WASHINGTON, MARTHA. 1731-1802.
A swatch of fabric from the wedding gown worn by Martha Washington, yellow brocade, approximately ¾ x ¾ inches, pinned to an Autograph Note Signed ("George L. Upshur"), 1 p, 8vo, conjoined leaves (integral blank), November 25, 1915, testifying to its authenticity, and gifting the fabric to his friend, Mrs. Charles A. Sherman, with an envelope bearing an autograph note by Mrs. Sherman testifying to the same.
Provenance: George Littleton Upshur; Mrs. Charles A. Sherman.
As described in the note by Upshur (which he signs as Martha Washington's "great great great grandson"), "Mrs. Washington's attire on the occasion of her wedding to General Washington was overdress of yellow brocade, silver bodice & silver petticoat trimmed with lace pearls & lilac slippers." Upshur's mother was the grandniece of George Washington Parke Custisthe grandson of Martha Washington (through her first marriage to Daniel Parke Custis) and later the adopted son of George and Martha Washington. George Washington and Martha Custis were married on January 6, 1759, in New Kent County, Virginia. A replica of the yellow brocade wedding dress is on display at Mt. Vernon.