Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beaded Black Panel for a Dress

From the seller:

Beautiful Victorian era dress panel insert which was purchased in Asia by my husband's grandfather between 1900 and 1910 when he was working as an engineer on a ship which stopped in many exotic ports. It has been stored in a cedar chest until recently and has never been used. Some of the silk has been cut away probably to match the material at a fabric store. The actual color is more of a charcol black with black glass beads and black velvet details. This gorgeous panel would be amazing for a Holiday dress or skirt or perhaps the back of a jacket or even a pillow.

The panel design measures:

Across the Top: 7 1/2 inches

Length: 36 inches

Across the Bottom: 19 inches

From Me:

Although not a dress, I thought this would be a nice addition to everything else I've been putting up. I have a couple of these panels myself. They seemed to be popular from the 1880's and well into the early 20th Century (I have one that is from the 1920's and you can still buy similar type of applique for gowns). The panels were pre-embroidered or would have a line drawing on them so you could embroider them yourself. This one looks like it's probably late 1890's/early 1900's due to the narrow width. This would be the front of the skirt.

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