Monday, March 2, 2015

Late 1890's Bodice












From the seller:

Offered for sale is a Wonderful Vintage Ladies' Silk Jacket, Authentic c1880-1900

This vintage jacket is a fabulous example of period clothing. The waist is tightly cinched, and the ballooning sleeves are finished with a delightful ruffle. The deep mahogany brown silk fabric is accented with a black checkered coordinating fabric. The front button closure features tiny black jet buttons. This is a fabulously stylish garment of the Victorian Era. The stitching detail is wonderful. The silk is deteriorated in several places, depicted in the photos. This item would be a wonderful display or museum piece.

The approximate measurements are:
Jacket Shoulder to Shoulder : 12"
Approximate length of Jacket: 21"
Approximate Waist: 24"


The use of various fabrics is very interesting in this set. The overall detail is fantastic. The condition is good for the vintage with expected wear to fabric. The photographs depict this.


From Me:

Although this is a poor display, I'm pretty sure this is from about 1898. The sleeves aren't that big and the tiny skirt around the edge of the bodice was a stylish option then.

Edwardian White Summer Dress








From the seller:

Another gorgeous vintage dress. All cotton antique eyelet and cut lace. Hook and eye closure throughout. Lots of detail as shown. No damage or tears, just overall, usual aging. May require a stitch or two to tighten an eyelet or so but not really necessary. Only note one visible freckle spot. Measures lying flat:
bust 28
waist 23
hips 36
length 50


From Me:

Most likely a young miss dress based on the measurements. The higher waistline means we are seeing something from between 1908-1913. The high neckline but without a collar means this is probably from about 1909.

Late Teen's Era Evening Dress












From the seller:

This dress is just amazing. It is all black glass beads, sequence and tube beaded, netting lace over a black satin-like silk shift slip, all attached. Bottom front is just the black satin dress. Dress is about a size 10/12, more or less. It was impossible to measure but the mannequin is an 8 and this fell on her loosely. It is in amazingly great shape although it is slightly fragile and should be handled with care. It is all in one piece and the only damage is a tear on the one arm which could easily be tacked closed. There is some bead loss, no huge gaping gaps for such an old dress. All beads and sequence were saved and will be included.

Design alternates from fields of black sequence to rows of black tube beads with some larger nobs. These are all glass, not synthetic. Dress is very heavy but holds up, it is slightly fragile as noted but can be worn although it should be worn gingerly. This is the real deal here, just amazing. Train is outrageous, just stunning and is lined with the silky satin. Weighs almost 8 pounds.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please ask about shipping fees.
PLEASE NOTE: Most items for sale have been found at estate or tag sales. Although they may have been laundered, please be aware that this does not guarantee that there is not the possibility of residual odors from their original households. Buyer should be aware of this if age, pets, storage dust, smoke or any other unavoidable odors is an issue.

MEASUREMENTS are as accurate as possible but can vary from point to point.


From Me:

http://alessandrakelley.com/artblog/?attachment_id=265


The black and white drawing is from 1918 - the colorful one is from 1917. The extant dress still has a train, similar to the dresses from 1917, but the style is very much in keeping with the fashions of 1918.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

1830's Pink Shoes!






From the seller:

A magnificent pair of 1820’s deep pink rose satin straight shoes that are fresh from the Pederson estate in Orange, MA.. The shoes are French made and have the French words for left and right hand written inside lining. The front openings are trimmed with a tiny darker pink silk bow and the openings are bound with darker pink silk. The shoes are lined with linen and kid leather. They are in excellent and sturdy condition. There is a tiny bit of wear to the back heels and on one side of one shoe. This age flaw is very minor. Length 9 ½ inches Width 2 ½ inches. A rare color to add to a shoe collection.

From Me:

1830's shoes at the V&A for comparison.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mid 19th Century Plaid Dress







From the seller:

A lovely 1860’s brown, tan and navy blue plaid silk and wool blend dress. The dress was originally worn by Lottie Pederson of Orange, MA. The bodice has short ruffled cap over sleeves and full pagoda styled sleeves. The cap sleeve and pagoda sleeve are trimmed with bands of black velvet. The dress still retains its original white cotton eyelet under sleeves. The neckline, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The front of the skirt has a partial drawstring waist. The drawstring is missing and will need to be replaces. The skirt is unlined except for a wide band of cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress has underarm discoloration that can be seen in the photos. There are a few tiny scattered nips in the fabric but nothing major. There is some fraying near the front waist and on the binding on the edge of the hemline. Antique clothing is for display/collecting and should not be worn. Bust 32 Waist 26 Skirt length 40 Width at hemline 132.

From Me:

http://www.sil.si.edu/ImageGalaxy/imageGalaxy_enlarge.cfm?id_image=8698

The above is from 1851/1852. This is another one of those made in the 1850's, redone during the American Civil War dresses. The skirt is very much 1860's, but the sleeves, the neckline, and slope of the shoulders screams 1850's.

1830's Cotton Dress









From the seller:

An early 1830’s white cotton and eyelet trimmed dress. The dress is all hand stitched. The front and back of the bodice has soft gathering and a center band of eyelet trim. The shoulders, sleeve cuffs and skirt hemline are decorated with the same eyelet trim. The neckline, shoulders and armscyes are all piped. The bodice has a back hook and eye closure and is partly lined with linen. The lower edge of the skirt has four rows of wide pin tucking. The dress is in very good condition. There are a few scattered tiny age spots and two small ¼ inch splits on the lower edge of the skirt. Antique clothing is for display/collecting and should not be worn. Bust 32 Waist 26 Skirt length 39 ½.

From Me:


https://www.etsy.com/listing/159911198/hand-colored-victorian-fashion-plate?ref=shop_home_active_21

The above is a fashion plate from 1833.