Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bustle Jacket in a lovely color

From the seller:
An original circa 1880's lady's deep midnight blue silk velvet bodice made for a bustled skirt, with matching passementerie and black glass buttons to the front closure, lovely chenille and soutache braided appointments, and an ornate corded drape to the tail. Lined and stayed, with an embroidered, beaded, and inset collar accent with matching cuffs. 16" from shoulder to shoulder, a 36" bust, 26" waist and 22" from shoulder to front hem. Recently de-accessioned from an Eastern Pennsylvania museum collection. In good sound condition, with just some normal wear to the velvet flocking, light perspiration to the linings of the armscyes, a few seams that have taken in, and one missing top button, often removed for the wearing of a brooch. Shown over a brown silk skirt that is not included. A lovely late Victorian era bodice!

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