Wednesday, December 26, 2012

1839 Floral Silk Dress

From the seller:

Recently de-accesioned from a New York State museum, an original circa 1839 lady's ivory floral figured silk satin one piece evening gown with an elaborately draped and ruched padded bodice with a fashionable pointed waist, piped at the decolletage, the top of shoulder seams, and at the armscyes, with underarm gussets as originally made. Slender short sleeves with ruffled accents trimmed in ribbon gimp that repeats on the bodice and at waist. A two part back with a blind hook and eye closure, a cartridge pleated waistband, and a deep faced turned hem. 15" from shoulder to shoulder, a 32" bust, 24" waist, and 52" from shoulder to front hem. In good clean sound as found condition, with wear to the piping at the neckline, a few tiny flaws to the lining, two 1/4" holes and one 1" frayed spot to the skirt, and a few pin dot age flaws. A fine early 19th century transitional style evening gown.

From Me:

I love all the little details on this dress!

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