From the seller:
A regal 1880's - 1892 light beige 2 PIECE bustled gown de-accessioned from the Rochester historical museum collection in New York state. The gown still retains it's original Museum ID catalog tag as well as sewn in catalog identification tag.
The bodice has pink machine lace and pink silk moire ribbon draped on each side of button closure and extending over the shoulders coming together in a "V" at waist. The back at the waistline forms into a "V"
The neckline and sleeve cuffs are decorated with the same pink scalloped lace. Inside bodice is a drawstring to adjust neck area.
The bodice is lined with satin and with 12 covered baleen whale bone stays and has a front button closure. One button is missing. A museum catalog identification tag is sewn inside at back neck line.
The skirt is accented with layers of pink scalloped machine lace with silk moire ribbons and an attached white pleated gauze material underskirt petticoat with white wide valenncienes lace at hem. The skirt closes by hooks and eyes at the back and gathers with pleats in the back for a nice fall and accented with pleats at hem line. The skirt is lined with gauze. A large pink wide silk moire bow with trailing ribbons.
Condition: The gown is in good condition. One missing fabric covered button on bodice. One area at bodice opening of pink lace scalloped edge has unravelled. No stains or underarm discoloration. There is pink tulle that is in the beginnings of shredded in sleeve wrist, and inside neck collar edge. Few very small holes in bodice and skirt scattered about.
A truly grand display dress/gown or for study.
Bust 30-1/2", Waist 25", Sleeve 18",
Front Shoulder to hemline 53",
Back Shoulder to hemline 55"
Front skirt length 39-1/2" Back length 39-1/2", waist 25" .
The skirt is on...sideways. The ruffles should be at the front; the pleats should be at the back.
|1875 fashion plate via the Bartos Collection|
Edit: I see this has become a slightly popular topic on FB! Please feel free to post here as I don't have an account on FB. I'd love to see any documentation anyone might have that would support their claims.
For now, I'm putting this one under both 1870's and 1880's since there are good points (check comments) to support both sides.