Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Late Bustle Era Red and White dress

From the seller:

A flattering original circa 1887 lady's two piece afternoon reception gown with a wine silk velvet polonaise with waterfall bustle and a full train. Striped floral figured ivory silk sleeves and pleated yoke with accent bows, and a button front with bright twinkle buttons below a blind self fabric button closure. The bodice is lined and stayed. An ivory silk satin underskirt with a side of front slit pocket and a quadruple ruffled hem, with a back hook and eye closure, and a lace facing to the train. 14" from shoulder to shoulder, a 34" bust, 26" waist, and 56" from shoulder to front hem. The inner Petersham reads "M. McIntosh, 40 WEST 22ND ST., NEW-YORK." Recently de-accessioned from a museum collection with its 1972 accession numbered tag still attached. The polonaise is in good sound condition, with just a few pin dot flaws, perspiration to the right armscye at the sleeve where the red dye has transferred, and with a 1" abrasion hole to the underside of that sleeve. The ivory silk satin underskirt has a few organic spots to the front and one at the back that does not show, and was originally attached to the polonaise that can be re-attached. All is reflected in the reserve price for his original Victorian era New York creation.

From Me:

*drool* I think I need to make this.

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