Monday, January 26, 2015

Early 1870's Cream Colored Gown

From the seller:
A magnificent 1871 candlelight satin wedding gown that has recently been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The cataloging tag is stitched inside the bodice. The bodice has a square cut neckline and short puffed sleeves. The neckline and sleeves are trimmed with lace. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The bodice has a center back peplum and the armscyes are piped. The skirt has a very long back train. The hemline is encircled with two wide bands of satin. The hemline was also trimmed with illusion netting as there are small remnants remaining. The gown is in very good condition. There is very light underarm discoloration, mostly to the inside lining, a pea size surface only hole on one shoulder and a couple of tiny splits at the top of the sleeves. There are two 7 inch very light colored water marks on the skirt hemline and some loose stitching on the satin bands on the skirt. See photo. Antique clothing is for display and should not be worn. Bust 32 Waist 24 Front skirt length 42 Back length 69 Width at hemline 180.

From Me:

It looks like some pieces have gone missing over the years for this dress.

The purple dress in the fashion plate above had similar sleeves to the extant dress.  Notice the fashion plate shows an extra layer of lace.   It's odd to see a dress from this era (late 1860's/early 1870's) without a whole lot of decoration.  My guess is the overskirt got lost over the years.

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