Antique Edwardian Court Train Worn For King Edward Vll & King George V
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Antique Edwardian Court Train Worn For King Edward Vll & King George V:
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Antique Edwardian Court train worn for King Edward Vll & King George V
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English speakers only please.
'A Gown Madam? An Ensemble? Or perhaps a beautiful skirt? Do browse at your leisure.... For the evening or for visiting, M'Lady? I'm sure we will have something to your liking in the GOWN & COSTUME Department of Poppies Cottage ...'
Please see the provenance above, which will be sent with the sale, as well as amodern newspaper cutting showing the gown on display at a local exhibition.
Edward Vll was Queen Victoria's eldest son and was born in the early 1840's. He had a long wait to becomeKing in 1901! The Edwardian period is named after him and it ended when he died in 1910.
He was succeeded by George V, who died at the end of the First World War.
Both the dress and train were made by Kate Riley circa 1903.
This is for theseparate train only- thedress is listed separately.
So tragic! This huge and magnificent train must have drawn the attention of each King when it was worn to Court.
However, it is so clean, too clean, and I fear it has been later dry cleaned - very badly.
As a result, the silk has completely broken down and shattered - not in a few places, but all over.
My instinct then, was to cut it down to the superb yards and yards of gold thread & diamonte embroidered applique, which is still in superb condition.
But then I saw the underside! The underside is a pure joy and in superb condition apart from at the very top [neck] end.
Bordered widely in huge billows of ruched silk chiffon, the entire train is then lined in flat silk chiffon in wonderful, fresh condition. It is gorgeous!
And very clean.
How this survived when the silk upper fabric didn't we will never know.
So, I now have to offer someone the opportunity to patiently remove all the chiffon, before cutting the embroidery free. It will be a long job, but so rewarding if you can do it.
It is extremely heavy, so impossible to offer with the dress, but the decoration co-ordinates with the dress, so if you do buy the train, and want me to cut it down into panels I will, to reduce the weight. But I will hate destroying that chiffon!
The train is too large to lay flat on the spare floor in my sitting room, with the furniture back. I would estimate it is about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. If it is important to you, I will gently measure it. Just ask.
But it cannot, cannot be used as it is now. ONLY FOR SALVAGE.
AND NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED!
Do take a look at the dress which is in good condition!
BUYERS WITHIN THE UK. PLEASE IGNORE THE POSTAGE SHOWN. IT WILL COST £13.00 TO SEND WITH PARCLEFORCE 48.
BUYERS OUTSIDE THE UK. THE WEIGHT OF THIS IS TOO HIGH FOR STANDARD SHIPPING. I CAN SEND IT BY AIR BUT ONLY BY CUTTING DOWN THE VERY DAMAGED NECK WIDTH EDGE DOWN UNTIL IT WEIGHS THE REQUIRED AMOUNT . YOU WILL THEREFORE LOSE SOME OF THE LENGTH.
Please do take a look in my shop if you have the time!
Payment within5 days please. Sorry, no cheques. Paypal only from overseas. Paypal or uncrossed postal order from the UK. No collections for small items.
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On 26-Jul-13 at 15:51:46 BST, seller added the following information:
I have now measured this and it is larger than thought. It is 5.5 feet wide, and 9 feet long. Amazing!On 26-Jul-13 at 18:04:08 BST, seller added the following information:
I have today done some basic research into Kate Reily [note spelling]. She was a Court dressmaker, with premises in Dover Street London, and had a high reputation, noted for the professional treatment of staff. [This was rare in the days of appalling treatment of dressmakers]. She may have begun as early as the 1870's, but was certainly making finery for the Royals in the 1880's. She then went on to open premises in the USA, including New York. I am sure you can discover far more about this Court Dressmaker, but I will send what I have found with the sale.