Friday, July 4, 2014

Blue mid to late 1860's Dress

From the seller:

A beautiful 1860’s Civil War era blue silk two piece dress. The dress comes with a separate belt that ties in the back under the back center peplum. The bodice and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with a deeper shade of blue silk fringe and blue satin bands. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The front buttons and sleeve cuff buttons are decorative and made of blue silk. The center back peplum is trimmed with a bow, blue satin bands and blue silk fringe. The separate belt is made of blue satin. The skirt is fully lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is some minor underarm discoloration and three small surface only pea size holes under the arms. The front waist on the bodice has been altered or never finished. (See photo.) This is completely hidden by the separate belt. There is some fraying on the skirt waistband and a couple of tiny age spots on the skirt. A magnificent display dress. Bust 34 Waist 26 Skirt length 37 Back length 41 Width at hemline 146.

From me:

This is actually post Civil War - although barely. This is another good example of how much the Victorians hated color. :-D

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