Thursday, October 27, 2011

1860's Beautiful Red Dress

From the seller:

Cranberry silk reception gown dating to the 1860's. Dropped and piped bell sleeves that are lined in white silk and tiny box pleats, long tails on the bodice, bodice stayed and lined in white fine cotton with waist cincher that closes in front with hook and eye, exterior with silk covered buttons and small scale black Spanish lace trim. Trained skirt with tight cartridge pleating at waist band, no closures, completely lined in polished cotton, with window pane scarcenet at interior hem, trimmed in swags of black Spanish lace front of skirt with flounce at hem. In very good overall condition, with discoloration stains at armpits, the tails on the bodice look as if they have been resewn with some careless stitching at back seam, easy to redo, the lace on skirt needs some minor resewing, occasional age related streaking, no holes.

Chest measures 34", waist 24", skirt waist 24", length in front 44" in back with train 56".

From Me:

This is a post American Civil War gown nd I love the look of the black lace against the red. I wish there were more pictures of the bodice but I'd put this around 1867 or a bit later.

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