Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Very lovely late 1860's Bodice

From the seller:

Antique Victorian women's bodice, teal silk smocking

This bodice is made of very shiny gold fabric, and could be polished cotton or a taffeta that has been treated to have a high gloss. The smocked front is made of a beautiful teal silk fabric, and is also used on the cuffs of the sleeves and the stand up collar. The back is also smocked at the bottom, near the buttonholes. Sadly, someone removed all the buttons, but this is still an interesting piece, and very different from any I've ever come across. I would rate this in good condition, because the structure of the garment is solid, without tears, but it does have tiny pinholes and some very small holes. It also has a lot of stains, which are gold in color, and are not as prominent as they would be if they were another color. I think this would be a good piece for someone who wants to study the construction, or just add an unusual piece to their collection. It is probably a size XXSmall, and the measurements are as follows:

Width at shoulders - 13"
Width under arms - 16 1/2"
Sleeve length - 20"
Length - 14 1/2"

From Me:

The blue (I wouldn't call it teal, it looks like a bright sky blue to me...) is what makes this bodice. It's from the late 1860's based on the sleeves and the waist length.


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