Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bustle Era Dress

From the seller:

Antique Victorian Dark Wine-Colored Satin Dress & Misc Shoes

Dark wine colored satin with ivory satin and lace trim. Small size for a petit adult. Total length is 72" from back; shoulder to sleeve cuffs 18" (not including lace trim); waist is ca. 30". Posted as found; fraying to interior lining generally along bottom hem and rear back/shoulders; a piece of the lace was cut off from the front trim; holes to the lace trim on one sleeve; fraying to the ivory colored silk on collar; buttons are mismatched/old replacements; fraying to ivory satin on one rear bow panel; one shoulder seam is un-stitched; old hand-sewn repairs to one of the armpits; on the back a 5" portion of a vertical seam located below the ribbon is un-stitched. The wine colored satin is in good condition with no fading or discoloration. The dress is dusty/some soiling. It's an old dress, ca. 1880s-1900. Satin shoes with leather soles; wear to both. Please examine pictures for condition. Dress & shoes weigh 3 1/2 lbs before packing. Thanks for looking, email with questions.

From Me:

I'm waffling between 1870's and 1880's on this on - leaning towards the 1870's. The sleeve style suggest an older dress.

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