Monday, June 22, 2015

Group of Early 20th Century Bodices

From the seller:

A very nice group of 4 1890’s lace bodices. The first bodice is made of black lace. It has a high neck collar that is trimmed with small blue beads. The waist is trimmed with a blue silk ribbon. The bodice is in good condition. Bust 32 Waist 26. The second bodice is made of ecru lace and is lined with beige silk. It is in good condition. There is some minor underarm discoloration and a few small splits in the lining. Bust 36 Waist 26. The third bodice is made of stripe cotton. It has a high neck lace insert. The sleeves are made of chiffon and trimmed with lace flounces. It is in good condition. There are some splits in the chiffon under the arms. Bust 34 Waist 24. The last bodice is made of lace and trimmed with dark green velvet. It is lined with silk. This bodice is in fair condition. There is overall splitting in the lining and some scattered breaks in the lace. Bust 34 Waist 26.

From Me:

I don't think a single one of these bodices are from the late Victorian period. The orange stripy and the black lace are from about 1904.

1904 Fashion plate

1904 Fashion Plate

The white lace one is from the late Teen's Era.

1917 Fashion Plate

The lace and moss green one is from the mid Edwardian era.

1906 Fashion Plate

I have no idea why the seller thinks these are earlier.


  1. Poofy sleeve confusion strikes again!
    Also, I sometimes have to wonder if some sellers intentionally date their wares to earlier than their are because of perceived value - somehow I never see things misdated to later, always earlier.

    1. I've seen where the seller states it's later than it actually is but that's mostly with the really early stuff. There are two time periods on ebay, Civil War and Victorian. If it doesn't fit into one of those, they will try and make it fit.