Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Late 1860's Ensamble

From the seller:

An original circa 1867 post Civil War lady's chocolate brown silk taffeta bodice and its complimenting plaid silk overskirt. Shown here with an underskirt and hoop skirt that are not included. The lined and stayed bodice has passementerie buttons to the front closure, and piping at the neckline and at the armscyes of the coat sleeves. The overskirt has a box pleated front, a side of front hook and eye closure, a cartridge pleated back to the waistband, a polished cotton lining and a twill tape hem binding. 19" from shoulder to shoulder, a 34" bust, 28" waist, and 42" from shoulder to front hem as shown. The bodice is in good as found condition, with light lining perspiration, a few very tiny age flaws, and one missing button at the waist, perhaps removed to wear a belt here, commonly done in the period. The lined overskirt is believed to have been a full length skirt that was modified with a newer grosgrain waistband, and approximately 10" of the original silk skirt top tucked as a facing. It has some tiny surface holes and some spots to the polished cotton lining. All is reflected in the reserve price for this two piece post Civil War ensemble.

From Me:

The cut is right for the pieces to go together but the colors don't seem to mesh -not that the Victorians weren't known for some odd color choices! What I do love about this is it's a wearable size.

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