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Highlights : Rituals : Weddings

Subcategory Weddings contains 14 item(s).

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front Wedding Group
This photograph reveals how weddings had evolved by the 20th century into more elaborate events that often included white gowns and flowers for brides and attendants for both bride and groom.
front Bride
c. 1920
This photograph of an unidentified bride was taken by J.E. Purdey of Boston, Massachusetts c.1920.
front Wedding Ring of Mrs. Hannah (Taylor) Hoyt
By the turn of the 19th century, more and more couples were sealing their wedding vows by exchanging rings like this gold band given to Hannah Taylor (1772-1864) by Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833) upon their marriage in 1794.
front Wedding gown
Diadema Morgan (1764-1788) wore this blue wool gown at her wedding to Phineas Field of Northfield, Massachusetts, in 1785.
Page 1 Letter from Justin Hitchcock to Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt
Apr 3, 1778
Justin Hitchcock (1752-1822) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, followed 18th century custom and protocol when he asked for permission in this letter to Mercy Hoyt's (1756-1834) parents to court their daughter.
document Announcement of Marriage Intention of Wells & Hoyt
Jul 12, 1794
By notifying the town clerk of their impending marriages, these two Deerfield couples complied with Massachusetts law requiring couples to post banns, or intentions to marry, at least three weeks before the marriage took place.
front "SW" Joined Chest
Constructed of oak and pine boards that are mortised and tenoned together as rails and stiles, this storage chest for textiles was made between 1695 and 1720.
front Wedding shoes
This style of shoe, known as "pumps" was often worn on formal occasions.
front Man's vest
c. 1810
This patterned silk vest was worn by Seth Sheldon (1787-1860) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, when he married Caroline Stebbins in 1810.
front Wedding Dress
This gown was worn by Mary Graves Montague of Williamsburg, when she married John Montague, from Sunderland, on October 7, 1830.


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