Monday, December 29, 2014

1810's Regency Era Plain Sheer Dress

From the seller:


A most becoming and charming rare American 1830 - 1835 white gauze like cotton hand stitched one piece gown FOR STUDY. Recently de-accessioned from the Rochester Historical society in New York State, and still retaining its original identification museum tags.

The dress has a high empire waistline with long tapered sleeves and the waistline has cartilage pleating and the hemline is decorated with lace.

The bodice and the skirt is unlined. There is a hook and loop closures at the empire back. Piping around drop armscyes, and travelling to waist line.

The gown is in very good and sturdy condition.

There is no underarm discoloration, and has not been washed, there are stains scattered about.

There is one 1/2" inch split on the sleeve, some scattered 1/8" to 1/4" splits in the fabric, some staining on skirt. Half of the lace trim at hemline is missing with some damage to lace.

None of the flaws are major and do not distract from the overall appearance of the gown. A rare and highly collectible early garment.

Bust 24" Empire Waist 24", Length of sleeves 27", Length of dress from shoulder seam to hemline in back 46". A very attractive early 19th century gown.

The dress is a small size and for display only.

Our merchandise is collectible and is not new and has lived a long and eventful life. We do not launder or dryclean unless stated in listing, and most times have been in storage for many years picking up old age storage oxidation spots. We expect the winning bidder to be prepared to clean or launder items even if item has never been worn or used.
Remember antique fabrics most always has some sort of flaw from being around so many years. Every effort has been made to describe our items as accurately as possible including flaws and imperfections to the best of our ability. We mention any marks or stains that are noticed, in the listing. We try to observe and report every defect that we are aware of to the best of our abilities, to give the buyer an accurate description but to mention every single minor blemish is laborious and unnecessary. As condition and description is largely based on personal opinion, we ask that you look at the photos carefully and decide the rating and pattern if applicable of this item for yourself. Antiques in perfect condition are more often than not, reproductions. We never knowingly sell fakes. Circa dates are approximate and not guaranteed, but dated according to some referencing and our experience. Circa means "about the time" and usually references a 10 year period.

From Me:

Based on the neckline, side seam placement, and high waistline, this is from about 1818. Most of the fashion plates show highly decorated dresses in this cut but with layers of lace at the hem. It would make sense that this would be an everyday dress rather than a fashion dress for a lady.


  1. Is the seller really using an open ballpoint pen on the fabric to indicate stains? Really? Didn't it cross the seller's mind that he/she could be further staining the fabric with ink that way?!

    1. I think s/he is trying to show a rip in the fabric but yeah...I'd at least cap the pen - or use a penny instead to show the tear.