Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wow! Stunning 1830's Ball Gown

From the seller:

A magnificent 1830’s silk brocade gown that comes from the Barrell estate in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, New York.  This is the same estate that yielded the 18th century gown that was recently won.  The note identifies the original owner as Mrs. Joseph Barrell (Sally Webb.)  The gown was left in her will to Susan B. Barrell and then passed on to different women in the family.  The old notes were written and dated in 1907 and 1917.   The hand stitched gown is made of beautiful 18th century yellow silk brocade fabric that has a profusion of multi colored flowers in shades of light and dark pink and purple.  The background has a small white floral spray.  The bodice has gigot style sleeves and fan pleating across the front bust line.   The neckline, armscyes and waist are piped.  The front of the bodice has center piping.  The bodice is lined with linen and has a back hook and eye closure.  The skirt is unlined except for a wide band of buckram at the edge of the hemline.  An extra piece of fabric has been added at the back closure with new hooks, but this can easily be removed.  The original hooks and eyes are still present.  The gown is in museum quality condition.  There are no splits or holes in the fabric.  There are small circles of very light underarm discoloration on the inside lining.  There is one very light nickel size spot on one sleeve that is barely visible and two dime size spots on the front waist. A loose seam by one of the armscyes will need minor re-stitching.  A wonderful early treasure that has great family history.    Bust 30 Waist 24 Skirt length 39.

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