Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lovely Late Edwardian Embroidered and Lace Summer Dress


From the seller:

An Antique Handmade Ladies Formal Dress 1800's with Crocheted Buttons

A most unusual long ladies dress...located at an estate sale... Handmade long sleeves formal dress..with appliqué ..covered buttons as a decoration all down the front and at the edge of the sleeves..Hooks and eyes in the back and at the end of the sleeves..A heavy cotton fabric...Condiiton...some fading.. some stains..Unique dress...


From Me:

There is nothing unusual about this dress and it's not as unique as the seller believes. Nor is it formal. Or from the 1800's. I really wish people would take maybe 10 minutes to do some research on some fashion plates and realize that what they are looking at is a day dress from the early 20th century and not something peculiar.

1890's White Dot Dress


From the seller:

A beautiful 1895 dotted silk wedding dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The label reads Mlle M. Werner, 198 East 27th Street, New York. The bodice has huge leg od mutton styles sleeves. It is decorated with ivory satin ribbon and bows. The bodice is lined with silk and has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt is lined with silk. The dress is in good and sturdy condition. The silk lining in the bodice is splitting. There are two light colored 5 inch drip marks and one 2 inch drip mark on the skirt front. There is no underarm discoloration. Bust 30 Waist 20 Skirt length 41.

From Me:

I did a quick check and couldn't find this one either. Maybe it was part of the Brooklyn Museum collection and not the Met? It is 1890's though! check out the sleeves and whatever that is at the waist.

Friday, July 22, 2016

1850's Wrapper Dress with a Crazy Print


From the seller:

A charming 1860’s printed challis dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fabric has a red and blue stripe pattern on a brown and tan background. The dress has pagoda styled sleeves. The front of the dress and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with bands of black velvet. The waist is loose in the front and fitted on the sides and back. The dress might have been worn for maternity purposes. The bodice is lined with cotton and the lining has a hook and eye closure. The front of the bodice has a snap closure and the skirt has a black velvet frog closure. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is light underarm discoloration on the inside lining and a few scattered small holes but not major. B 32 W 34 Skirt length 40 Width at hemline 140.

From Me:

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been in full Pennsic prep mode and will be AWOL mostly until August 13th. I will be living it up like it's 1499 somewhere in the middle west of Pennsylvania.

I think this is 1850's although it certainly could have been worn in the 1860's. The reason for my date of 1850's is because of the fabric. The way it's styled, the print and colors look too similar to many other 1850's wrappers. Like this one or this one .

Sunday, July 10, 2016

1890's Dress with Super Cute Bow Detail at the Hem









From the seller:

An 1890’s black and white figural print silk dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The bodice has a mauve satin insert that has an overlay of black lace. The lace extends over the tip of the sleeves. The bodice is trimmed with black, white and mauve beading. The waist has a mauve velvet belt. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a hook and eye closure. The skirt hemline is trimmed with large bows that are backed with mauve satin. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There are no splits or holes and no underarm discoloration. B 35 W 26 Skirt length 40.

From Me:

I tried to search for this one but couldn't find the original museum page for it. What I love is the mauve - the new and trendy dye for the 1890s. This is a truly lovely looking dress.

Teen's Era Evening Gown with Sequins!











From the seller:

All Part of a museum deaccession of clothing… a heavily sequined early gown or dress with inner red and cream silk lining, netting and covered extensively with numerous sequins.In mainly overall good strong condition but it does need some work.. there are some scattered openings in black net,some loss of fringe on edge of gown,some light stains on inner cream silk and some of the inner red silk has some loss.Overall the dress is in very good strong condition. We will accept a return in the US for this item as I think the drsss shouls be seen but must be returned after delivery. Unfortunately we cannot do this for Europe… overall.. think the right person could work on this as it is quite strong.Also we realize we did not get pictures of the back of the gown…just as ornate with the red ribbon crossing over the cream inner silk in a bow.

From Me:

1917 Fashion Plate
Really, there isn't much to say.  The fashion plate above is pretty self explanatory.

Fabulous 1880's Burgundy Velvet Dress









From the seller:

A stunning 1880’s burgundy velvet bustle dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The polonaise styled bodice is trimmed with burgundy chenille velvet and white silk fringe. The back of the bodice has a long bustled back train. The waist has a burgundy satin belt that is trimmed with a large satin bow. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The back train is lined with beige silk. The skirt is made of burgundy velvet and beige silk. The skirt front has three rows of chenille velvet and white silk fringe. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is one 1 inch mend near the armscye and three small mends near the buttons. There are mends near the front waist of the bodice that are hidden by the belt. There is a very small area of underarm discoloration on the inside lining only. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 41 ½.

From me:

Date: ca. 1880 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: (a) Length at CB: 52 in. (132.1 cm) (b) Length at CB: 40 in. (101.6 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Frank Carrington, 1951 Accession Number: C.I.51.26.13a, b





The above are from the old Met site. I'm pretty sure it's later than 1880 since it's quite poofy in the back. Instead, it's more like this:

1884 Fashion Plate