Friday, February 21, 2014

Pink and Black Edwardian Outfit

From the seller:

*Period : 1870's -1890
*Label : none found
*Style : 2 piece
*Fabric : silk
*Color : Red/black/white
*Size : no size tag- Actual measurements below...


*This is an antique 2 piece dress, another from the Sycamore estate of the grandson of a Civil War General, Everell Fletcher Dutton. One of the most prominent 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, who resided in Sycamore Illinois.

Fabric is silk in a red, white and black print. Sleeves are smocked in two places around the arm with ruffles at wrist to match the ruffles at hem of skirt. Gorgeous black lace neckline. Bodice front extends below waist to a point, inside are stays. Back of fully lined bodice has hook & eyes. Skirt is pictured flat also for a better idea of the shape and width.

Most of the dresses from this estate were in very good condition for their age, this one we observed the following: no underarm discolor - underarm fabric intact - left sleeve/shoulder seam partly open - 3 places in the lace collar with splits (they are in the very fine silk between the stitching) - inside lace collar netting is split - I could not find any holes in the silk of the skirt or bodice (bodice is lined so hard to see through it in front of a light) - there is a very skillfull mend on the skirt that I almost missed which is backed on the inside with a piece of the original fabric, nicely done on the back of skirt by the left side seam. Please view our other listings for more clothing from this estate.

From Me:

So, no on pretty much everything the seller said. The fabric looks like a bright salmon pink to me, the pigeon front is very evident and an indicator of the 1900's date, and the high neck plus the lack of leg of mutton sleeves also means 1900's.

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