Clothing & Textiles

Apron 1951.1.14

Woman's long white cotton apron, floor-length.  Rows of small sewn horizontal pleats, machine stitched, divided by a larger one. Worn by Janet Watson Seward.  "Janet Watson" written on band.  Fastened with mother of pearl button instead of ties.  Hand-hemmed, c. late 1850s.

Chinese Embroidered Silk Panel

Portrait of Sec. Seward in center with his three sons along the top. Also pictured are the eight taoist fairies. Presented to Sec Seward during his visit to China in 1870.

Height - 120in

Width - 70in



Decorative neck armor made of hardwood.

Inuit Armor

Though William H. Seward spearheaded the purchase of Alaska for the U.S. in 1867, he did not travel there until 1869. During his trip he purchased several pieces of traditional Inuit armor for his collection. Many of the pieces are crafted from marine life hide, Asian coins and hardwoods.