Wednesday, February 11, 2015

1870's Ivory Dress

From the seller:

An elaborate 1870’s ivory wool wedding gown that has recently been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The hip length bodice has a center back peplum. The sleeve cuffs and hemline are trimmed with ruching and white satin bands. There are both decorated with ivory silk buttons. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt has a long back train. The front and back train have deep pleating. The pleating is outlined with ruching and satin trim. The side of the skirt has a umbrella pocket. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in good condition. The front of the bodice has been altered possibly for a later bride in the family. There are scattered moth nips mostly to the front opening. A few small peas size age spots and light soiling on the back train. Antique clothing is for display and should not be worn. Bust 34 Waist 25 Skirt front length 39 Back length 56.

From Me:

I doubt this was a wedding gown without any documentation to prove it was. The pocket is NOT a parasol (umm, who would put a wet umbrella in a wool dress pocket?!?) pocket. That has been disproven again and again with these side pockets. Practically says that you don't want your elbow hitting the handle of your parasol as you walk. They were, most likely, for fans and handkerchiefs.

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