Wednesday, November 6, 2013

1880's White Bustle Dress

From the seller:

Period : 1870's - 1880's
*Label : none found
*Style : 2 piece dress
*Fabric : ?
*Color : Ivory
*Size : no size tag- Actual measurements below...


*This is an antique dress, another from the Sycamore estate of the grandson of a Civil War General, Everell Fletcher Dutton. One of the most promininent wealthy families from the area. He was a member of the 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later commissioned a Major in the 105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry where he was ultimately promoted to the rank of General. This dress we believe belonged to his wife, Rosina Adelpha Paine Dutton. In April 2014 the Sycamore Historical Museum will have an exhibit devoted to General Dutton and his life and times and how he shaped Sycamore, Illinois.

This is a 2 piece dress. Fabric feels rough almost like a muslin? or wool? The skirt has layers with a Greek Key edge and inside a strap at the back for a bustle. Many small buttons (I believe to be whistle buttons) on the bodice with a blouse insert that covers the buttons. Bow in back lower bodice and lace trim on cuffs and around the front opening.

The back of the skirt closes with a 2 button flap (one button missing). The bodice top was smaller than my dress form could accommodate so we photo'd it flat to show the bodice front, and back and inside. This dress did not fair very well in storage, it has much soiling.

Most of the dresses from this estate were in very good condition for their age, this one has soiling. We observed the following: r. sleeve lace at cuff torn - lace on neck not attached on l. side? not sure if it is supposed to be? - lace is darkened from age - hole in r. shoulder (has a lining under it) - no buttons on bodice missing - skirt has spots and some small holes - both have odor - 1 ruffle has
a tear in pleat - spots on shoulders/sleeves - there are stains or dirt marks on the skirt. Please see our other listings for more clothing from this estate.

Any questions email as I do not take returns on used clothing.

All our items are from estates or collections and we present them as found, as is.

Fabric Measurements...

taken with item flat, double for full measurements

except for length and shoulders

Bodice Chest: 16" armpit to armpit

Bodice Waist: 11"

Skirt Waist: 11 1/2"

From Me:

Bum bow!!!! 1880's. :-)

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