Sunday, August 30, 2015
1865 Ivory Dress with Red Velvet Trim
From the seller:
A glorious 1865 ivory silk three piece wedding dress that has been de-accessioned from the Rochester, New York Historical Society. The dress was originally worn by Lucy McKin when she married P. Garrison on Dec. 6 1865. The dress was donated by her great granddaughter Mrs. Alan Valentine. The bodice is decorated with wide bands on ruby red velvet and ivory lace. The bodice has a round neckline. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a ruby red velvet button closure. The separate belt has a back bow with long streamers. The belt is trimmed with velvet and lace. The skirt has a long back sweep and is fully lined with cotton. The dress is in good display condition. There is underarm discoloration and a 1 ½ inch surface only split under one arm. There is a 3 inch surface only split on one sleeve and a few pencil tip size holes. The skirt has a couple of thumb size age spots and a few tiny splits in the fabric. There is light soiling on the back train and a three inch period mend on the edge of the hemline. Bust 32 Waist 26 Front skirt length 42 Back length 52.
1865 makes perfect sense for the style of this dress. I can very much see this being worn on Saint Nicholas day for a wedding. Very pretty!