Friday, November 20, 2015

Lovely Pale Green 1850's Dress

From the seller:

A beautiful 1850-1860 celery green changeable floral satin brocade dress that has recently been de-accessioned from the Rochester Historical Society Museum collection. The fabric has a gold and light blue floral pattern that changes depending on the light reflection. The background fabric has a strong blue undertone. The bodice has semi pagoda sleeves. The front and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with gold silk lace. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The skirt is attached to the waist with cartridge pleating. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is some underarm discoloration and a few scattered age spots. There is a tiny split near the back neckline and a couple of minor breaks in the lace. Bust 31 Waist 23 Skirt length 39 ½ Width at hemline 148.

From Me:

The fashion plate below is from 1852 and the gray dress is very similar in style to this extant one.

1852 Fashion Plate

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