From the seller:
Victorian Silk dress Bodice ladies jacket Blue/Green polka dot Glass Trim & buttons
Gorgeous Victorian boned handmade ladies silk bodice. Has Black and gold glass buttons and beaded trim. It is in fine condition with no holes, just a little toning at the neck and a few dots, see close ups. There are 16 buttonholes and 14 buttons, one is over the bottom buttonhole on the wrong side. Due to this mystery, it was suggested to me that this was a salesman’s sample, plus the fact that there is extra gathering on one side and a long row of beaded trim. Center back length is approximately 23 inches. Bust approximately 32. Waist about 25 ½. Shank back buttons are ¾“ CAN BE PICKED UP AT Kempton SHOW SATURDAY OCTOBER 24.
My guess is the seamstress who made it just ran out of fabric and this is a very old UFO.
|1890 Fashion Plate|
Most likely 1890 if not a bit earlier with that tail on the bodice. Since there is no year zero, this is going in the 1880's.