Friday, March 2, 2012

American Civil War Era Mourning Gown

From the seller:

Inky black shiny silk mourning gown, dating to the 1860's. All hand sewn, with triple layered pagoda sleeves, trimmed in velvet. Bodice and skirt both lined in brown polished cotton, skirt with wool twill floor brush, small stays front of bodice with hook and eye front closure. Tidy cartridge pleating around the waist of skirt. In overall very good antique, uncleaned condition, with rub wear and small mends under both arms, the silk overall is not dry or shattering. Chest measures 36", waist 26", length from shoulders 56", sleeves 17". All original as found straight out old Vermont estate a few more things from this estate this week.

From Me:

Now this looks more like what I'd expect for a mourning gown! I <3 those sleeves. This is from the earlier part of the 1860's.

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