Thursday, March 21, 2013

1880's Rose Print Bustle Dress

From the seller:

A romantic original circa 1884 celadon green silk faille two piece reception gown with a graceful full train, a fashionable slender stayed silhouette, and with beautiful rose silk velvet brocade accents to the bodice, cuffs, and front skirt panel. An elegant draped waist, a pleated tail, a lined train with a lace facing, a matching lining and lace to the skirt, along with pleated ruffles at the hem, a blind front shell button closure to the bodice, and a Petersham that reads "Agnew & English, Phila. (Pa.)." From the estate of Clara Myers McCulloch (1859-1951), wife of Thomas McCulloch of Lancaster, Pa., and a descendant of a Revolutionary War Soldier. Photocopies of some of her family records are included with this purchase. 14" from shoulder to shoulder, a 34" bust, 24" waist, and 54" from shoulder to front hem. All French constructed. In clean presentable as found condition, with a few organic spots including a 1/4" by 1" spot and one 1/4" spot at the back of the bodice, a bit of wear to the edge of the front opening, two 1/2" spots to one side of the skirt, one 1/8" by 1/4" spot to the bodice, along with a few tiny age flaws, a bit of light dusty soiling in the creases of the sleeves, some light moisture spots to the train, and a few splits within one brittle spot, the largest being 2 1/4" long. A few spots to the underside of the train as well. All is reflected in the reserve price for this elegant Victorian reception gown with a known provenance.

From Me:

Very lovely dress. I sort of want to put it a bit earlier but this seller tends to be correct.


  1. Replies
    1. Neither, actually. :-) It's most likely a ribbed silk with velvet "tufts" (embossed) on top. If you click on the close up of the skirt, it's easier to tell.

    2. Oh yes, I see the velvety now. Even awesomer (sure, that's a word!).