This Dress Survived for More Than Three Centuries at the Bottom of the Sea – The New York Times

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«The dresses, probably made in about 1620, were about 30 years old by the time they went down with the ship. The silk dress had a wider waist and was probably for an older woman, researchers said. The silver dress may have been a wedding dress, which could mean that the two dresses had different owners, they added.»

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