Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wonderful Shiney Blue Bodice

From the seller:

This is a magnificent Victorian changeable blue violet (as you can see from the photos) silk taffeta dress bodice. It has a ruched front panel trimmed in lace and a decorative stitched collar with pleats on either side. There is also a pinked ruffle on the front panel and collar. The sleeves are huge Leg o' Mutton with decorative cuffs and the waistband has a little rosette.

Inside there is a "bust enhancer" (photo) sewn in which is a large ruffle on either side of the hooks and eyes.

The bodice is lined in cotton and stayed.

The waist strap has a label that reads:

Karle & Rhines

Rochester, NY

It is from around 1890 - 1900.

It fastens with hooks and eyes.


The silk around the very top of the neck and under the lace front is shattered ( you can see it in the photo with the bust enhancer). There are is a stain on the front on one of the pleats (photo) and on one sleeve (photo).

The bodice measures:



armhole opening around.....16"



shoulder to shoulder...15"

length neck to waist......16"

From Me:

Wow! This looks to be in *perfect* condition. The color is lovely and the details are wonderful. I'm so glad the seller took close up shots!

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