Monday, November 19, 2012

Maternity (?) Bustle Gown

From the seller:

A majestic 1870’s two piece gold silk bustle reception dress that has recently been de-accessioned from a major New York City museum collection. The bodice has a square cut neckline that is trimmed with a pleated ruffle. The hemline and sleeve cuffs are also trimmed with pleated ruffles. The bodice is hip length and has a long trained bustle back. The edge of the train is trimmed with a large bow that is decorated with silk and velvet fringe. The bodice and skirt are trimmed with beautiful white silk and white chenille velvet fringe. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The back train is unlined. The front of the skirt has draped panels. The skirt has a long back train. The hemline is trimmed with pleated ruffles and Van Dyke points. The skirt is lined with cotton. The gown is in very good and sturdy condition. There are no splits in the fabric. There is some light underarm discoloration, three two inch spots on the front of the bodice and spots on the back of the skirt that are hidden by the train on the bodice. (See Photos.) There are scattered pin size to small peas size very light colored age spots that only show in the bright light. A truly magnificent display dress. Bust 32 Waist 24 Length of train on bodice not including fringe 42 Length of skirt front 39 Back length 62.

From Me:

I apologize for not posting lately. My computer at home is on it's last legs and I'm waiting until Christmas to buy a new barebones kit. So, I have to post at lunch! I also apologize for there only being one picture. This seller deletes his photos pretty quickly. However, it's too pretty to not post.

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