Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Late 1860's/Early 1870's Green and Gold Dress

From the seller:

Interesting bodice, skirt and cape. Not sure exactly it’s date, the fabric is old some of the stitches and trim I am not so sure about. Green and Gold taffeta silk with lace sleeve. The fabric is stained and old. The bodice is not boned, and there is this weird little cotton lined quilted patch/pocket on the left back? Very strange?

The cape is gold with the green trim is tough to see against the skirt. There are straps to put your arms through and it closes with eye hooks. The fabric is pretty torn up around the neckline and there are quite a few little moth holes.

This came from an estate with clothes dating to the 1840's, not sure about the date on this. Could be something that was reworked? Or part of the families costume trunk!

Please see all the images and don’t hesitate to ask question.


Skirt: 26”
45” long

Waist: 26”

Bust: 36”

Length: 18”

Sleeves: 24”

Across the top of the shoulders: 16”

Cape: 54” long

From Me:

It's not a cape first off. It's probably the overskirt for the green skirt displayed all funny. It looks like someone recently attempted to wear it as a Halloween costume - probably contributed to it's current lack luster state- and added the tulle. The bodice, without the undersleeves, is late 1860's in style. The green skirt looks like it could fit a smaller elliptical hoop - maybe 1869/1870 for a date.