Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mid 1860's Wedding Dress

From the seller:

A beautiful 1860’s golden silk moirĂ© dress. The fabric has a green undertone and is changeable depending on the light reflection. The dress was originally worn by Julia Beutts as part of her wedding trousseau. The dress was later worn by her daughter Ella A.A. Lcammon on her wedding day. The old note that comes with the dress has great family history. The dress consists of three pieces, the bodice, skirt and peplum belt. The bodice has full pagoda style sleeves. The bodice and sleeves are trimmed with gold lace and gold silk braiding. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The bodice also comes with an extra pair of sleeves. The skirt is fully lined with polished cotton. The dress is in good antique condition. The bodice has three1 inch splits and a couple of other tiny stress breaks. There is some slight underarm discoloration under one arm on the inside lining only. The skirt has a 3 ½ inch repair on the opening and is missing its waistband and pleating. There are no other splits or holes in the skirt. Some pleating has been done so the gown could be displayed. (Please see photos.) A stunning dress for display only. Bust 34 Waist 26 Front skirt length 42 Back length 47 Width at hemline 140.

From Me:

I bet the "gold" tone the fabric looks now is just the aging of the fabric.  I'm sure, as the note says, it was originally a lovely white moire dress.

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