Friday, September 5, 2014

1880's Wedding Gown

From the seller:

This is a stunning 1883 gown worn by the woman who's name is on the note in the 4th photograph. This is a beautiful example of what an upper class woman would have worn for a wedding gown. This dress does have damage as photographed. There are spots on the back train of the dress where flowers once were. There is spotting on the gown and areas where the fabric has split probably due to the weight of the skirt. The bodice was too small for the mannequin but buttons up the front. I was told this gown belonged to the govenor of Massachusetts's wife. I have not done any research on the name listed in the note, thats up to the new owner! :) Bust: 31 Waist: 21 Shoulder seam to end of sleeve: 14 Waist of skirt: 22 length of waist to hem in the front of skirt: 41 1/2 Waist of skirt to end of train: 60

From Me:

"Wedding Dress of Isabella White Talbot (?) married June 6 1883 to Frederick Simmons Clark"

I wanted to make sure I wrote that out in case anyone is related to either of these two. :-)


  1. Another drool-worthy gown!

    I find the bone casings particularly interesting. I haven't noticed gathered-looking casings before.

    1. I thought those looked odd as well. I *think* they might be grosgrain ribbon that has just "wilted" over the years rather than a purposeful gather. If you look near the waist on the left, it doesn't look gathered at all. However, it might be that the material wasn't bias cut and they had to gather the casing to make it fit. Not sure.