Monday, June 22, 2015

1850's Ball Gown Bodice

From the seller:

Emerald green velvet ribbon trimming on the pretty figured teal green silk brocade ball gown bodice dating to the 1860s. Short bell sleeves with fringe, back closure with both hook and eye and holes for lacings. Fully lined and stayed with dramatic front point. Very good antique conditon.

Measurements: 30" chest, 25" ribcage, 14" long to longest point.

From Me:

Based on the measurements, I'm saying a young lady's bodice. This is most likely from the 1850's based upon the pointed front, the trimming, and the double sleeves. A very pretty piece.


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    1. I think so too. The patterning on the fabric is pretty interesting.

  2. I love it! I was wondering, would you consider adding a evening or ball tag for appropriate bodices or dresses?

  3. Hi Michaela! I normally use the gown tag to distinguish between day and evening dresses. I have considered adding a dinner or evening tag but I'm not sure how much support there would be for that. You can use the search function to go back and see which dresses I've called dinner or evening dresses - but only those that I specifically called out will turn up.

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