Thursday, June 13, 2013

Poss mid 1860's Wedding Gown

From the seller:

This two-piece Victorian gown dates from the 1860's. It is fashioned of fine golden beige silk with a Brussels lace decorated bodice and sleeve edges.
--Our apologies for the gown being a bit wrinkled, but the dress had been stored away and because it's an antique and a substantial piece, we did not
want to fool with it too much. The gown is sturdy and very well preserved. Has a beautiful sheen quality to the silk as well.
It fastens at the neck with a single hook and eye at the top with its original fancy silk buttons down the front. Double hooks and eyes at the bottom of the bodice too. Lined
with cotton and stays.

The very full skirt rustles with movement and has a long train (over 7 feet) and has a pleated edge around the hem. It's lined with a stiff gauze material and it fastens at the waist with hook and eye.

It is in EXCELLENT condition and without
any significant issues other than the deteriorating netting beneath the shoulder lace (see photo #5) and about 5 tiny spots on the lower skirt/train (see photo #6).

We do not normally deal in Victorian or Civil War gowns so please review the photos and ask questions and we'll do our best to answer. Don't have the
capacity to restock this gown so this is an AS-IS final sale. A collector or museum would likely be very pleased with this antique gem. No label or identifying marks.

Measurements (in inches)

The Bodice:
Bust: 33
Waist: 22
Length: 16 1/2
Sleeves: 19
Shoulders: 17

Trained Skirt:
Waist: 22
Waist front length: 46
Waist back/train: 91

From Me:

The train confuses me but I think it might just be because it's a wedding gown.

1 comment:

  1. I am curious. Where did women get their wedding dresses in the 1860. Could they have been purchased in large department stores (Chicago?) or would they have been ordered to be made by a professional semastress.