Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1830's Dress with Red and Green Paisleys

From the seller:

Rare C 1833 Boteh Printed Wool Dress SM

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This printed dress is a light weight wool with a sylized boteh print in olive green and dark red on a cream background with a wavy taupe stripe. It has a slightly high waist with self belt, wide collar, front placket with a padded fan front bodice, ruched at the shoulder, upper sleeves and above the button cuff. IT has some thin sp;ots and a few minor tears, supported by a gauze lining, it has a stain on the front neck by the collar, hooks in front, missing some hooks/eyes. The lining has rust stains on the shoulders probably from a metal hanger, some small tears under the hooks/eyes, a little faded under the arms. It was from the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC. Overall they called it in fair condition, I would call it good (I'm less picky and giving it a few points for age). It's 32 inches around the bust, waist is 26 and it's 51 inches long.

From Me:

For some reason, the 1830's appear to be a mix of Dr. Seuss (just take a look at the hairstyles!), the 1970's (see the colors above? Tomato Red & Avocado Green), and Kate Greenway's illustrations and yet, despite all that, it somehow works.

Here is the original info from the MET:


Published 1833–38
Topics Europe, cotton, 1833–38, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume, Cotton, Dresses, European

Identifier mma_dress_82292
Accession_number C.I.38.23.4a, b
Culture European
Date 1833–38

For a specific date, I believe it's more towards the 1837/1838 time period.  In 1833, they were still all about puffed sleeves of doom!


  1. I agree with the later date. The tighter sleeve cap with the fullness contained farther down speaks of 1837ish - 1840.

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