Monday, April 27, 2015

1920's (?) Headdress

From the seller:

Here we present to you, an extremely rare and substantial piece that came from a single collector as part of a time capsule collection that spanned some 40 years. The Kokoshniks are Russian headdresses traditionally worn during the 18th and 19th centuries. They had an abundance of ornamentation, more than any other type of Russian garment. This late Edwardian (est. 1908) period costume headdress is decorated with unusual hollow glass pearls, found in garments dating from the same period. The traditional caul has magnificent height and is fashioned of green velvet to form the crown of the headdress.

Heavily embroidered with metallic thread edging, stones, glass pearls, gilt sequins, large gold metallic braids and fringe. The piece is backed in green silk and satin. Size is 24 1/2 inches. Generous size and wearable as Edwardian era headpieces were generally larger, because of the hairstyles. A well preserved and original piece of history. Ready to wear.

Authentic antique headpiece
Era: 1900
Style: Russian
Silk / Satin / Velvet / Glass / Metal / Faux Pearls
Slips On
No Fastenings
Color: Green
Fabric: Silk / Velvet / Satin
Care: Gentle Hand Clean / No Detergents / No Polish

Estimated Size: Large
Light-Medium Weight
Model is size 22 inch Head
Circumference is 24.5”

Excellent. This headdress is well preserved and in original state with rich patina, museum quality. No damage.

From Me:

I *think* this is 1920's due to the way it's designed on the sides.

Edwardian Summer Dress

From the seller:

1900 Silk Organza Spring Ensemble: This dress is made of a fine silk organza with many tucks. It looks like something she might have worn to gather flowers in a garden or worn to a ladies’ tea. The bodice has a bust of 32” and a waist of 22”. The skirt has a waist of 22” and a length of 38”. The bodice is lined with ivory cotton that has the normal age discoloration. The bodice has a few small pinholes and some small spots. The skirt has numerous splits, spots and some holes. I do not think this fabric would hold up to a washing, so you will have to live with the spots. With a deep cream under-slip I think that the dress would be okay to display. It would be great for a pattern, but because of the skirt damage it would never be wearable. The bodice should actually tuck into the skirt waistband. It would be beautiful to use with another skirt for display.

From Me:

For similar styled gowns from 1903/1094, check out this blog.

Edwardian Shirtwaist

From the seller:

Treat yourself

to this sensational champagne silk c. 1890

...exquisite lace inserts...tiny pleats...leg o' mutton sleeves

* in overall very good condition *

Apologies: some small scattered spots [ I leave cleaning to buyer, please ] R. sleeve lace trim is missing

[ Some photos with my pink sash ] * just lovely * worth a bit of TLC

Measurements [ lying flat ]

underarm-underarm: 18" waist: 15" length: 24"

Enjoy !

From Me:

About 1903 or so. I love this one for the details - those tiny pintucks and that lace! This with a nice solid colored skirt and a big hat? ...I'd honestly wear that today.

1910's Bathing Suit

From the seller:

Antique Wool women's Under Dress Circa.1860 Beautiful Cond. Vintage
From my grandmother's Estate. It belonged to her mother! Kept for years in my mother's cedar chest always above ground. No musty smell. From a smoke-free, pet free home. Length is 43".

A treasure in beautiful condition. Thank you so much for visiting.

From Me:

I included the title of this one to prove a point.

1860's bathing suits
Taken from Glamoursplash, 1914

The top fashion plate is from the 1860's. The bottom one is from 1914. Which one do you think it looks more like?

1890's Wedding Gown

From the seller:

sorry to say this victorian womans suit is in bad shape - but it has wonderful beadwork and lace and good "bones" if you would want to save it or redo it wonderful it needs at least that
you can see the disintegration of the outer layer material
but look past that at the beadwork and lace
this is a case of what you see is what you get

From Me:

So very 1890's! Sleeves of doom!!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Children's Bodices

From the seller:

A nice group of 1860’s children’s bodices. The first bodice is made of printed cotton. The fabric has a pink and purple floral pattern on a light blue background. The bodice is trimmed with ruffles. The armscyes, center panel and hemline are all piped. The bodice is lined with cotton. It is in good condition. There is some color loss and a few pea size age spots. Shoulders 12 Bust 22 Waist 20. The second bodice is made of blue and white pinstripe silk. It has short cap styled sleeves. The neckline, yoke and sleeves are decorated with burgundy trim. It is lined with cotton and has a back hook and eye closure. The neckline, armscyes and waist are piped. Shoulders 13 Bust 23 Waist 23. It is in good condition. There is a dime size age spot on the front of the bodice. The third bodice is made of light red printed cotton. It has short cap sleeves that are trimmed with white cotton braiding. It is in good condition. There are a couple of light colored pea size age spots. The bodice is unlined and has a back button closure. Shoulders 8 Bust 20 Waist 20.

From Me:

Although I think the red one is 1860's, I think the other two are 1850's.

Both the above fashion plates are from 1857. The first one shows several dress bodices with that V-shaped front similar to the white bodice. The second fashion plate shows a sleeve very similar to the white bodice as well.

Northern European 19th Century Bodice

From the seller:

This rare and beautiful piece is a family heirloom. It is European in origin (Germany or Austria) and Victorian in style. The brass fittings and attached brass hooks are highly ornate. There is gold stitching with gold toned metal intertwined. The bodice is hand stitched and there is boning throughout. There are stains and other signs of age, but this piece looks amazing and is very rare. It is 27" from hook to hook, but they are meant to be laced, so I am assuming the size is somewhat adjustable, but it is small. It measures 14" from top to bottom. It is heavy for how small it is because of all the materials put into the fabrication. NICE!

From Me:

I'm honestly not sure what decade this fulls under. I'm pretty sure it's the second half the 19th century, but just not which part of it. The brass fittings look almost turn of the century - and the underarm guards were VERY popular then (they existed before that, of course, but there are patents for designer underarm guards in the 1890's). The lace - I'm mostly sure- is 18th Century. I have no idea what's up with that jut in the middle of the back. None. The construction looks like a mix of new and old - which isn't surprising- maybe 1860's/1870's?

If anyone has any insight onto a possible decade, please let me know!