Thursday, May 21, 2015

American Civil War Era Bodice

From the seller:

This auction is for an original Lady's Bodice from the Civil War period. Its fabric is a lovely striped wool gauze with dark brown silk stripes running throughout. It's trimmed with puffed bands of self-fabric-very elegant! It features classic 1860s styling: dropped shoulders with piped armholes and waist, off-white cotton lining, original brass hook front closure, a dog-leg with original brass hook/eye closure, boning and hand-stitching throughout. It's fashioned in a "surplice" style where one side of the front laps over the other, making a flattering V-neck. The epaulet's at the tops of the sleeves are particularly elegant- a very stylish bodice! It's a very well-preserved specimen of Civil War Era dressmaking highly suitable for display or patterning.

Condition: Some wear/thinning of the fabric, possible scattered small or pin holes, light discoloration. Please look at photos and ask questions.

Measurements are: The bust is 33 inches & the waist measures 24 inches.

From Me:

From the Bartos Collection 1862

The purple and white dress has a similar overlap like closure.  I think this bodice was probably made about 1862 and then restyled post war.

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