This yellow, ankle-length silk garment with a high waistline is a maternity dress – the shape and cut indicate this. The silk was presumably produced in a French manufactory. Who the wearer of this dress was can only be reconstrued in parts. The fact that it was found in a chest belonging to the local heritage association ‘Heimatverein Schöneiche’ in the mid-1980s appears to suggest that it originated from the town’s castle. The dress is hence likely to have been owned by Friederike Struensee von Carlsbach (1787 - 1858), who was the daughter of Carl August von Struensee (1735 - 1804), Prussian Minister of State and Chief of the Customs and Excise Department, and who married Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig (1782 - 1856) in the year 1804.


  • Title: Empire dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1810 - 1820
  • Location: Schöneiche near Berlin, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: h135 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: silk­cotton satin, sewn, top lined with damask fabric, painted with a scattered pattern
  • Inv.-No.: N (26 H) 80/2003
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018719
  • External Link: Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Text: © Koehler & Amelang Verlag in der Seemann Henschel GmbH & Co. KG / Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / und die Autoren Photo: © Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

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