Saturday, January 25, 2014

1870's Wrapper Dress with OMG!ORANGE Paisley

From the seller:

This auction is for a most magnificent genuine 1860's Civil War era dress. This elegant antique dress is sewn of the most exquisite wool fabric with paisley pattern. fabric. The wool is in excellent condition with absolutely no moth damage, wear or stains found. Fully lined in polished cotton. Ever so soft deep chocolate brown silk velvet collar, pockets, sleeve cuffs, belt with matching silk velvet over wooden buttons. The lower dress skirt offers the typical fullness needed for hoop skirts and bustle. The fullness found in this wrapper style princess style dress suggests this may have been a maternity dress. Can be worn as a dress by a larger size women of today's era. Sweeping longer back which was often found in the early 1860's. Bustle back. Very early hooks found along lower front closure...these are original...see photos below. Buttons are decorative and other original 1860's hooks & eyes were replaced with early 1900's snaps for closure up the dress front. In excellent, wearable condition. The only flaw I can find is a hint of fraying neck lining edge with some slight age yellowing and stains of upper back bodice lining....this is lining only! Please see magnified photos below. The near pristine dust ruffle suggests that this dress was barely worn, if ever, outside. Typical Civil War period piping found around upper sleeve/shoulder area. This is a beauty and a very rare find in this condition!

This authentic 1800's dress measures as follows:

Bust: 40 inches

Waist: 38 inches

Underarm to sleeve end: 19 inches

Underarm to hemline: 49.5 inches

For serious antique clothing collectors or Civil Reinactment attendees....this genuine 1860's dress is a must have for your collection....the paisley colors and design are glorious!

Please note...if there is no serious interest in this item I will exercise my right to end the auction early to protect my investment.

From Me:

It's from the early 1870's and not the Civil War. The seller has the belt at the wrong location (notice the huge gap between the buttons right at the lower ribs? That's where the belt should go). It may well have been a maternity dress but it's also a nice wrapper dress.

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