Saturday, April 25, 2015

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!

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