Friday, August 24, 2012

Late Teens Day Dress

From the seller:

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Label: Realart Dress Created by A. E. Lefcourt & Co. New York

Featured in this auction is a beautiful black wool gabardine dress from the late-1910s...It gives the appearance of a sleeveless overdress over a dress with short sleeves and slim skirt, but is all sewn together...It is embellished with black embroidery and orange seed beads around the neck, sleeves and overskirt...A silk underblouse has a band at the waist......It has hooks and eyes and snaps for closures down the center from of the underblouse, left shoulder and left side...There is a tear and a few tiny holes on the left side of the under skirt (see photo) and overskirt in the same area that can be mended...The silk underblouse is stained and is shattered in places...Otherwise, it is in very good and wearable condition...Additional closeup photos are in the gallery at the top of the listing.

Take a look at an ad from 1922 in the American Cloak and Suit Review for Realart Dresses by A.E. Lefcourt...Their wholesale prices were $22.50 to $95, quite expensive then, $600 to $2400 retail in today's dollar...I wonder what the retail price was for this dress, only a first class Titanic passenger could afford it!

It doesn't have a size label, but fits a size small...These measurements are taken flat with a flexible measuring tape...You have to be smaller than the measurements to allow room for ease:
Shoulder to shoulder: 15 inches
Sleeve length: 12 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Hip: 46 inches
Length center back: 42 inches

From Me:

This is probably from about 1918/1919. It's a post WWI dress but before the 1920's. I really love the closure on this one.

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