Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Late American Civil War Brown Stripe Dress
From the seller:
An exquisite 1860’s brown printed silk dress. The fabric has a line and dash pattern. The bodice has full pagoda styles sleeves that are trimmed with two tone brown silk. The sleeves have a short cap over sleeve. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt is lined with cotton. The waistband and pleating have been removed from the top of the skirt. (See last photo.) The skirt has been tied onto the mannequin for display purposes. The dress is in very good condition. There are no holes or splits in the fabric. There is some very light underarm discoloration. Antique clothing is for display/collecting and should not be worn. Bust 34 Waist 26 Skirt length 43 Width at hemline 164.
The pagoda sleeve was falling out of fashion by the end of the American Civil War but the waist seems a bit high for earlier than about 1864/1865.