Examination of Martha Washington's Dress for Restoration

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The dress of Martha Washington is in the process of restoration. An area badly in need of professional restoration can be seen at the elbow of the dress. Here, the dress is being examined by a professional conservator, Mrs. Sara Taft. The gown is part of the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History.


  • Taft, Sara
  • Washington, Martha 1731-1802
  • National Collections


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 20, Folder: 3

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Women
  • Preservation
  • Historic preservation
  • Clothing and dress
  • History
  • Artifacts
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Preservation of materials
  • Costume
  • Exhibitions
  • First Ladies Gowns
  • Museum mannequins
  • Presidents
  • Conservators
  • Costumes
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Women--History


United States


  • Photographic print
  • Object
  • Person, candid

ID Number

71-2824 #4

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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