Monday, February 25, 2013

1850's White Silk Bodice

From the seller:

An exquisite 1855 ivory silk bodice that has been de-accessioned from a major New York City museum collection. The bodice has Juliet style sleeves. The sleeves have inserts of beige netting and are outlined with pleated ruffles. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. It is in very good and sturdy condition. There is no underarm discoloration and no splits or holes in the silk fabric. There is a 1 inch soil line on the side of the bodice and one section of the net lace on the edge of one sleeve is splitting. Bust 32 Waist 24.

From Me:

Look at those sleeves!!!!!!!


  1. I love them! It's definitely early 1860s, not 1855, because of the shaped sleeves. They remind me of several jacket patterns I've seen.

    1. You can see a pair of very similar sleeves in this 1851 fashion plate:

      The reason I agree with the seller is that very deep pointed waist and the slope of the shoulders.