Thursday, February 26, 2015

1860's American Civil War Dress with leaves

From the seller:

Original Museum Quality Antique Victorian Silk Beaded Dress w Train Civil War

Antique Victorian Dress

Gorgeous irridescent silk in a bronze color which has green sheen. Beautiful details with green leaves, blue glass beads and green cording with beads sewn into the cording as well. Crochet covered buttons and lace trim at neckline. Pocket at front. Also around the inside perimeter of skirt, there is a heavier fabric at bottom of hem to give the necessary weight. The flash wasn't used for the images that appear darker.

Overall good condition with some very minor small spots, a few leaves needs reattaching, very few broken beads, dart at waist shows separation, inside you will see fabric that is threadbare where hooks are, a tiny hole. One of crochet covered button shows wear on back.

Please see my other clothing and accessories from this era and I also have vintage clothing on eBay. Combined shipping is offered.

Approximate Measurements

Shoulder to Shoulder: 19-1/2" across (39") - has a drop shoulder seam
Bust: 16" across (32")
Sleeves: 19-3/8"
Waist: 10-1/2" across (21")
Length: measured from waist to bottom, 42" in front and 52" in back

From Me:

The overall style - the pleating towards the back, the waist length, sleeves, ect, indicate a date of probably 1864/1865. However, those leaves. I have no idea. They look to be all hand sewn on - the same gold beads in the trim surround each of the leaves. Maybe this was for a play during the Civil War?

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