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.

From Me:

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!

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