Sunday, January 10, 2016
1830's Cream Colored Silk Dress
From the seller:
A beautiful 1830’s candlelight satin wedding dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The dress is all hand stitched. The bodice bust line is designed with rows of pleating and is padded. The short sleeves have piping at the top and bottom hemline. The neckline and waist are also piped. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a back hook and eye closure. The skirt is unlined except for a band of cotton at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in excellent condition. There is no underarm discoloration. There are a few pencil tip size holes in the skirt. Bust 29 Waist 20 ½ Skirt length 36 ½.
From what I can find, this was originally listed on the museum website as 1830s, American or European. Metropolitan Museum of Arts accession no. C.I.46.82.19a, b.
This was an evening dress and probably not a wedding dress. (Dearest sellers, just because it's off white or white doesn't make it a wedding dress!) Actually, given the measurements, I'm guessing this might be a young girl's Confirmation gown. The skirt is short (normal length with be around 40" if not longer) and the measurements are tiny even by their standards. Both boys and girls were required to wear white (sometimes some red) for Confirmation pre Vatican II. Since this normally happens at the age of 12/13, the measurements make perfect sense for Confirmation.