From the seller:
1870's BURGANDY RECEPTION BUSTLE BACK GOWN 2-PIECE WITH LONG TRAIN MUSEUM DE-ACCESSIONED
This is an attractive reception ball gown of the 1870's period, that a mid to upper class woman would wear. A regal 1875's - 1880 deep wine burgandy pongee 2 PIECE in construction bustled reception gown recently de-accessioned from the Rochester historical museum in New York state. The gown still retains it's original Museum ID catalog identification tag, inside as well as string tags with donor's name The gown is hand stitched and machine sewn.
The bodice is lined with light beige striped cotton on the interior and has 9 whale bone baleen stays, fully boned with inner petersham.
Front bodice has 10 button closure that extends from the chest area to hip area. The sleeves have flared pleated cuffs accented with striped gold and burgandy velvet, pleated ruffles and a lovely trailing velvet ribbon bows. The sleeve cuffs, neckline, and inner hemline are all decorated with fabric ruffles. There is no underarm discoloration inside and outside and no splits or holes in the fabric.
Museum catalog identification numbers written inside as well as fabric label. Back of bodice is skillfully constructed accented with split tails with flowing velvet ribbon bows. The only minor problem with bodice is that it is missing 9 of the 10 buttons.
I find only a few minor problems with the skirt. The skirt closes by hooks and eyes at the back, and there is a very small tear by the hook closure on waist band.
The skirt gathers with pleats in the back on one side for a nice fall. The front of the skirt is trimmed with gold and wine burgandy velvet from waist band to ruffles at hem line. One large velvet ribbon bow at side.
The skirt front has soft draping pleats from waist line to hem with complimentary velvet on each side of pleating. A lavish designed long back sweep gathered into a bustle effect rear skirting in full bustle fashion. The rear puff enhances the outfit nicely. Skillfully done ruffles at hemline. The skirt is lined with wine colored cotton. Inside hem torchon lace needs to be attached, an easy fix as shown in second to last photo. The material the lace is attached to has shredded. No holes or stains or fabric splitting on outside pongee.
Skirt has a matching belt with museum catalog idenification number as well as skirt.
MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES:
SLEEVE LENGTH 17-1/2"
ACROSS SHOULDER 12"
FRONT LENGTH: 39
REAR LENGTH: 65
Condition: The SKIRT is in very good condition, the BODICE is in very good condition. Small 1/8" split on waist band of bodice near hook closure. 9 of the 10 buttons are missing on bodice. Some dusting on the skirt pleat ruffles.
Antique clothing is for display and should not be worn.
A truly grand display dress/gown or for study or for display only.
|1875 Fashion Plate|
Based on the neckline and the length of the bodice, I'm guessing about 1875 for this one. I tried to look it up and see if it was one of the MET's dresses but I didn't see it.