Wednesday, February 13, 2013

1870's Purple Bustle Gown

From the seller:

An elaborate original circa 1876 lady's plush silk velvet and velvet and satin brocade two piece bustled reception gown with a sweeping train. This Centennial era gown has a Petersham embroidered with "Homer Colladay & Co., Philadelphia Pa.," a famous American clothier catering to Philadelphia Society at a time when our Nation was celebrating its 100th birthday with many lavish affairs taking place in the City of Brotherly Love. The lined and stayed bodice has an ornate button closure to the front, an intricate swallow tail, Cluny lace accents at the neckline, and very ornate beaded soutache trim on the bodice, cuffs, and at the tail with deep black beaded fringe. The bustled skirt has matching beaded trim, a full waterfall train with pleated silk satin gussets, and silk satin trim to the train. Shown over a foundation that is not included. 17" from shoulder to shoulder, a 40" bust, 31" waist, and 56" from shoulder to front hem. In very presentable clean sound as found condition, with shatter to the silk taffeta lining of the skirt, partial shatter to the silk satin lining of the bodice, a few small scattered velvet crushes from normal use, an area of lighter color variation at the end of the train, wear to the creases of the pleats and hem, one 3/4" by 3/4" L shaped mend at the back of the skirt and some very minor bead flaws. All is reflected in the reserve price for this absolutely wonderful High Society Philadelphia Centennial era gown

From Me:

I really wish there were a lot more pictures of this dress. It looks fabulous!

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