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  • Wedding Dress, 1918

    This dress was worn by Virginia Palmer Bradfield Ward for her wedding in 1918. It was an exquisite, expensive gown. It remains in remarkably good condition. The overskirt feels like rayon, which may help to explain the excellent condition of the piece. Virginia Palmer Bradfield Ward 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 Michigan's Up…

  • Service Hat, 1918-1920

    Dr. Frank J. Sladen (1882-1973) graduated from Yale University in 1902, and Johns Hopkins University in 1906.Following his schooling, he also served his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore until 1912, when he became their chief resident physician.During that time his research included blood coagulation, and the use of meningitis and diphtheria antiserums.Dr. Sladen came to work at Detroit General Hospital in 1913 as the Chief of Medical Service.After Henry Ford took over the f…

  • Navy crepe maternity dress from the early twentieth century

    This navy crepe women's maternity dress has long sleeves with cuffs, is gathered at the waist by an elastic and has navy blue floss embroidered trim. The top is collarless in front and has an 8" collar in back. The dress is fastened by several sets of hooks and eyes around the waist band. The ankle length skirt has a flying panel at the front attached to a yoke band, and the peplum is attached at the back. There is a 24" band around the waist which hooks under the flying panel in front.

  • Black crepe women's coat from the early twentieth century

    This black crepe, loose-fitting women's coat has a very wide black Persian lamb fur collar. The long, loose sleeves are heavily embroidered with flower and leaf patterns in rust, turquoise and gold metallic threads. The coat is fastened by one button at the center front and a snap at the throat. The lining is rust colored crepe. Label: "Importers, B. Siegel Co., Detroit, Mich."

  • Women's gold kid pumps from the early twentieth century

    This pair of woman's gold kid pumps has a King Louis type heel, and a small gold kid bow on vamp. The shoes have a pointed toe, and a 2" heel. Label inside R.H. Fyfe Co., Detroit. Marked inside in ink A.1025. Used with gold kid compact #59.283.002

  • Women's wine color, two piece wool suit from the early twentieth century

    Woman's wine color, two piece wool suit, having a three quarter length coat/jacket with a large square collar of wine velvet that is edged with black fur. The coat/jacket's sleeves are tightly fitted with wide cuffs of velvet and fur to match the collar. Additionally, the fitted coat/jacket has a loose flap-like peplum, and three pleats at each side of the waist. Dark, plain wood buttons are down the front of the jacket and serve as a decoration on the peplum, and at each side of the back. …

  • Women's navy and bright green satin suit from the early twentieth century

    Woman's navy and bright green satin suit. The jacket resembles a bolero over a blouse, and has a deep V-neck with a narrow collar. It also has three quarter length sleeves and is decorated with heavy embroidery. The skirt is "hobble" style. Label: J. Hock, Detroit.

  • Belted Wool Outdoor Jacket with Shawl Collar, 1918

    Belted outdoor jacket of gray wool with a shawl collar. This item was owned by Alfred Gaston Wilson (1883 – 1962), husband of Matilda Rausch Dodge (Wilson). Matilda was the widow of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Company.

  • Men's Black Wool Vest, 1918

    Black wool vest, which was owned by John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • White Satin Wedding Slippers, 1918

    White satin wedding slippers. (A gift from Stanley Kresge?) This pair of shoes 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.

  • Black Beaver Top Hat, 1918

    Black beaver top hat. Size 7 1/8. This item was owned by John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.