Monday, August 25, 2014

1870's Blue Silk Bodice

From the seller:

A beautiful original Lady's Ball Gown bodice from the Civil War period. Created in a stunning shade of robins egg blue the fabric is a luxurious silk satin. All is completely original, a V constructionin front and back, piped around the lowcut neckline which I believe was designed to be showing some cleavage along with being around the bottom and sleeve ends, 10 stays that are most likely whale bone on the interior. The French seams and facing are hand sewn while the grommets are also hand finished. Structurally very sound, it is in overall very good condition with no fading on the fabric, no underarm marks. The lovely lace on the sleeves has become unattached from itself. Completely lined; the top is cotton buckram. This is a smaller size, Measuring while laying flat and taken across-the bust is approx 27" and waist is 22". Happy bidding or why wait, BUY NOW!

From Me:

The way it goes over the hips screams 1870's. I don't see any grommets - just hand bound eyelets which would be common. It also doesn't look that low in the front to me either - a normal boat neck-ish neckline. I'm curious if the seller just cut and pasted the wrong text?

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