Beautiful early 1890s (perhaps 1891-92) dress consisting of a skirt and bodice.
The style reminds me of a military uniform, with moire silk ribbons and several decorative buttons down the front of the bodice in a v-shape. The bodice has puffed sleeves and is structured like a jacket, flaring out past the tailored waist.
It is a black silk faille, the bodice lined with soft printed cotton and fully boned. Hook and eye closures down the center front and also down the side/front of the overlapping panel.
Skirt is lined with polished cotton and is bustled at the back. It has two full layers and is quite heavy. The waistband is polished cotton with two hook and eye closures.
A very lovely and unique set!
+++ Measurements +++
12" between shoulder seams measured across the back
41" front length
43" back length
+++ Condition +++
Beautiful condition overall with some flaws to note:
- Some small holes in both the skirt and bodice
- Wear and repairs around the waistband of the skirt
- A few missing, loose, and replaced hooks/eyes (wearable as-is, but may benefit from replacing the missing ones)
- A few missing decorative buttons on the sleeves
Wearable with care. Should not be submerged in water. Has been steam cleaned and is free of any strong odors.
+++ Please read +++
This item is not new, and as such, it has wear commensurate with age. As with all older vintage and antique items, please handle with care.
All items are sold as-is, and I do my best to point out all condition issues and provide a detailed description and photographs.
Unless specified, items have not been cleaned.
I do not accept returns or offer refunds. Please see all photos, read the entire description, and ask any questions before purchasing.