From the seller:
DATING TO THE VICTORIAN 19TH C
TWO PIECE IN ITS CONSTRUCTION
FASHIONED OF A THIN BLACK WOOL FABRIC THAT IS PLAIN WITH A PATTERNED SILK AND WOOL BLEND WITH A COCOA BEAN PATTERN
THE BODICE HAS A CAP BUSTLE IN THE REAR, TRIMMED WITH JET BUTTONS IN THE CENTER
PIPED SHOULDERS AND PIPING ALONG THE CUFF EDGES
FRONT CLOSES WITH RECTANGULAR JET BUTTONS UP THE FRONT, BOTTOM EDGE IN PIPING
THE SKIRT IN MATCHING FABRICS, RUFFLES CROSS OVER THE FRONT WITH A HEAVY RUCHED CENTER PANEL
REAR IN A WATERFALL CASCADE
THE PIPING OF THE EDGE OF THE BODICE HAS SOME VERY SMALL WEAR, THE REAR TAIL OF THE SKIRT HAS THREE SMALL HOLES AND TWO SMALL BITE HOLES ON SIDE BOTTOM SKIRTING
CONDITION IS OTHERWISE EXCELLENT, STRONG AND WEARABLE.
THESE GOWNS ARE GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND THESE DAYS
That's not a waterfall cascade in the back. I've seen the waterfall described in two different ways: one as long straight pleats down the back and the other is the alternating flip style like in the fashion plate below.
|1875 Fashion Plate via Yesterday's Thimble|
The bodice construction is earlier in style - this probably was a bustle dress at some point but was altered for the changing styles in the late 1870's.