Thursday, December 20, 2012

Edwardian Titanic Era Dress

From the seller:

You are bidding on an antique Victorian Dress, circa 1895.

I do not know much about this dress other than it was owned by my great, great grandmother. Her name was Georgiana Georgi Moore. She lived in Jamestown, New York, born 1893 and died at 98 years of age, in 1961. My mother had this dress stored in the back of her closet in a box. I found it when I was cleaning out her house several years ago after her passing.

The dress is made of a purple print fabric that appears to be silk.

The dress has a "v" neck in the front and in the back. It has a lovely, intriquite lace insert in the "v", as for the false undersleeves.

The black fabric overlay is a sheer fabric with a black satin trim around the bottom.

This dress has an empire waistline with a pleated waistband that goes all the way around the dress, and that hooks at the side.

This dress appears to be handmade. Lots of hand stitches. There is an abundance of hooks in this dress! I can not imagine the time it must have taken to get this dress on and attached in all of the right places!

I have examined this dress and carefully and have found the following damage:

* Two pinholes, circular, and very small (see photo)

* An area on the back of the dress, that appears to be at the derriere area - looks like my grandmother sat on something that caused the stain, then the stain was left untreated all of these years, causing deterioration to the fabric in one small area (see photo).

* There are stains all along the very bottom of the dress on the back, looking like the dress must have hung onto the ground and got stained. (This dress appears to be a longer length in the back that than the front.)

Here are the measurements that I came up with. It was difficult to measure because of all of the layers so these are approximate:

36" across chest

29" waist at waistband

56" from top of shoulder to bottom

I also have listed in another listing two pairs of long white, leather gloves that were my great grandmothers, are stamp dated, and in the same box as this dress.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have. I will answer them to the best of my ability. I can also take more photos. Just didn't know what was important to a dress collector.

All items come from a smoke-free environment. I sell quality items and strive for total customer satisfaction. Please see my feedback to bid with confidence.

From Me:

*insert facepalm here*

Dearest Seller,

If you grandmother owned this dress and she was born in 1893, what makes you think she wore this when she was 2? Just askin'.



Math FAIL! Anyway, clearly not 1890's. (Seriously? If it was your grandmother's then couldn't you figure out the math yourself?) It's from the early 1910's. I love the look of the dress and I've actually had sari's like the purple fabric.

1 comment:

  1. Also (and haha)... this person failed at adding 98 years to the year 1893... It's not 1961. General fail, but it is a lovely dress.

    Best, Quinn