Thursday, March 28, 2013

1840's Dress

From the seller:

A stunning 1840’s tan silk dress. This auction is for an original antique 1840’s stunning dark umber brown silk dress that is completely hand sewn. The bodice is lined with tan homespun linen with 3 short metal stays being hand basted directly in the center of the 3 tiered fan front. Completely piped, even including the sides seams. The back closure is hidden hooks /eyes and of coures, there is wonderful very tight cartridge pleats. The slender tapere sleeves also have piped center seams that are accented with a 2" gathering, this is lovely addition that gives the back appearance just a little more attention. With some minimal age flaws, I consider this wonderful period dress to be in overall very good condition. There are some very small to extremely small silkworm bites, which must be expected for this age of silk. A dark mark across the right back side and a 1" wear of the piping at the neckline closure in the back. My inventory name and number is written inside; at one time I had this done with most of my collection. Bust 30" Waist 24" Skirt length 38" Width at hemline 106" that is not hemmed. This dress is a superb example of the era, it will make a wonderful display.

From Me:

Tan and dark umber brown are not the same color. I'm going with the dark brown. Either way, it really is a nice simple dress from that era.

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