Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super cute pink 1920's dress

From the seller:

VTG Antique 20s beaded silk fushia flapper dress, Great Gatsby, M-L

Today I am posting 1920s dress from my private collection.

A great representative of American jazz culture, this powdery fushia dress was discovered in New York about ten years ago.

This beautiful pink silk chiffon dress is decorated with silver-gray and white beading. (Fine and subtle combination of colors!)

A wonderful beaded strap hangs decoratively down the back, while tying nicely in front.

The silk chiffon is a strong pink - the first two photos show its correct shade (Electric light adds yellow shade to other pictures.)

Condition: Great!
The fabric is strong, no tears, no stains or weakening.
There is some faint yellowing on arm opening hem, and a tiny period repair-restitching there (see photo # 8 ). All unseen when the dress is worn.

On this enlarged photo (#8) you may see hand stitching in the hem.

I found one tiny pin hole near the neckline and three near the arm hem--so small, they do not show on photos.
Those imperfections are minor, not seen when the dress is worn and, in my opinion, absolutely ignorable.

The fabric is a bit sheer. In the photos what seem to be some darker areas of the silk are just a shadow of the beading from the opposite side.

The last photo shows a similar dress from the collection of rare pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of New York Design Institute.

Flat measurements:

LENGTH - 40"

Underarm to underarm in front - 25”

Waist (sunken) - 39” round

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From Me:

Love it!

late 1910's/early 1920's Summer Dress

From the seller:

This beautiful late Edwardian tea dress is made from a semi sheer white cotton batiste and is embroidered in black. It has a drop waisted style, the neckline crosses in front and hooks diagonally from the V to the waist. It has a decorative top stitch on the seams, it looks like there was a hand sewn tuck around the waist at one time that was removed. It's gathered along the shoulder seam in front and has full 3/4 length sleeves. There are a few mends in the ruffle that comes across the front to the side and a few small holes in the same area, but where they are they will not be noticable, they are near the side seam under the arm, the holes are behind the fold, so when mended, the ruffle will cover them. Otherwise, there are only a few pin holes and spots on the skirt in 2 places (photos). It measures 43 inches around the bust, waist is 44, hips are 44, across the back shoulder is 15 1/2 and it's 54 1/2 inches long. Excellent vintage condition.

From Me:

A Lovely larger sized dress.

1920's Beaded Dress

From the seller:


The top comes with the skirt. The top has rips and tears so you can't use it but the beading is beautiful
If you dont want the top, just tell me!

From Me:

Yes, this was listed in arts and crafts as scrap. Yes, it scares me too. This *could* be a bit earlier than 1920's but most of the decoration is consistent with early 1920's.

Someone really liked purple stripes after the war...

From the seller:

This is an amazing four piece silk outfit, c.1860-65. The hombre stripe silk is in shades ranging from beige to a light purple lavender. The bodices and cape are trimmed in a black and purple silk chenille, the fringe also features tiny black satin bows on strings. The long sleeved bodice is boned, lined with cotton, closes with hooks and eyes. The wrists have a cotton eyelet cuff. The sleeveless bodice is boned and also lined with cotton, bottom edge is piped, it closes with purple thread buttons. This bodice might've had small cap or narrow puffed sleeves, the armsceye is irregular, there is also some fading in the underarm area. The fringe around the armsceye and bodice looks to be all there, but needs to be reattached.
The capelet is lined with cotton, trimmed with the same purple and black chenille and silk fringe seen on the bodices, and measures 5" along the bottom edge, about 4" at the neck. It has no closures, and is in very good to excellent condition.

The skirt has a cotton waistband, is pleated all the way around, with somewhat tighter pleats towards the back. It's lined with cotton, has a wool tape at the bottom edge. The skirt has a 35" waist, is 43" long in front, 46" long in back. The front has a 2" hem, where it has been taken up from the original. The waistband has also been replaced, the original would've had cartridge pleating. There is a handprint sized area with some black streaks near the hem, another area about 4" x 1" with similar spots, perhaps a few other minor spots, the fabric is in very good shape otherwise. Though the waistband has been altered, the skirt still has a very large sweep, and I have shown it over several crinolines.

The long sleeved bodice has some underarm fading, and has been cut along the bottom. It's about 12" long in front, at the closures, about 14" long in back from the collar seam to the bottom edge.

The sleeveless bodice has some jagged edges along the armsceye, as noted, some fading also in this area, a small a small hole near the bottom front edge. Please note that the fabric is a maroon purple, not the royal purple that it might appear to be in the pics.

None of the fabric is splitting or shattering, some of the satin bows on strings are missing from the fringe.

From Me:

The waistlines indicate this is from after the American Civil War - more along the 1866 lines.

Early 1900's Ballgown

From the eller:

This auction is for a most magnificent antique 1890's Victorian ballgown. Still with it's 1800's stamp impressed on the silk corset band. It reads:

" O'Hara 11 East 48th St. New York "

Pale lilac silk taffeta with gold metalic thread brocade floral design throughout this rather ornate antique gown.This fabric is very strong and stable. Billowy silk taffeta, wide passementerie lace and deeper lilac tulle sleeves, with unusual double open sleeve pocket openings. Same metal thread lace makes up the dress bodice insert. A fine ruffling of netted lace remnants along the gathered neckline. A total of eleven sewn in metal corset stays sewn in th corset top for slim fit. Cross over front and back with hook closure from back on dress left side....this is a spectacular antique ballgown! The bustle back skirt portion of the dress is truly regal in it's own right. It features the most exquisite sweeping back train. Tons of gathers in the skirt rear to accomodate both your hoop skirt and wire cage bustle . Early hook & eyes up both skirt back and corset top back. Both the dress top and lower skirt are lined in an ivories silk. Just an amazing, genuine 1800's Victorian dress for display. The following flaws are noted: I believe there is a very gentle overall fading to the silk. The silk lining within the corset top is worn underneath both arm holes. There is a fine gathering of thinning tulle along the neckline as mentioned above. It is purely decorative and thus can be removed or easily replaced. The inner neckline has a threaded silk ribbon to cinch the neckline around the body for custome fit. The silk ribbon is broken so you will need to rethread a new ribbon. Staining and some silk tears under both underarms. I believe the dress originally had upper sheer silk chiffon where the darker lilac tulle has been added as there are remnants of such upon close inspection. This was only noticed upon close inspection. The dress skirt is in amazing condition. There is a very, very light age spot along one flower...barely noticeable. Overall this is in amazing condition. Once the bodice is restored, I imagine this being worn to a vintage event and shown on museum display as an early designer piece. No reserve! This elegant 1890's dress measures as follows:

Bust: 32 inches

Waist: 24 inches

Hips: full bustle back

Underarm side seam:54 inches

Mid back waist to train end: 64 inches

With some restoration, this is spectacular dress is sure to be one of your most prized vintage clothing posessions!

From Me:

I'm thinking about 1902 for this beauty due to the sleeves. And of course, this would NOT have been worn with a bustle. S-bend corsets people, s-bend.

Gentleman's Waistcoat

From the seller:

Wonderful antique Victorian grooms wedding waistcoat, which has been produced from pale lilac sprigged silk fabric to the front and plain cream linen for the back and lining.

The waistcoat was found in original storage box, complete with lilac bridal bodice, cream kid boots, handkerchief, posy holder and headdress, all dating to circa 1870, all of which will be listed separately.

Mid 19th century, circa 1870.

Chest = 34"
Length= 20" (shoulder to hem)

The waistcoat is in a very good condition for age, with no holes or tears to the fabric. There are one or two tiny rust type spots to the silk, plus faint areas of age related discolouration. Please refer to the above photographs for details of condition.

From Me:

I have no idea what those purple swirrly things are but I like them.

Dorothy's Real Shoes

From the seller:

Offered for study, an original pair of lady's circa late 1910's silver lame' evening shoes with cutaway vamps, single button closures, 2" lame' faced Louis French heels, kid and cloth interiors with one foot bed marked "U.S. BARNEY CO., SCHENECTADY, N.Y.," and continuous leather soles. Recently de-accessioned from a New York State museum, with their 1954 accession number penned on the soles. 11" from heel to toe and 2 7/8" wide, outside measure. Offered for study, in as found condition, with normal oxidation to the lame', normal sole wear, a few age creases, and wear to the lame' at the original button mounts. High style shoes from the World War I era.

From Me:

A bit of Trivia, in 1900, the book the Wonderful Wizard of Oz came out. Now, we all know the movie and those ruby red slippers - however, in the book, Dorothy's shoes are silver like the ones above. Why? Because the book is actually about getting off the gold standard (the yellow brick road) and movie to the sturdier base of silver. Ie, it's an economic book. Or so the theory goes, at least!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Victorian Quilted Petticoat

From the seller:

Believed to be an earlier circa 1840 lady's golden silk satin gored petticoat that was re-fashioned just after the Civil War, with a cotton ticking waist with a pull through with a silk twill tape drawstring tied at the back. Lined in a glazed cotton, hand and quilted in a vertical chevron pattern with a deep complimenting horizontal chevron hem that is corded above and below the hem pattern. An adjustable waist, 26" as shown, and 37" from waist to front hem. Recently de-accessioned from a New York State museum collection. In very nice clean sound as found condition, with just a few small spots to the lining, and a very light 3" spot at one side that must be looked for. All is reflected in the reserve price for this attractive 19th Century quilted petticoat.

From Me:

Another thing that makes my hands hurt just looking at it....

Child's Bonnet

From the seller:

Recently de-accessioned from a museum collection, with a 1975 accession numbered tag still attached. An original circa 1862 girl's ivory silk satin spoon bonnet with a very pretty ruched crown, trimmed in a chip straw and braided straw gimp, lined in a glazed buckram, and with a wired frame and buckram foundation. 5" deep and 6" across the face. In presentable as found condition, with scattered age flaws, some small surface holes and spots, wear to the edges, and some soiling to the lining from normal use. All is reflected in the reserve price for this Civil War era girl's spoon bonnet.

From Me:

Not as cute as the previous one but still rather lovely.

Mid to Late 1860's Bodice

From the seller:

This antique Victorian Civil War era bronze silk fringe trim afternoon bodice top dates from the 1860s. It is hand stitched, made of a golden brown bronze color silk moire fabric, with a umber color silk fringe tassel trim around the yoke and sleeve cuffs. This beautiful bodice top would have been worn during the afternoon and has a high rounded neckline, long full sleeves with white lace trim cuffs, a short cropped fitted waist and silk covered buttons down the front for closure. It is fully lined in a brown cotton twill fabric inside. The bodice measures 15 inch long, with a 24 inch waist, 34 inch bust, 15 inch back and 19 inch long sleeves. It is in good wearable condition, with only some small faint discoloration stains (see close-up). This a wonderful piece of wearable Civil War era Victoriana textile art!

From Me:

I'm thinking about 1866 on this one.