Bedford, MA woman ca 1864-69|
This week's Fashionable Friday features a young Civil War era woman from New Bedford, Massachusetts wearing a military style hoop dress. I believe the military style is my favorite of the 1860 dresses. I love the strong contrast of the trim and buttons against the fabric, in this case the dark trim against probably white or off-white silk. The detail on her sleeves is unique as well and she also has the lacy undersleeves. Additionally she is sporting a flat bow at her neckline.
The photographer was M. Smith of No. 134 1/2 Union St. in New Bedford. This was actually Morris Smith who was reported to have been active at this address as a daguerreian between 1849 - 1860 and remained active in New Bedford as a photographer until the 1880's according to Craig Cameras.