Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lovely 1890's Black Printed Dress

From the seller:
Beautiful antique 2 piece dress or walking suit from the late 1800's.

Jacket is trimmed in elegant lace and has a "boned" bodice.

It closes up the front with 14 hooks and eyes.

The front is slightly "pigeon-breasted" with 2 large, pointed overlays trimmed in black lace netting and beadwork. In a few places on the dress there is also bows used for more trim. There is a standup collar with lace overlay and beadwork. The lace on the collar is showing some wear and discoloration at the top where it would have touched skin. In addition, there is lace netting covering the pink upper bodice and under the large points. The netting has holes in a couple of places on each side.

The sleeves are "leg-o'-mutton" style. The lace trim is loose on the cuffs in a couple of places.

The entire jacket is lined in black polished cotton.

The quality of the workmanship is evident with the seams hand bound and enclosed.

The skirt is also lined in black polished cotton and trimmed on the bottom with velveteen along the hem on the inside. It does have a small train. There may be another layer under the polished cotton has the skirt has some weight to it.

The fabric feels like a cross between silk and cotton. There is a slight sheen to it and it is smooth like silk but slightly heavier weight.

Measurements for the jacket are as follows:

Length: 15 inches

Back length: 21 inches to the point.

Waist: 11-1/2 inches across the front while laying flat.

Chest: 15 inches across the front from underarm to underarm.

Now for the skirt:

There is a train that extends approximately 7 inches or more in the back depending on how you measure it.


Waist (as shown): 12 inches across the front while laying flat

Hips: 23 inches across the front.

Length (in front): 38 inches

The outfit is in overall excellent condition, other than what was mentioned above. I did not find any stains. There are no funny odors.

Please see photos and let me know if you have additional questions.

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From Me:

I just love the print. Very much a 1890's dress!

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