Tuesday, November 8, 2016

1880's Baby Blue Dressing Gown with Jaw Dropping Back!

From the seller:


This is an attractive dressing gown of the 1870's period, that a mid to upper class woman would wear. A regal sky blue 1 piece dressing gown made of lightweight plain weave challis.

Recently de-accessioned from the Rochester historical museum in New York state. The gown still retains it's original Museum ID catalog tag, inside as well as string tags and the name of the person that wore and donated the gown.

The bodice of this gown is decorated with a torchon bobbin net lace 3 tiered trim collar around the neckline. Down the front opening is adorned with satin ribbon bows with streamers. The bodice has fabric covered button front closure. The cuffs are decorated with tulle. One lace cuff is missing. One sleeve has a stain as seen in photos. Nice decorative pockets.

The gown is fully lined with white cotton. The sleeves have a slight curve and tapering at the elbow. The sleeves have scattered small holes and has no underarm discolorations.
One lace cuff is missing.

I find only a few minor problems with the skirt. The back is gathered with fullness in the back for a nice fall and bustle effect. The rear puff enhances the outfit nicely. The bottom ruffle has opened up and needs to be reattached, an easy fix. The bottom of the skirt has a few small areas of roughness at edges, some lace has ripped and is dingy. The skirt has a few very small pin holes scattered about. The skirt is in very good condition.

Overall the gown needs to be cleaned to refresh.


Bust 32-1/2",

Waist 32",

Sleeve Length 18-1/2" + lace. Lace 1-1/2".

Across shoulder 12"

Front skirt length 50"

Back length 62-1/2".

Condition: The gown is in good condition.

A truly grand display dress/gown or for study or for display.

From Me:

That back!  I'm pretty sure this is 1880's - the front looks similar to some 1890's dressing gowns but the back is very much all bustle era.

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