From the seller:
A NICE ANTIQUE BODICE IN ORIGINAL CONDITION
IS FADED IN PLACES, SOME SILK FRACTURES, FOLD LINES, REPAIRED UNDER ARM
PRESENTS WELL BUT NEEDS ATTENTION
Since there isn't much of a description, here's what I noticed: This lady really knew how to use up trim! The trim looks to be about a 1/2" wide or so and is placed at intervals to follow the directions of the already existing white stripes. It looks to be carefully handsewn on using a matching thread. Some of the trim appears to have been placed on once the garment was somewhat sewn, to cover the seams.
The pigeon front is pretty clear in this bodice - particularly exaggerated by the netting in the front. The pleats under the netting also help to give it a slightly more puffed look.
There are black sequins around both the base of the bodice and cuffs to match the black appliqué trim around the neckline and the neck. Perhaps this was a dinner bodice given the decorations?
Based on the shape of the sleeves, probably about 1902.
|1902 Fashion Plate via What I Found|