Friday, April 28, 2017

From the seller:

Here is an Antique Embroidered Linen Bustle Dress 2 pieces that include bovine buckles at sleeves and at back of waist see photos.  The long coat/jacket is partially lined with a hand stitched tag that reads "Mrs. John Conzelman" Hand stitched with fabric buttons down the front and metal hook closure at waist.  The skirt also has metal hook closures.  Overall very good vintage condition with some stains/spots/age patina discoloration underarms, a couple of tiny pinhole sized holes at skirt waist with an open seam see photos.  The bustle is pinned in a couple of places at back of jacket/coat and needs stitching as well as the self belt needs attention such as replacing the hook/eye closures. There are some holes/wear along the pleated bottom edge of the skirt along with some dirt stains. From an estate in found condition.  Please see pictures for details and e-mail with any questions. Thanks for looking.

Approx. Measurements Lying Flat: Please compare measurements with a piece of clothing that fits you to get an accurate fit.

Top measures 19" from underarm to underarm, 16" sleeve from underarm to edge of sleeve opening, 14" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam and 45" long from top of shoulder down front to bottom edge as it is longer in the back.

Skirt measure 13" across waist, 25" across hips and 44" long from waist to bottom edge and is longer down back of skirt.

From Me:

I'm hesitant to post this one and I'm not sure it is antique. There are aspects of it that look more like "Hollywood Old West" movie set outfit that an actual antique gown. However, the cut itself, complete with the off center belt buckle, is pretty consistent with 1884 fashions.  ...Even if the trim does look like something I just bought at Jomar...

1884 Fashion Plate


  1. My first thought was an 1868-1870 wrapper. The sleeves in particular. Fashions repeat though....

  2. My first thought was an 1868-1870 wrapper. The sleeves in particular. Fashions repeat though....

  3. Toned embroidery on ecru linens were super fashionable, during the bustle period, as machine embroidery got big. So this could be a well preserved periodical ensemble, and not a movie costume. Unfortunately without the bustle support it looks shaggy, but still we can gat the idea it's first bustle period 1870's, and not second from the 1880's. Must had been somewhere in the transitionaly period from first bustle to natural form...