From the seller:
A striking pair of 1860’s bodice that are both made of the same brown and white stripe gauze fabric. They are de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection The first bodice has full pagoda styled sleeves that are adorned with brown and white silk trim. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with polished cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The bodice is in very good and sturdy condition. There is some very minor underarm discoloration, mostly to the inside lining and one tiny hole under one arm. Bust 34 Waist 24. The second bodice is also lined with polished cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The brown crocheted buttons are decorative. The outer edges of the sleeves are trimmed with brown silk fringe. The neck, armscyes and waist are all piped. The bodice is in very good and sturdy condition. There is no underarm discoloration. There is one ½ inch stress break on the front of the bodice. Bust 34 Waist 24.
I tried to find these in a simple search but no luck this time. I want everyone to take a look at the trim on the bodice with the pagoda sleeves. It's INSANE. Imagine trying to embroider all of that!
|1862 Fashion plate via Civil War Clothing|
I like this fashion plate because it has elements that both extant bodices have. The epaulettes at the shoulder with the baggy sleeve for one (and trim placement!) and the baggy gathers with the other.