Bling!: Gorgeous Gowns and Dazzling Dresses :
Object Name:
Dress
Object ID:
2770-89
Date:
1881
Owned:
Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer
Used:
Washington D.C./Oshkosh/Chicago
Made:
Nodine, Mrs M./Chicago
Description:
Olive-green silk satin with chenille embroidered flower front panel bustle-type gown. Basque-bodice of olive-green with dark red velvet collar and trim down edges of front button closure; sleeve ends trimmed with same type of chenille embroidered flowers; the bodice is attached to the train of the skirt at the back where there is a dark red velvet rosette. The skirt mainly of the olive-green silk satin has ruching at sides and inset pleats of the dark red velvet, the entire front panel of the skirt is an applied multi-colored embroidered chenille floral with the bottom ending in multi-colored chenille fringe. The inside waist ribbon is stamped with the dressmaker's name: Mrs. M. Nodine/1210 Wabash Avenue/Chicago

This dress was worn by Mrs. Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer, an article 3/22/1881 in the Oshkosh Northwestern about a social event in Washington, D.C. may be describing her wearing this gown.

Mary Eleanor Jewell was born in Canaan, NY on July 3, 1842. Daughter of Henry Chapin Jewell; wealthy Oshkosh lumberman, Mayor of Oshkosh, and State Congressman who came to Oshkosh in 1852. She married Edgar Philetus Sawyer on October 18, 1864. They had two children; Maria Melvina "Nia" Sawyer Chase and Philetus "Phil" Horace Sawyer. She died November, 1910. Part of the Oshkosh Public Museum is housed in the mansion she called home.

Donor was granddaughter of Mary Eleanor Sawyer and daughter of Mrs. C.C. Chase (Nia Sawyer)
Click to Enlarge
Image 
Image 
Image 
Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer P2001.01.049Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer P2001.01.049