The items shown below are in our special textile collection racks. They are organized so that in case of a disaster these textile racks are handled first, thus we call them our evacuation racks. These items are in their boxes in loose categories but the boxes themselves on the rack may not be in the same category. They are listed here by rack and box number. The items themselves will also appear under the proper category on their corresponding page for easy location for researchers. Only one photo of each item is shown here but more photos and information may be found on their proper catagory page by clicking on the blue linked words and scrolling down to the proper item(s).
Rack 1 Evacuation
TB2 R1 Evacuation
1980-286-09 Abildgaard Cape
This item is very fragile and should not be removed from the box without the support. This beautiful black silk cape from the late 1800’s features a standing collar of pleated silk ribbon followed by a row of the black scallop lace and a row of pleated ribbon. The front is decorated with a wide scalloped black lace echoing two rows of wide gathered satin ribbon. This cape is fully lined on inside with a bubble gum pink ribbed silk. This cape is 21 inches long.
This was donated by Montine B Abildgaard who was born May 15, 1921 and died December 15, 2011. Her obituary says was born in Kinderlou. This cape looks as though it is circa 1880 so it must have belonged to someone in her past. Other items in the acquisition were also dated around circa 1880’s. Her parents were Shennie (1881-1961)and Martha Townsend Bass ( 1886-1963). John L Townsend and Nancy Loraine (1864-1908)Townsend from Pinetta, Florida were Montine’s maternal grandparents. Therefore, This could have belonged to her grandmother. See Capes
2016-51-24, Vallotton Collection
This is a black silk print angel sleeve with fringe evening short jacket, It appears to open in the back, closes with snaps, shaping, darts from bottom to bust line [lower shaping darts] and lined with brown cotton lining. The back waist length 9 ¼” long, 23” high waist, to be worn over a blouse and full skirt waist indicated by a V vent in front. See Womans Fashion
UNK #1a & #1b,
1a-This suit, matching jacket and gored skirt, are beautifully made and detailed. The fitted jacket features a high collar edged in black taffeta embroidery which also runs down center front. This jacket closes at the front with large hooks & eyes. Dark green wool bodice has black long sleeves with turned up cuffs in green wool trimmed with black embroidered taffeta. Black 7/8” wide flat braiding trims the front. The jacket length is long and cut away in a geometric shape. The back of jacket also fitted with a shaped hem at hips and decorated with the flat trim. The inside is fully lined with black taffeta. Very tailored. Waist of jacket 27”, back waist length 15 ½”, bust 34”. Condition good
1b-The matching 18 gored Skirt open 13 inches from bottom to give full skirt with a fitted front through waist and hips. It closes in back with hooks & eyes. Hooks were embroidered over with thread. All skirt seams are finished with fabric. . Hips 37 ¼”, length of skirt 35 ½”, width of bottom of skirt 130 ½”. Condition good See Woman’s Clothing
UNK #2 TB #2
Mrs. J. B. Jones could be Acq 85-460-1 Kathleen Bolton described as Black dress early 1900’s or 71-25-1-Miss Eloise Mallory this one described dress as Black Taffeta ladies 1870’s This dress is early 1900 with taffeta underlay. What is certain is that it is Mrs. JB Jones dress. The black underdress is of taffeta while the top layer is appliqued and embroidered leaves onto black netting. The collar is a high standing and supported collar with black beading. The front bodice balloons over at the waist suggesting a Gibson girl look very popular in the early 1900s. Mrs. Susan Elizabeth “Sadie” Young Jones was married to Jerry Jones who built a plantation and dam (Mill Pond) just north of town. The road Jerry Jones in Valdosta is named after this man and the road is located where his plantation once was. See Woman’s Clothing
TB 70 R1 Evacuation Rose Collection
1979-72-04 TB 70 E.P. Rose Periwinkle dress
This dress is in delicate condition and should be handled with the support.
This dress’s protector shields are stamped: “Guaranteed by Mrs. A. H. Taylor Company, Bowling Green, KY, J 3 13 [June/July 3 1913]”. Carrie Burnam Taylor (1878-1917) was a well known dressmaker. This periwinkle dress is made of a crepe looking background and damask flowers. For a detailed description of this dress and a chance to look at its construction, please see the woman’s fashion page.
This dress belonged to Caroline Smith Rose (1873-1943) who lived with her husband Elbert Pinkney Rose (1862-1930) at 1007 Patterson Street. This building still stands today. EP Rose was a business man. In the 1904 directory he was in turpentine manufacturing and again in 1908 it lists him in the naval stores but by 1913 he is listed in the Ingram Buggy and Harness Co (this building still stands in downtown) and President of Valdosta Fuel and Oil. In 1923 it lists him as President of the Bank of Valdosta.
1979-272-06, TB 70E.P. Rose Collection, Black silk skirt
This black silk taffeta six gourd skirt is also from the EP Rose Collection probably belonging to Caroline Smith Rose family. It is a full length skirt which closes in back with three ½” hooks. and chain stitched eyes. Again this skirt has beautiful construction common in this era, This skirt is fully lined on inside with brown polished cotton made as one with skirt with pinked seams. The back has a large pleat 4 ½” to allow for a bustle while the skirt back hem is also longer to accommodate the bustle. The hem is weighted and stiffened with heavy buckram. This assists to carry the two rows of 2 ” ruffle of black silk with matching double edged ruffle. To see more details please scroll to this item on the Woman’s Fashion page.
1979-272-05a-d TB 70 EP Rose Collection, Long Scarf-like pieces
Also included in this EP Rose collection is four narrow white long fabric pieces possibly to be worn as a tie around the waist or as a neck tie each of which is only decorated on the two ends.
-05a, white cotton, 3 ¾” wide by 38 ½” long, selvedge edges lengthwise, ¼” double hem on ends decorate with entredeux (It is important to note that not all the pieces that come to the museum are in perfect condition but are a clue to our textile history. Before discarding a piece that is not in perfect condition but may have historic value, please contact a museum, a university, and/or a library. Once the piece is gone the history may be lost forever!)
-05b, white cotton 4” wide by 46 ½” long, selvedge edges lengthwise, ½” double hem on each end with ½” lace edging
-05c, white cotton, 3 ¾” wide by 43 ½” long, 1/16” double machine hemmed edge lengthwise, 2 ¼” eyelet floral/bow embroidery pattern on each highlighted with black, scalloped edge also highlighted in black.
-05d, white cotton 3 ½” wide by 44” long, 1/16” double machine hemmed edge lengthwise, ¼” double hem on ends with entredeux and ¾” lace edging