Thursday, January 14, 2016
1880's Bustle Ball Gown in Ice Blue
From the seller:
A beautiful 1880’s ice blue silk bustle ball gown dress that is fresh from a NY estate. The family name was Stuart. The Austrian label reads Holznarth Wien L Karnrhnerstr 40. The fabric has a thin stripe pattern. The bodice has short puffed sleeves. The waist is trimmed with ivory silk moiré ribbon. There is no discoloration on the ribbon just shadows created by the camera flash. The back of the bodice has double lacing areas. It appears like an extra one has been added. The lacing is original to the garment. The bodice is boned and lined with blue silk. The skirt has two side sections made of beige lace and a bustled back. The dress comes with its original long leather evening gloves. The skirt is lined with blue silk. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is mild circles of underarm discoloration and a 1 inch thumb spot on the front of the skirt near the waist. There is a 1 inch split on the under part of one sleeve and a few small holes under the other arm. Bust 32 Waist 22 Skirt length 39.
Both the below fashion plates are from the Bartos Collection and are circa 1886.