Friday, June 20, 2014

Early 1850's Ball Gown Bodice










From the seller:


ORIGINAL DATING TO THE CIVIL WAR ERA




FASHIONED OF A SILK WITH A DIMPLED TEXTURE




FULLY WHALE BONED ON THE INTERIOR




THE SHORT SLEEVES IN RUCHED FORM WITH PIPED EDGES AND NET TRIMS




NET TRIMS OVER THE BUST WITH SMALL PEARL GLASS BEADS




REAR LACES CLOSED WITH GROMMET HOLES, NO LACING WAS FOUND WITH THE BODICE




THE NET OF THE SLEEVES IS HEAVILY WEAK AND MUCH OF ITS ABSENT, THE NET OVER THE BUST IS ALSO WEAK BUT INTACT AND IS MISSING SOME OF THE PEARL BEADS




OTHERWISE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, NO LABELS




MEASURMENTS IN INCHES:

BUST: 30

WAIST: 21

LENGTH: 15


From Me:

Based on the measurements, I'm going to say debutante ball gown bodice. The waistline is what gives this piece's date away - heavily pointed front which is most common in the 1840's going into the 1850's. However, the underarm to side waistline looks normal which is more 1850's; the 1840's has a thing for making everything look LONG.

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