Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mid 1860's Sheer Dress

From the seller:

Light and airy sheer dress, 1850-1860s. The pagoda sleeves have little notched sleeve caps and are trimmed in silk floral and fringed ribbon. This ribbon is incredibly detailed for it's size - only 1/2" wide, not counting the fringe at the bottom. Photo 11 has a close up. The bodice is entirely lined with muslin and the darts are boned with what appears to be baleen. The dress fabric is a printed windowpane light muslin - Picture 12 shows my hand showing through it. Photo 9 is a closeup of the fabric. The first photo shows a lot of contrast - the actual color of the dress is better represented in the rest of the photos. The sleeves still have their undersleeves attached at the shoulders. The undersleeves have some damage and stains as shown in photo 7. The dress has several dark reddish brown stains on the left sleeve and on various places on the skirt - mostly on the left side and near the top of the skirt. Some of these stains have holes in the middle showing that whatever splashed on the gown ate away at it. There are some holes and period mends in the dress also. The bodice closes with hooks and eyes. The underarms are a little stained but, surprisingly, fairly strong and not shredded (like so many). It is a very small dress. Measurements are approximately bust 31 inches, waist 25, skirt length 41. The dress is shown over a small hoop and petticoat which are not included. Any questions please ask. Thanks for looking!

From Me:

I'd say 1865 give or take a couple of years. Love that print!

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