From the seller:
Being offered for auction are two lovely 1890’s velvet and silk bodices. The first bodice is made of black velvet and white satin. The label reads Bonvato Ladjing 7 W. 30th Street, NY. The front of the bodice has a white chiffon insert. The bodice has a high neck ivory satin collar and wide ivory satin lapels. The lapels are trimmed with lace. The bodice has ornate braided trim that is laid over a ivory satin base. The bodice is lined with silk and has a hidden front hook and eye closure. The bodice is in very good and sturdy condition. There is no underarm discoloration. There is splitting on the inside silk lining. Bust 32 Waist 23. The second bodice is made of royal blue silk and dark blue velvet. The label reads Ida Garvin Old Fellows Block Concord N.H. The bodice is trimmed with tiny bugle beads. It has a high neck collar. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The bodice is in very good and sturdy condition. There is some missing beading on the collar and mild underarm discoloration on the inside lining. Bust 32 Waist 20.
|1898 Fashion plate from Historical Sewing||1897 Fashion Plate|
Really, these fashion plates are only a couple of months apart - the one from 1897 is from October and the one from 1898 is from January. The beautiful blue bodice looks similar to the dress on the left in the 1897 fashion plate and the black bodice is very similar to the one being worn with the plaid skirt in the 1898 fashion plate.