From the seller:
Lustrous cinnamon brown ribbon weave stripe silk ballgown, with matching pelerine, dating to the 1860s. Fetching off the shoulder neckline, prettily trimmed in fringe on pagoda sleeves, with deep v front at piped waist, directional box pleats at waist. Stays at the lace up back, both bodice and skirt lined in cotton, with wool tape floor brush at hem. Matching pelerine trimmed in the fringe and lined. Hand sewn found in New Hampshire. In very good overall condition with some scattered small breaks at hem, tendrils of water marks here and there , slight underarm marks, missing lacings. Chest approx. 32-34", waist 22-24" length from shoulders 51".
|1857 Fashion Plate|
The shoulders of the dress should be just on the shoulders of the mannequin - you can see the creases in the underarm because the dress isn't fitted correctly since the mannequin can't move like a human body can. I love the piecing on this - it's very well done but there is a lot of it if you look at the photos. It's very much mid-1850's in style.