Tuesday, July 30, 2013

American Civil War Era Green Striped Dress

From the seller:

A fetching 1860’s two tone green silk brocade dress that has recently been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The fabric has a dark green stripe on a light olive green background. The fabric has an overall tiny floral pattern. The bodice has full pagoda style sleeves that are trimmed with brown braiding. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt is attached to the waist with cartridge pleating and is lined with cotton. The dress is in good as found condition. There is light underarm discoloration and the shoulders have stress wear. There is a 1½ inch repair on one shoulder and a tiny split on the front opening of the skirt. There are a couple of 1 inch splits along the edge of the back hemline and a few old period mends the largest being 6 inches. The reserve reflects the age flaws. A very pretty display dress. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 43 Width at hemline 136.

From Me:

What the seller said. :-)


  1. I really like this one! I wish I could see the back better - it appears to be in one piece, without a back side piece. Unless that little wrinkle below the arm is a seam...

    Love those sleeves! :-)

    1. I think it is one piece. It might have been changed from a wrapper into a dress or something similar.

      I found it odd that the trim isn't replicated anywhere else in anyway elsewhere on the dress. Hmm...

    2. Good point! Either she had a shortage of trim, or it was added during a change-over. Not that it needs any more; I'm particularly fond of that fabric, and think it doesn't need embellishment. Which is odd, since I'm not normally a big fan of green.