Friday, December 14, 2012

Edwardian Wedding Gown

From the seller:


Here is a truly lovely antique wedding gown. It is two pieces, a bodice and skirt. It is made of a silk satin and is in good condition for its age, about the 1890's. The gown is tiny, the skirt waist is about 22"-23". The skirt is very full at the bottom, see photos #10 & 11 with the yard stick laid on top. It is longer in the back than the front. It measures about 42" long center front and 46.5" center back. It is very stiff, the inside lining must be heavily starched. I did not find any tears or shredding to the silk. There is some soiling, a not bad stain on the front, photo #12, that may remove with cleaning. Dirt around the bottom edge from it touching the ground when worn. I noticed a couple of metal eye hooks missing when I put the bodice together. Some of the chiffon edge trim is torn around the neckline. This gown is very old. Expect it to show normal wear and soiling for an antique item that was probably worn only once. I did not attempt to clean it.

From Me:

The sleeves mean it's anything but 1890's. The way the bodice is constructed with the high neckline, the gathered "top", but a buttoned faux waistcoat, means this is most likely mid 1900's. 1906 give or take a couple of years.

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