Saturday, July 19, 2014

Late American Civil War Era Bodice with turn back sleeves

From the seller:

This bodice is from the Civil War era and is made of a a beautiful striped light tan with floral designs. The front closes with 8 crochet covered green buttons and eye hooks. The sleeves are dropped and piped. The sleeves are very wider and inside bottom of the sleeve is lined in an olive green silk which is folded up into a triangle with 3 small wooden buttons. The neck and hem is also piped. The inside is lined with a polished cotton that is deteriorating especially at the top of back neckline. There are 2 stays in the front. Included is a matching skirt sash or neck scarf. The material matches but the buttons are golden crochet instead of green. There are no hooks on this piece for closure. I have another bodice of same material different trims from same estate. Measurements are approximate - bust 29 inches waist 20 inches across back about 13 inches. length 14 and sleeve length about 17 inches. there would be a great display piece.
Condition - very good with 3/4 inch splits just at front of arm pit and also at back on bottom of one sleeve. Couple of light small to tiny light spots. Inside lining is deteriorating, back of neck area is the worse.Spits do not show when bust is filled out.

From Me:

Probably about 1864/1865. Next up, the evening bodice that actually goes with the Bertha...


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    1. I really like the button detail as well. I think they are supposed to look like acorn tops. Too cute!