Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Early 1860's Light Gray Dress

From the seller:

A majestic 1860’s light gray satin Civil War era dress. The bodice has beautiful Renaissance style sleeves that are lined with ivory silk. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The skirt has a long back sweep. There is cartridge pleating at the back waist. The skirt has been relined with newer buckram fabric. The dress is in very good and study condition. There are no holes or splits in the fabric. There is no discoloration just shadows created by the camera flash. There is minor underarm discoloration on the inside lining only. There is some light age spotting on the front of the dress near the waist and discoloration on the inside of one sleeve. (See photo.). A grand display dress. Also offered in a separate auction is an 1860’s black silk over bodice that looks wonderful with this dress. Bust 32 Waist 25 ½ Front skirt length 41 Back length 57 Width at hemline 156.

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  1. Hi! Been reading for a long time but a first time commenter! I've never seen sleeves like this on an 1860 day dress, do you know of any period example fashion plates or any other dresses that had sleeves like these? Or do you think these were just a unique sleeve someone had? I just love these but I wonder if they are accurate to reproduce on a dress