Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lovely 1860's bodice

From the seller:

Gorgeous 1860's silk plaid bodice with fringe, with a close fitting sleeve capped with a pagoda oversleeve. Trimmed with fringe, lined with shiny tobacco brown cotton or linen, it has 4 stays in front, and a seprate linen or cotton waistband inside that fastens with 4 hooks and eyes.

It looks to be entirely hand sewn. There are eleven cameo style buttons to fasten. I can't tell if they are vegetable ivory, glass, or actual lava cameos. They seem to be original to the garment, and are all present. There is an old note attached to the back of the neck with the owner's name.

It measures about 31 3/4" around at the bust, 25" at the waist. It's in very good condition overall, with underarm discoloration, one 2" clean split to one underarm. There is a sprinkling of tiny, pindot type holes to the front placket near the bottom edge, 3-4 small holes scattered around near the base of the garment, these are somewhat camouflaged by the dark lining, but they are small to begin with. There might be a few other holes or tiny spots scattered around. It is shown over a bustle skirt that is not included, is of a 6-piece ensemble bustle ensemble I have on auction this week.

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