Monday, June 9, 2014

Late 1860's Ball Gown

From the seller:

AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE CIVIL WAR ERA 1860'S PINK SILK TAFFETA GOWN BEADED TRIM NET LACE AS IS For Study Only~Not to be worn~For Scraps of fabric or small details •Bodice lined in cotton fabric with 2 small bones either side of closure~Brass Hook & Eye closure~Sleeves lined in polished cotton & separate to bodice as cut off~Attached bow to back
•Skirt lined in polished cotton~Brass hook & eye at back waist~Pleated Hemline
•Machine stitching, evidences of hand stitching, some repairs/possible alterations
•Measurements of Bodice are are 16" across Shoulders, Armholes 13-1/2" around each, Sleeves 5-1/4" long each, Long Sleeves that have been cut 16" - 19" long each, Bust about 16" across front armpit to armpit, Waist 11-3/4" across front & Back center length 13-1/2" not inc ribbon~Skirt measures Waist 13-1/2" across front, Hips full & Total Vertical Length 45-1/2"~
•s&h 3-1/2lbs Priority/Confirmation or Buyer prepays Priority Int'l or 1st Class Int'l 3-1/2lb ~Paypal Preferred~Paypal for Int'l Sales Only~Customs Form will reflect selling price~
•Please remember this is PRE-OWNED; SOLD AS IS WHERE IS

From me:

1868 or so based on the ridiculously high waistline. Also, this seller gets the most horrid display ever award. Seriously people, sometimes it is better just to lay the outfit on the floor and take pictures that way.

EDIT: You can see this same dress sold at a different auction with a much better display here.


  1. What nightmare photos! Though I'd still love to have the dress for study.

    Wow, it still sold for a pretty penny, even with the awful display!

    1. Adding Civil War to the title and shows up in a lot more searches. :-)