Tuesday, November 8, 2016

American Civil War Era Plaid Dress

From theseller:


Offering a 1845 - 1850's lady's gown dress blue - tan striped silk taffeta dress, with flared pagoda sleeves, and all hand sewn.

One piece in construction. Decorated with lovely blue fringed trim.

All white streaks or areas that look like fading on material is sunshine.

Recently de-accessioned from the Rochester Historical Society Museum collection in New York state. The gown still retains it's original Museum ID catalog identification tag, sewn inside label.

The bodice is piped at shoulder sleeves armscyes, and at waistline, waistline is gathered with cartilage pleating, all hand sewn. The gown is lined with brown polished cotton in skirt and on bodice. Gown has original front hook and loop closures sewn in material closure. Inside bodice has 4 whale baleen stays. The long arms are flared with pagoda sleeves and ruched in upper arm and pagoda sleeves are lined with a creamed white silk.

The gown is in fair/poor antique condition for study or display only. There is no underarm discoloration stains. There is no underarm discoloration stains. Many splits in the fabric on both armscyes, bodice and body of skirt.


Bust 31-1/2", Waist 26", Sleeve length 18", Length from shoulder to front hem 56", Shoulders across back 16", Shoulder to waist 15-1/2", Width circumference at hem line 143".

The gown is in fair/poor antique condition for study or display only. The gown is not wearable. A beautiful display gown.

A hard to come by dress of 166+ years of graceful life.

This is a wonderful piece to add to an early collection.

I have listed other early antique clothing pieces in my ebay store.

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We are happy to answer any questions about this item.

Insurance has been added to postage handling charges.

The items I sell are antique or vintage textiles. They are not new and not flawless. If you expect perfection, antique or vintage is NOT for you. The items I sell have been used and loved or stored away for decades. Textiles stored away for decades ALWAYS pick up small oxidation storage spots. Unless stated in description, I have not cleaned the textile and will be up to the buyer to refresh.

From Me:

1860 Fashion Plate

The sleeve style is very similar to the one in the fashion plate - with the puffy gathers at the armscye but a nice wide sleeve still. The waistline looks like it was chopped off - common during this time period since ladies were simply updating their old dresses to the latest styles. My guess is this final product is from about 1864.

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