Monday, September 7, 2015

Early 1870's Bustle Era Dress

From the seller:

A splendid 1870’s three piece sage green silk bustle dress that has recently been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The bodice has a center back peplum. The neck and armscyes are piped. The hemline has double rows of padded cording. The sleeve cuffs have two rows of double pleating. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The over skirt has a long bustled back and is trimmed with gold silk fringe. The overskirt is unlined. The under skirt has a wide flounced hemline and a long back sweep. It is fully lined with cotton. The dress is in good display only condition. The bodice has mild underarm discoloration and a thumb size spot on the front hemline. The over skirt has repairs at the waistline, two three inch water marks and a couple of tiny splits. The under skirt waistband is mostly missing but the pleating is intact, so it can be displayed easily. There is a wide watermark on the edge of the flounce that can be seen in the photos and one at the back that is hidden under the flounce. Bust 32 Waist 23 Front skirt length 39 back length 53.

From Me:

Fashion plate 1871 via the Bartos Collection

Look at the trim on this extant beauty!  The mix to the self trim and the fringe is interesting.  I really love the color combination on this one despite neither being a particularly nice color on their own.

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