Monday, November 16, 2015
Black Tea Gown Late Edwardian
From the seller:
A seductive 1900-1912 black silk lingerie nightdress. The bodice has a wide Bertha styled collar that is trimmed with black lace. The front of the collar has two long lace trimmed lappets. The sleeve cuffs are trimmed with ivory net lace and black lace. The nightdress has a front hook and eye closure and the bodice is lined with a layer of black silk. It is in good and sturdy condition. There are no splits or holes in the fabric. There are a couple of tiny pea size age spots on the skirt and some of the lace trimmed will need to be re-stitched. Shoulders 16 ½ Bust 34 Loose fitting waist 40 Length from shoulder to hem 48.
The Edwardian lady that wore this would have been scandalized to know that this has the word "seductive" being used to describe her tea gown. Tea Gowns were the leggings and sweatshirts of their day. Probably, the poor woman wore this while recovering from an illness in which other family members didn't make it. Given the high waistline in the front, the short sleeves, and some of the trimming, I'm putting this in around 1909.