Thursday, June 23, 2016

American Civil War Era Plaid Dress

From the seller:

A stunning 1860’s brown, black, silver and white plaid silk dress. The bodice has full pagoda styles sleeves. The sleeves are trimmed with pleated black silk ribbon and a bow. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The neck, armscyes and waist are piped. The skirt hemline is trimmed with a wide black silk ruffles. The skirt is fully lined with polished cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There are circles of underarm discoloration mostly to the inside lining and a 1 inch split under one arm. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 41 Width at hemline 142.

From Me:

1863 Fashion Plate

The extant plaid dress sleeves are trimmed similarly to the grey and blue dress above. The lack of a point at the waist (most likely remodeled) points to an 1863 or later date. The pagoda sleeves are finally making the way of the Dodo bird in 1864. The dress is from somewhere in that time period.

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