Thursday, December 6, 2012

Late Teens Bathing Suit

From the seller:

Antique Victorian 19th Century Black Cotton Sateen One Piece Swimsuit With Attached Bottom Bloomers

This bathing suit dates to the Victorian 19th century and is fashioned of black cotton sateen and is a step in with the bloomers attached beneath a long falling skirt and when worn, the buttons of the shoulder must be undone and slipped in. White piping trims the ruffled bloomer bottoms as well as piping around the neckline with a button trim. The piece originally had a belt but none was found, there is a slight surface dust staining to the knees and several nipped fray holes to the inner leg on the left side with the piping of the neckline having frayed at the very edge. Otherwise in excellent, strong and wearable condition. Measures 46 inches around the bust, 48 inches at the waist, 54 inches at the hips, and measures 43 inches in its length.

From Me:

Based upon the way the buttons are, the decorations, and the overall style, I'm going to say late 1910's for this piece. If it were 19th Century, it would most likely have sleeves. ;-)

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