Mrs. Astor's Annual Ball: Three
Hundred Guests Attended 1-29-1900
Mrs. Astor gave last evening at her residence,
842 Fifth Avenue, her annual reception, with
dancing. This ball, as it is one of the most largely
attended private functions of the year is looked
forward to by society. It is considered as the
climax of the season, and it has taken place with
unfailing regularity, except when deferred by years
of mourning, with each recurring season.
For last evening, Mrs. Astor issued about 400
invitations, and there were over 300 people present.
The cards read "Mrs. Astor at Home, Small Dance,
R.S.V.P." The dance last night was "small" only in
name, and if anything was a more generally attended
affair than that of last Winter. A reason for this
was that Mrs. Astor has entertained but little this
Winter, and has not given her accustomed series of
state dinners. An Astor ball is always a very
handsome entertainment, and the one given last night
in no way differed from its predecessors in
lavishness of decoration and appointment.
It was quite a late affair, many of the guests
having attended the opera, and there were a few
dinners also preceding it. Both of the Astor houses
were thrown open for the occasion. Mrs. Astor
received alone in the great drawing room of the
north, or upper house, which was filled with vases
of American Beauty roses. Along the sides of the
hall were branches of flowering almonds, apple and
quince blossoms, while about pillars of the halls
were banked palms, pink and white azaleas in pots,
and "Jack" roses. Other flowers used were white
lilies, yellow jonquils, & c.
The dancing was general before supper. After that
event there was a cotillion, danced in the ballroom,
which is also the picture gallery. This apartment
has been frequently described. It is one of the most
beautiful private ballrooms in this country. The
decorations there, as in all the apartments, were
extremely simple and consisted of Mrs. Astor's
favorite flower, the American Beauty rose, Easter
Lilies, and carnations, while here and there were
The south house, which is owned by Col. John
Jacob Astor, who, with his wife, is now abroad, was
also thrown open. Supper was served at forty small
tables in its great dining room. The decorations of
the tables were flat centre pieces, with bowls of
orchids and violets at alternate tables. The
decorations of the buffet tables were of American
Beauty roses. The supper, furnished by Sherry, was
Consommé Marie Stuart en tasse.
Supreme de volaille.
Filet de Boeuf aux champignons frais Pommes
Canvas-back duck-Hominy croquettes.
Pate de foie gras en crouet.
Muet & Chandon, Imperial Brut.
Music was furnished by Lander's Orchestra and the
Hungarian Band. The cotillion which was danced after
supper was a large one. It was led form both ends by
Mr. Elisha Dyer, Jr., Dancing with Mrs. Orme Wilson,
Mrs. Astor's daughter, and Mr. Harry Lehr, dancing
with Mrs. Ogden Mills. The cotillion was, however,
entirely under Mr. Dyer's general direction, and
was, as usual, gracefully and skillfully conducted.
There were four favor figures. The favors were very
beautiful and elaborate and in every way the
handsomest given at any ball this season. In the
first figure there were handsome satin sashes of
various colors and Directoire staves. The favors in
the second figure were, for the women Dutch tiles in
blue and white, and silver trumpets for the men.
Staves trimmed with silver tulle and ribbons of
different shades were the favors for the third
figure, with flowers, pink, yellow, and white
chrysanthemums for the women, and for the men dainty
In the fourth figure, Japanese fans of scarlet
silk were given the women, and card cases to the
men. The "stags," of whom there were many, were
given, when they wished to take out a partner,
silver pencils and French bric-a-brac and trifles.
The favors were furnished by Mrs. Kate Collins.
Some of the Guests
The Count and Countess de Castellane, who had come
from Lakewood especially for the occasion, were
among the first guests to arrive, at 10:30 P.M. The
Countess wore a gown of reseda brocade, with all her
diamonds, including the Countess coronet.
Among other guests present were Mr. and Mrs. Ogden
Mills, Mrs. Maturin Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. Orme
Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pendleton, Mr. and Mrs.
Edmund L. Baylies, Mr. and Mrs. Lanfear Norrie, Miss
Barbey, Mrs. Elisha Dyer, Jr., Miss Laura Swan, Mrs.
Frederic Kernochan, the Misses Kernochan, Mr. and
Mrs. Townsend Burden, Miss Evelyn Burden, Miss Daisy
Post, Mr. and Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Clews, Miss Clews, the Misses Cameron, Miss
Marie Winthrop, Miss Hall, the Misses Morton, Mr.
and Mrs. Bayard Cutting and Miss Cutting, Senator
Depew, Baron von Holleben, the German Ambassador.
Mr. and Mrs. Watts Sherman, Mr. and Mrs. Luther
Kountze, Miss Parsons, Miss Angelica Schuyler
Church, Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry, the Misses
Gerry, Mr. Robert Gerry, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bryce,
Miss Clare Bryce, the Misses Hewitt, Mr. Thomas F.
Cushing, Miss Cushing, Mr. and Mrs. T. Suffern
Tailer, Mrs. Burke-Roche, Mrs. Cooper Hewitt, Mr.
and Mrs. Storrs Wells, Mr. and Mrs. George T. Rives,
Miss Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Porter, Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Stickney, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Emmet, Miss
Mr. and Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, Miss Mary Crocker, Mr.
and Mrs. Bridgham, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Kane, Mr.
and Mrs. Kean, Mrs. John Minturn, Miss Minturn, Miss
Field, Miss Sands, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Tailer, Mr. and
Mrs. Grenville Kane, Mr. and Mrs. A. Gordon Norrie,
Gen. Burnett and Mrs. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. George
B. De Forest, Miss Beatrice Bend, Mr. and Mrs. A.
Newbold Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Smith, and Mr.
and Mrs. E.J. Berwind.
Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Wysong, Mr. and Mrs. James L.
Breese, Mrs. Alfonso de Navarro, Mr. William
Stewart, Mr. Lispenard Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Witherbee, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Harriman, Jr., Mr. C.
Stacy Clark, Mrs. George Kingsland, Mr. and Mrs. T.J.
Oakley Rhinelander, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Drexel, Mr.
and Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster, Mr. James de Wolf
Cutting, Mr. Potter Palmer, Jr.
Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs, Mr. William Cutting, Jr., Mr.
and Mrs. W.L. Suydam, Mr. A.M. Hadden, Miss Ethel
Davies, Mr. Craig Wadsworth, Mr. David Bishop, Jr.,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. McVickar, Miss Eleanor
Robinson, Miss Augusta Robinson, Mr. Harry Sands,
the Vicomte de Garets, Mr. frederick Bull, Mr. Frank
Polk, Mr. Barclay Kountze, and Mr.. Creighton Webb.
Mr. and Mrs. Orme Wilson, R. T. Wilson, Jr., Mr.
Heber Bishop, Miss Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. J.F.D.
Lanier, Mr. E. de P. Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Parish, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Coster, Miss
Evelyn Sloane, Miss Iselin, Miss Coudert, Mr. and
Mrs. Almeric Paget, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Oelrichs.
Mrs. Post, Mr. and Mrs. F. Burrall Hoffman, Mrs. C.
Albert Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Cammann, Mr. and Mrs.
J. Hooker Hamersley, Mrs. A. Gallatin, Miss
Gallatin, Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Jones, Mrs. W.
Pierson, Hamilton, and Miss Morgan.
Some Handsome Gowns
Mrs. Astor wore a gown of black velvet princesse,
with front of skirt and the bodice antiqued in black
velvet over white satin.
The edges of the appliqué were finished with white
jet and tulle shoulder knots. She wore her famous
tiara and necklace of diamonds and great diamond
Mrs. Ogden Mills wore mauve pink satin. The left
shoulder was fastened by a large spray of
turquoise-colored blossoms, with turquoises and
pearls. The front of the gown was hung with many
strings of pearls and turquoises. In her hair Mrs.
Mills wore three Prince of Wales feathers of gold,
enamel, diamonds, and turquoise.
Mrs. Luther Kountze wore white satin with a ruching
of turquoise velvet. Mrs. Burke-Roche, yellow satin,
long train, and diamonds.
Mrs. Henry Clews, pink satin and diamonds. Mrs.
George B. De Forest, white satin embroidered in
silver, diadem of diamonds.
Mrs. Frank Pendleton, black velvet with net lace on
corswage, blue aigrette and diamonds. Miss Marie
Winthrop, blue crepe de chine, blue algrette.
Miss Atherton Blight, striking gown of pearl-gray
chiffon, embroidered in silver. The gown was held on
shoulders by strings of pearls, and around the bust
was draped white chiffon. In her hair Miss Atherton
Blight wore a large pair of silver Mercury wings.
Mrs. J. Townsend Burden, magnificent gown of white
satin embroidered in turquoise and pearls. There
were cascades of turquoise blue chiffon falling from
the waist to the skirt. The corsage was a
combination of turquoise blue and white and with it
was worn a sash of blue. Mrs. Burden wore around her
neck a superb riviere of diamonds. The corsage of
her gown was covered with the same precious stones
and a large diadem of brilliants crowned her head.
Mrs. Levi P. Morton, gray satin brocaded and
embroidered in jewels, diamond necklace and tiara.
Mrs. Frank Witherbee, white satin brocaded in
silver, magnificent diamonds.
Miss Barbey, pink satin with aigrette and plumes of
Mrs. Lanfear Norrie, rose-colored satin.
Mrs. Bayard Cutting, white satin, with panels of
pale blue, formed almost entirely of solid
embroidery and incrustations of lace, with
paillettes of silver and gold, with fringe effects.
In her hair she wore a wreath of small p ink roses,
and her necklace was of pearls. She also wore
Miss Justine Cutting was in a costume of white tulle
covered with pink roses appliquéd on the tulle, and
the under dress was of white satin.
Mrs. Whitelaw Reid was gowned in pale blue velvet,
with palettes, and trimmings of point lace, and wore
Miss Mary Crocker was in a gown of white chiffon
over white silk.
Mrs. John R. Drexel wore a dress of pale blue satin
with appliqués of pansies and her famous turquoises;
her gown was the same that she wore at her own ball
at Sherry's; a white aigrette was in her coiffure.
Mrs. Lloyd Bryce's costume was of brocaded pink
satin and her ornaments were diamonds.
Mrs. George Crocker's costume was white satin, with
insertions of lace, heavily embroidered with pink
roses, and her necklace of pearls was one formerly
owned and worn by the Empress Eugenie.
Miss Rutherford was gowned in pink chiffon over pink
silk. This gown was profusely ruffled, and each
ruffle was almost entirely covered with row upon row
of narrow pink satin ribbon.
Miss Emma Rutherford was in white chiffon,
embroidered with small pink roses, and wore pink
roses in her hair.
Miss Pierpont Morgan, pink satin and pink roses.
Mrs. Stanford White, rose pink with Bridesmaid
roses; diamonds. Miss parsons, white satin. Mrs. R.T.
Wilson, gray satin brocade and pearls.
Mrs. C. Albert Stevens, white satin and black
velvet. Diamond necklace and white plumes fastened
with diamond. Miss Iselin, gray chiffon and silver.
Miss Evelyn Sloane: Pink crepe de chine and
Bridesmaid roses. Miss Bishop: White satin. Miss
Angelica Schuyler Church: white lace and chiffon,
embroidered over white satin. Miss Evelyn Parsons:
Pale blue embroidered chiffon over same shade of