Thursday, December 19, 2013

1830's Cotton Print Dress

From the seller:

A charming 1860’s Civil War era dark burgundy and floral print cotton dress. The last name of Combs is hand printed on the inside lining. The fabric has a small light orange flower print that is surrounded by blue and green leaves. The bodice is lined with home spun linen. The dress is all hand stitched. The cuffs have a button closure. The skirt is attached to the waist with cartridge pleating. It is unlined except for a wide band of cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. The front of the bodice is missing all of its hooks and eyes. There is some slight underarm discoloration and a period enlargement has been added to the underarm area. A very pretty display dress. Bust 36 Waist 32 Length 40 Width at hemline 114.

From Me:

I'm not sure why the seller believes this is a good 30 years younger than it really is. The waistline and the sleeves give away that this isn't an 1860's dress. The sleeves are tight at the armscye but fuller to the wrist - characteristic of the late 1830's/early 1840's dresses. This shade of red was also VERY popular in the Romantic era. Here is a dress from the 1830's that looks very similar in cut to this dress.

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