Made for Janie Wright Robinson, (1846-1919) by slave Combo on the Ashwood Plantation in Bladen County, North Carolina.
Bodice has center front closure with six buttonholes. Band collar, sloped shoulders, one inch cuff on gathered sleeves. Skirt closes at center front with two brass hooks and eyes. Muslin pocket on proper right side seam. Skirt is slightly longer in back by about 3 inches. Written inside bodice “Janie W. Robeson / 1864 / Calico 8$ pr yd brought on blockade str from Nassau Bermuda Island.” On the hem facing is written “Dress made in 1864 by “Combo” wife of “Jim Dry,” the “carriage driver” / Mother’s “seamstress” about the age of sister Sarah Ann.”
Source: North Carolina Museum of History, accession number 1993.535.1