Thursday, October 20, 2011

Late 1890's Ball gown

From the seller:

This auction is for a spectacular ladies fully corsetted bustle back dress. This elegant dress features the most spectacular gold shot passementerie lace trim. Sewn out of the most beautiful, rare blue polished cotton. Be sure to view the hand pinked seams. The scoop neck and sleeves are trimmed in fine silk chiffon and decorated with pink silk ribbons. Early hook & eye closure up the back. Tons of gathers to accomodate your wire cage bustle & hoop skirt . The dress back has a lovely train with pink silk loop to carry the train while moving. The sewing details in this elegant 1800's dress are incredible! There are a total of eight sewn in corset stays within the bodice front and back. This can easily be worn once you address the following flaws:

Deterioration of early hooks & eyes, silk is totally shattered and will need to be replaced if you plan to wear. There is an ever so slight hint of underarm yellowing and some dirt marks along the underside of the back train from dusting along the floor. There may be a tiny age spot here or there noticed under the lace seen on the interior but not dress front. Absolutely no signs of fading or wear to the heavy weight, early fabric. The gold thread lace has no damage that I can find. It will need some retacking to the dress in a couple of places. This is in amazing condition and is absolutely beautiful!

This elegant 1800's dress measures as follows:

Bust: 32 inches
Waist: 24 inches
Hips: full bustle back
Underarm to sleeve end: 13 inches
Underarm to lower hemline: 53 inches
Mid back waist to train end: 60 inches

From Me:

This looks to be a late 1890's dress based on the shape of the skirt. It may be an early Edwardian. Either way, this is a GORGEOUS dress.

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