facebook
twitter
search
search

Martha Washington's dress fabric for sale

Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Officials with the Philadelphia-based Raab collection said they are selling a piece of fabric from one of Martha Washington's dresses.

Nathan Raab, vice president of the Raab Collection, said the 5-inch-by-9-inch swatch of fabric from a dress belonging to President George Washington's wife can be purchased for $40,000, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Thursday.

In our experience, this is unique," Raab said of the item, which might be the only piece of Martha Washington's wardrobe to be sold to collectors.

Raab said the swatch comes with a letter written from one-time owner Alden Freeman when he gave the fabric in 1932 to Nan Britton, a woman who claimed to have had an affair with President Warren G. Harding and alleged he was the father of her daughter.

Freeman said in his letter he was giving the fabric to Britton for her "efforts to secure justice not only for President Harding's daughter but for all other wronged and disinherited children of unmarried mothers."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Great white shark attacks underwater cage with diver inside
Homeless man insists thousands of dollars raised for him go to charity instead
Bubble wrap loses a little of its pop
Dolphin breaks woman's ankles after jumping into family boat
Cows filmed fleeing from police van, running farmer in Scotland