Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

Dress Depret (French) Date: ca. 1867 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 14 in. (35.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 63 in. (160 cm) The Met.

Dress Depret (French) Date: ca. 1867 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 14 in. (35.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 63 in. (160 cm) The Met.

croquet- 1860's croquet handles were much longer then modern day handles, so that a lady didn't have to bend over so far.

croquet- 1860's croquet handles were much longer then modern day handles, so that a lady didn't have to bend over so far.

Skating ensemble Date: 1863–67 Culture: British Medium: (a) silk, fur; (b) silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 27 in. (68.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 45 in. (114.3 cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 1980 Accession Number: 1980.72.1a, b

Skating ensemble Date: 1863–67 Culture: British Medium: (a) silk, fur; (b) silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 27 in. (68.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 45 in. (114.3 cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 1980 Accession Number: 1980.72.1a, b

Dress, American (attributed), 1865-69. Lavender taffeta woven in warp ikat flowers, high round neck, purple center front buttons, purple ribbon with rondels across chest in V and fringe, skirt full in back. Belt attached over skirt. Kent State Univ. Museum

Dress, American (attributed), 1865-69. Lavender taffeta woven in warp ikat flowers, high round neck, purple center front buttons, purple ribbon with rondels across chest in V and fringe, skirt full in back. Belt attached over skirt. Kent State Univ. Museum

A three quarter length white cotton Marcella archery jacket with pagoda sleeves, trimmed in military style with braid and covered conical buttons. Worn by Mrs. Fanny Giveen, the wife of Captain Xavier Giveen, in 1855.

A three quarter length white cotton Marcella archery jacket with pagoda sleeves, trimmed in military style with braid and covered conical buttons. Worn by Mrs. Fanny Giveen, the wife of Captain Xavier Giveen, in 1855.

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