Offered is this 1839 black silk taffeta mourning gown owned and worn by American children’s illustrator Tasha Tudor (1915-2008) Featured as Lot 13 of the Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection Auction and Sale at Whitaker’s, Nov. 11, 2007. Auction catalog description written by costume historian Edward F. Maeder- "Black silk mourning dress, c.1839. Taffeta gown, collarless with full gigot sleeves banded down 1” at top, metal hooks with thread or metal eyes sleeves and front opening. Full front-pleated skirt. Back gathered into waistband, some piped seams, two button 2.25” cuff. Waist inset band. Hem faced with glazed brown cotton. Bust- 34” Waist 25.5”, shoulder to shoulder 14” W, total length 50.5”. Condition-Good. Scattered brown spots and three holes on the side of skirt. Estimate- $1500-2500" The included accession record from Colonial Williamsburg, where the collection was held on loan, describes it as “Woman’s Undergown, England or America, 1839. Intended as under gown for L1996-279. Condition- Some spots and staining.” Please see photos to verify condition. Returns accepted only if item is not as described. This auction lot includes the original 144-page color auction catalog, Colonial Williamsburg Accession Record, original auction lot tag, and a copy of the letter to Whitaker Auctions from Tasha Tudor regarding the collections’ provenance. Lace collar, cuffs and pin not included. $30 USPS Priority Mail shipping charge includes insurance for $1500. If more is required, please make arrangements before payment is made.