Tuesday, November 25, 2014
1870's Bustle Outfit
From the seller:
Ladies summer ecru linen two piece walking outfit, dating to the 1870-80. Front button closure, with tiny box pleat trim, tiny watch pocket side of jacket, with brown and tan embroidery embellishments. Back closing skirt slightly longer at the back with more of the pleats and embroidery, this actually may have had a additional longer skirt under this skirt, but if it did it is not longer with the set. Uncleaned as found with storage/age/use marks here and there, couple of small breaks on one sleeve, the waist has had an extender tab sewn to band.
Chest measures 34", waist 30", length from shoulders 25", sleeves 21", shoulder to shoulder 12". Skirt waist 28", length in front 33" with train 48".
I'm a bit hesitant to post this one as it looks like it might be from a western (ie, a costume) rather than an extant garment. However, I wanted to include it just in case. The sewing techniques look more mid 20th century to me than late 19th century. Given the amount of westerns being made in the 1950's and 1960's, it's very possible that this is from that era rather than from the 1870's - which would explain the lack of lining. However, since it seems unlikely that a spaghetti western would include such a detail as a watch pocket or the double layer of skirts (we only have the overskirt left) it's also possible that this really is from the 1870's.