Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mid 1860's Wedding (?) Dress

From the seller:
A glorious 1860’s champagne satin wedding dress that has been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The bodice has a V shaped front neckline and pagoda style sleeves. The sleeves cuffs are designed with a wide scalloped edging. The armscyes are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. There are 2 missing buttons. The skirt has a very long back sweep. The front hemline has double rows of scalloped edging and side panels that are decorated in the same manner. The long back train also has a scalloped hemline. The skirt is skirt is fully lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is no discoloration just shadows created by the camera flash. There is no underarm discoloration. There are a couple of small peas size age spots, a couple of small stress marks near the neckline and a 2 ½ inch period mend near the back neckline. Bust 32 Waist 24 Front skirt length 40 Back length 62 Width at hemline 160.

From Me:

So...dagging like this was a thing in 1865...

1865 Fashion Plate via the Bartos Collection

Both the fashion plates above are from the Victoriana website and date to 1865.  The lady in the blue and white dress has very exaggerated puffy daggin while the little girl and the lady on the far right of the other fashion plate have dagging that is more similar to the extant gown.  The sleeve style, by this point, is a bit old fashioned but the waistline is fashionable for 1865.

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