Monday, August 19, 2013

Early American Civil War Dress

From the seller:

A stunning 1860’s bronze and black stripe satin dress that has recently been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The fabric has a ribbon stripe pattern. The bonze stripe has a small black pattern and the black stripe has a tiny bronze floral pattern. The bodice has bell shaped sleeves and a short cap over sleeve. The over sleeve is trimmed with cotton 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 unlined except for a wide band of cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in very good condition. There is some underarm discoloration and a small amount of stress wear to the bodice fabric near the front waist area. There is some age discoloration on the inside bodice lining that does not show on the satin fabric. A beautiful display dress. Bust 32 Waist 24 Front skirt length 39 Back length 44 Width at hemline 154.

From Me:

Based on the sleeves and skirt shape, I think about 1861 on this beauty.

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