• Duster, about 1915

    The material does not feel as if it is all wool--perhaps wool and cotton or wool and linen. Worn by Willis C. Ward, it is typical in the styling of men's driving dusters. The material, however, is uncommon, as most dusters were generally linen. Willis C. Ward was born in 1861 to one of Michigan's wealthest families of the 19th century. His father David Ward, made his fortune in lumber and acquired and sold timbered land throughout the United States.

  • Women's navy blue wool matlesse suit from the early twentieth century

    Woman's navy blue wool matlesse suit with a cut-a-way jacket and long skirt. The V-neck jacket has a deep shawl collar and a partial velvet facing. Long narrow sleeves have three velvet ball buttons. The jacket closes with two velvet ball buttons and an elaborate velvet and self-fabric frogs. It is lined in nary color charmuse. The coat dips from waist length in front to knee length in back. Half-belt of fabric tubing and velvet at waist level. Ankle-length pegged skirt with a concealed waistba…

  • White wool crepe dress from the early twentieth century

    Women's sheer white wool crepe dress, trimmed with heavy floral lace. One piece. "V" neck, natural waist, 3/4 length sleeves. Ankle-length straight skirt with peplum of lace and wide band of lace at hem. Trimmed with rows of pairs of crocheted balls, down front and sides. Original purchase price was $125.00. Owned by Mrs. Carrie Norbury, co-owner of the Norbro Shop on Grand River at Woodward

  • Women's red velvet evening coat lined with white satin from the early twentieth century

    Woman's red velvet evening coat lined with white satin. It is a wrap-around "kimono" style with long dolman sleeves. The lapel and cuffs are trimmed with pink embroidery having metallic threads. Label: J. Hock, Detroit.

  • Full length blue and white polka dot dress from the early twentieth century

    This is a full length woman's dress of blue with white polka dot satin. It is decorated with narrow blue braid around its neck, sleeves, back and sides, which is sewn on by hand. The dress has a front closure, and a white lace inlay around its neck. The narrow long sleeves have a crochet band of fabric in their middle with a button at the wrist. The skirt pleated front and back. Label: B.A. Krenz.

  • Cream wool crepe dress from the early twentieth century

    Woman's cream wool crepe, one piece dress. The garment has a V-neck of ecru net, long fitted sleeves, a waistline that is slightly above normal, and a pleated but narrow skirt. It also has an ecru lace collar, and a bodice pleat that extends from center front over the shoulder, and down the center back side. A cross over closure on the center front side is trimmed with a band of multicolored embroidery at thewaist is edged with pink grosgrain ribbon. A peplum of crepe and multicolored embroi…