Sunday, December 22, 2013

Post American Civil War Dress

From the seller:

Here we have a gorgeous silk ensemble dating to just after the Civil War, mid to late 1860’s. I want to begin by saying that our photos do not come close to capturing the richness of the color of the silk. This two piece set is constructed from a rich dark brown silk taffeta and fully lined in both pieces with brown polished cottons. The bodice is piped at the armscye, neck and hem and sleeve cuff. Sleeves are a two piece coat style. Closure is down the center front using 11 self-fabric covered buttons, all present and in good condition. Bodice is a mix of hand and machine sewing. Features a hidden watch pocket in the left front panel. The majority of the skirt is sewn by hand. Waist band closes on the left side with hooks and eyes and there is a pocket in the right front seam. The front panel is flat (not gathered), sides are pleated and back panel is tightly cartridge pleated. The hem is bound with worsted wool tape. The workmanship in this garment is beautiful, obviously done by a skilled seamstress, and, while it is not a “flashy” outfit it, is elegant in its simplicity. The icing on the cake is that this set is in very good/excellent condition. Both the silk and the lining are in clean solid condition and show only minimal wear. There is a small amount of damage to the silk in the left elbow area, looks like maybe is was rubbed or caught on something. There is some very mild underarm staining and a few tiny insect holes in the skirt. Some of the buttons are coming loose but are all still attached and intact. Garments in this condition are not easy to find, makes a lovely display. Please Note: We do not sell garments of this age as wearable and strongly discourage any attempt to do so. Therefore, the measurements provided are for reference purposes only. BODICE: Bust 34, Waist 27, Front Length 19, Back Length 24. SKIRT: Waist 27, Front Length 42, Back Length 44, Hem Circumference 120. Please feel free to ask questions before bidding.

From Me:

Remember when reading this measurements that the waist is a bit raised - this would probably be right around the lower ribs. Yes, it is displayed funny - but in a way, that helps to tell that this really is late 1860's.

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