Monday, June 3, 2013

Mid 1870's Dress in wheat colored silk

From the seller:

Opulent and most regal silk faille wedding gown dating to the 1870's. Dense impressive lustrous embroidered front panel on the skirt repeated on the bodice in naturalistic flowers and vines featuring lily of the valley. Square neckline on the stayed bodice with hand Brussels lace trim and sweet crochet ball buttons. Full length one piece dress with waist band closing around the back, excellent construction with many hand French dressmaking details. Beautifully draped and gathered detailing with swag's and box pleats at the back and train, Lined in netting with dust ruffle interior hem. This is one impressive gown that displays beautifully! In excellent uncleaned condition no underarm issues, the silk is very strong, not shattering, no holes very good, it does have a large water mark spreading along one shoulder and down front and sleeve, this may clean? see images. Chest measures approx. 32", waist 22", length in front 51", train 80".

From Me:

The front of the skirt was a very common motif. I actually have a black silk skirt front that was never finished in this style with white embroidery. I've also seen some extant examples in purple and white. It was clearly a favorite and, based up on my own extant one, probably catalog/mail order. It has the design pre printed - you just embroider it yourself.

The bodice is very 1870's as it the train and the design/shape of the rest of the gown. Very lovely!

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