We do not have any information that tells us who originally wore this dress. This dress has its original removable collar and undersleeves. We also have what we believe to be the original buttons to this dress. They are garnet-colored stones, set in gold-colored metal, that would insert through the holes on the right side. The dress is a classic example of the style of dresses from the 1850s. It was exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.