Friday, February 6, 2015

Late Regency Era Outfit/Sleeveless Spencer!










From the seller:

A very rare 1820’s two piece beige silk and wool blend riding habit dress. It has been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The cataloging tag is stitched inside the jacket. Both garments are all hand stitched. The riding habit consists of a sleeveless Spencer jacket and high empire waist skirt. The Spencer has a wide circle collar and a drawstring waist. It is lined with cotton. The skirt has a wide waist band that has a hand stitched button hole. The skirt is fully lined with cotton. The riding habit is in very good condition. There are a few scattered pea size age spots mostly to the back of the collar and 1 small period mend on the skirt waist band. Antique clothing is for display and should not be worn. Bust 34 Adjustable waist 30 Skirt length 39.

From Me:

late 1810's. Here's another sleeveless spencer at the Met from the same era.

3 comments:

  1. With the pleating all around the skirt, this looks more 1790s to me... And you see bodices with bits under the waist in fashion plates from that era as well.

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    1. It's from about 1815:
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/6303420579/in/set-72157628030970730
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/51592109@N08/6303993906/in/set-72157628030970730

      Notice that the neckline is high - which is an indication of the later date. Also, the collar is rather large. In the 1790's, the neckline would have been much lower - to allow some of the underdress or fichu to show. The collar most likely wouldn't have even existed or it would have been much smaller and only as an accent. I believe the MET is down right now but the fashion plate I posted originally is also from the 1810's.

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  2. Although now that I look more at the bodice, I agree that it looks later - is it bias-cut on the front?

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