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  • Dress, about 1932

    Worn by Virginia Palmer Bradfield Ward, this is a striking, beautiful dress used for evening wear. The fine but very plain crepe is exquisitely cut, with the rhinestones making the whole dress seem even more streamlined. It likely was worn with a small belt, now gone. Virginia Palmer Bradfield was born 1897 in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born in to one of Michigan's oldest mining families.Her great grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer, was a pioneer investor and developer of mines and railroads in Mi…

  • Hat Pin, about 1935

    This is an Art Deco plastic jewel; it is unclear what material it is made out of.It could be phenol formaldehyde, known generically as Bakelite.(Bakelite is the name given to objects made of phenol formaldehyde by Bakelite Corporation of Britain or the United States and, technically only to those pieces) It could also be celluloid (cellulose nitrate).In any event, it is an early twentieth century plastic.

  • Navy Blue Print Crepe Evening Dress, 1933-1935

    Sheer navy blue print crepe dress with white stylized flowers in an all-over pattern. Square neckline with 2.5 inch wide shoulder straps.Self-fabric bows at left neckline and left hip. Deep V-neck in back. Attached white silk slip. Clothing label: MAINBOCHER INC. This garment was owned by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, daughter of Mr. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan.Mainbocher was one of Mrs. Firestone's favorite designers, according to her daughter, Mrs. William C. Ford. This is one of only t…

  • Coral Silk Evening Dress, about 1935

    Sleeveless floor-length dress with matching long-sleeve jacket in coral silk crepe. V-shaped neckline in front and back; floating curved panels over bust; sewn tucks over midriff. Self-fabric button closure in back leaves small, diamond-shaped opening in middle of back. Short half-belt in back. Seams curved over hips with slight fullness below knees. Weighted bottom. China silk half-slip in matching color. Waist-length, double-breasted jacket with suplice closure and 2 self-fabric buttons. No co…

  • White Silk Organza Evening Dress, 1932-1933

    White silk organza evening dress. Bias-cut bodice with small pieces of organza forming cap/shawl sleeves which hook to center back straps. Criss-crossing straps covered with irridescent white sequins and tiny silver bugle beads. Full skirt covered with scallops, each edged with organza ruffle and decorated with sequins and beads. Self-fabric sash. Back closure of self-fabric buttons and loops. Cream silk crepe chemise. Clutch purse covered in irridescent sequins to match dress. Clothing label: J…

  • Black Velvet Dinner Dress, 1933

    Black silk velvet dinner dress. Scooped neckline with trim and bow of white fur, possibly rabbit, ermine or weasel. Short, puffy inset sleeves. Flared bottom. This garment was owned by Mrs. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan.A photograph shows Mrs. Firestone wearing this dress with a black beret in January 1933 at a function for The Oxford Group in Akron, Ohio.

  • Women's light blue T-strap slippers from the late '20s or early '30s

    A pair of woman's light blue grosgrain and satin T-strap slippers with cut out work on vamp, and blue buckle straps and heels. Label: Fyfe's Detroit.

  • Evening gown of ecru lace from the 1930s

    This women's evening gown of ecru lace with ecru chiffon underskirt is sleeveless with wide shoulder straps and a scoop neckline front and back. It has a wide lace collar or ruffle with a scalloped edge which covers the bodice front and back. The plain, flared skirt is ankle length. It has a wide suede belt covered by the same ecru lace, with a rhinestone buckle. There is a loose, waist length jacket with short sleeves having wide mink fur cuffs. It is scalloped around the entire edge and …

  • Silver Tissue Evening Gown with Cape, 1933

    Textured silver tissue evening gown, bias cut with a flared skirt at the hem. There is also an over cape of royal blue velvet trimmed with silver tissue inserts on the back. This item was owned by Frances Dodge (November 27, 1914 – January 24, 1971), who was the eldest daughter of John Francis Dodge (co-founder of Dodge Motor Company) and his third wife, Matilda Rausch Dodge (Wilson).

  • Silk Velvet Evening Gown with Rhinestone Clasp, 1933

    Gray-beige silk velvet evening gown accented on the small of the back with pleated, fan-shaped velvet. Details include a rhinestone clasp on the back and trim of silver braid. The sleeves are slit and weighted, which was popular in 1933. This item was owned by Frances Dodge (November 27, 1914 – January 24, 1971), who was the eldest daughter of John Francis Dodge (co-founder of Dodge Motor Company) and his third wife, Matilda Rausch Dodge (Wilson).

  • Georgette Party Dress and Cape, 1933

    Three-piece party dress consisting of slip, dress and cape. Gray georgette dress and cape. Dress has pink machine lace bodice. The break between the georgette and lace is edged in embroidered flowers of lavender, pink and green. Long sleeves have pointed and weighted elbows. Bodice has weighted folds forming a bateau neckline. The skirt has a two tiered ruffled hem. A cape of georgette edged with diamond gussets softly ties in the front. Gray crepe slip. This garment was owned by Matilda…

  • Wool Crepe Day Dress with Embroidered Bodice and Sleeves, 1933

    Gray wool softly textured crepe day dress with top and sleeves of embroidered chiffon. Cuffs are of wool. Accented on teh left front at waist with a chiffon and wool bow. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Print Silk Crepe Day Dress with Lace Collar, 1933

    Day dress of printed silk crepe in off-white medium dark brown. Collar of machine lace in light brown, edged in dyed dark brown. Sleeves and cape effect in back of dark brown lace. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Three-Piece Crepe Suit with Gingham Taffeta Accents, 1933

    Three piece suit of beige/gray satin backed crepe with accents of red and white checkered taffeta. Dress has accents of taffeta covered buttons down the front. The jacket is lined in checkered taffeta. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Raw Silk Day Coat with Scalloped Edge Around Front Buttons, 1933

    Natural colored raw silk day coat with lining of royal blue silk with orange polka dots. Accents include a scalloped edge around the buttons and button holes down the front opening, a yoke top, four large self covered buttons and a flap sailor collar in the back. The raglan sleeves have turned up cuffs with button accents. The entire coat is cut full and has two patch pockets. This item was owned by Frances Dodge (November 27, 1914 – January 24, 1971), who was the eldest daughter of John Fra…

  • Striped Silk Velvet Dressing Robe with Gold and Pearl Clasp, 1933

    Varigated burgundy striped silk velvet dressing robe with smocking across the front of the shoulders. Accented with box sleeves, and a gold and pearl clasp on the waistband. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Men's Three-Piece Pin-Striped Suit, 1933

    Brown pin-striped suit, consisting of single-breasted jacket, pants and vest, which was owned by Daniel Dodge (1917 – 1938), son of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), the co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Wool Vest and Pants, 1933

    Vest and pants of black wool, which were owned by Daniel Dodge (1917 – 1938), son of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), the co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Velvet Cloche Hat with Ostrich Feathers, 1933

    Dusty blue velvet cloche with upward turned brim accented on the sides and back with blue ostrich feathers. This item was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Felt Cloche Hat with Upturned Brim, Felt Flowers, and Veil, 1933

    Bankers-gray felt cloche with upturned brim. Accents inlcude gray felt flowers on the back and a gray veil. Hat has a very tailored appearance. This item was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.