Sunday, August 23, 2015
Bustle Era Gown from 1872
From the seller:
Impressive taupe silk ballgown with Id and dated to 1874 (see images). Elaborate design with large bow at back, swags and pleat and bows. As found with breaks to undearms, missing buttons, drip staining thru skirt, seams coming undone at the decorative pleating at hem, shredding to the stiffened net interior, still impressive and quite heavy, with printed label on petersham waist cincher. I have listed and will be listing many early outfits all deaccessioned from major NYC musuem this week. Chest measures 32", waist 22" sleeves 20", skirt length front is 41" with train 52".
I'm going to guess that the seller cut and pasted the info and just forgot the change anything. I'm saying that because this ain't no ballgown and the tag looks all the world to say "1872" to me unless some one makes really strange looking 4's. Plus, given the waistline and the neckline, it follows the earlier 1870's fashions rather than the mid.
Also, this one that is still at the MET was gifted by the same person. It most likely was owned by the same person and this dress was part of the wedding trousseau.