Thursday, July 23, 2015
American Civil War Era Sweet Looking Ballgown
From the seller:
A magnificent 1860’s floral silk ball gown that has recently been de-accessioned from a major New York City museum collection. The fabric has a small pink and blue floral pattern on a champagne background. The bodice has a fan pleating on the front and back. The pleating is outlined with aqua silk. The neckline is trimmed with beige chiffon and has a black velvet ribbon drawstring. The puffed sleeves are trimmed with aqua blue silk and tulle netting. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a back lacing closure. The lacing is missing. The full skirt has a long back sweep. The skirt is unlined except for a band of gauze at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in very good condition. There is a small amount of underarm discoloration, a few small scattered water marks and light soiling on the edge of the hemline. A very beautiful display dress. Bust 33 Waist 23 Front skirt length 43 ½ back length 62 Width at hemline 180.
Based on the shape of the bodice and the skirt, probably about 1864 or so. I just love that little pale blue trim highlight around the neckline. It really makes the bodice pop.