Monday, March 30, 2015
Early 20th Century Split Skirt
From the seller:
This is a riding skirt, the wide "gaucho" style pants hidden by a buttoned panel in front. It also fastens at the sides with hooks and eyes. The pleat at the center back also helps to disguise the pants, though they're not covered by a panel in back.
It's unlined, fabric is a rich brown and beige heathered suiting wool with a smooth, not wooly, finish. Color is much nicer than the pictures show.
It measures 27" around at the waist, it's 43 1/4" long.
Very good overall, with some holes visible when the fabric is held to the light, the busy pattern camouflages most of them. There is a quarter-sized patch inside near the top of the waist, this shows through to the outside as a small repair, also camouflaged by the busy pattern. There is a handprint-sized area of surface wear, with some minor color loss. C.1915.
Because of the full paneled front, I think these are earlier (Edwardian) than the previous pair I've posted. The previous pair are part of my own collection.