This satin wedding dress has a straight ruffle lace collar and a lace jabot at the center front of the neckline. The buttons along the front of the bodice are made of celluloid. The bodice also features ruching along the center front, the bottom, and at the back of the neck. The back of the bodice has a green satin bow at the tail. The skirt has ruching and knife pleats along the hem. Features that indicate this is an 1880s dress are the narrow waist and bustled skirt, the ruched and pleated embellishments, and the lace jabot which was a common type of neckpiece that was worn.
This wedding dress was made and worn by Sarah Pierce when she married Frank E. Leonard on October 15th, 1882.
Dr. Noyes Latham Avery Jr. Dr. Noyes Latham Avery Jr. was born on May 31st, 1909 to Dr. Noyes L. Avery Sr. and Evelyn Leonard Avery. He married Ann Edmunds in 1942 and passed away on December 8th, 1996.
Sarah Leonard Sarah P. Pierce Leonard was born in 1859. She married Frank E. Leonard and had two children, Evelyn and Franklin. She was the maternal grandmother of Noyes L. Avery Jr. M.D.. Sarah passed away in 1950 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.