Antique Victorian Silk Dress Full Hoop Skirt From Md Historical Society Yqz
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Antique Victorian Silk Dress Full Hoop Skirt From Md Historical Society Yqz:
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First, a disclaimer. I am not an expert in 19th century fashion, and may miss dates or terms in this description. I have spent a long time looking at images resulting from search terms such as "Victorian Sleeve Fashion" and am trying to distill what I saw as best I can, so please bear with me for any shortcomings. I will describe what is here as best as I can, and go from there.
Like many American girls, I loved to read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, a national treasure of day to day life in the 1800's. One of the things she wrote about in her later books was about how she and her mother sewed the dresses they wore. As a girl reading these books many years after the time frame they covered, the fashions were a mystery to me, as well as the terms Laura used to describe the different features of her dresses. If I were to have a dress such as this one, it might have been helpful to see some of what she described.
We acquired this dress at an sale that identified it as coming from the Historical Society of Frederick County, Maryland. The dress is one piece, as opposed to a bodice separate from the skirt. This dress is made of silk, according to our source, and lined with what is probably cotton. The seams are machine stitched together, but the finish work was done by hand, including constructing a pocket that is sewn into a seam.
The dress is designed with a modest round neckline without a collar. The material is a brown plaid, with green accent lines. Brown was a popular color in the late 1800's. The front opens and is fastened with metal hooks and eyes, while six lovely glass buttons are sewn on for decoration. The sleeves are three quarter length, with a sleek straight design as opposed to the puffy sleeves of earlier styles. The sleeves have braid hand sewn on in double loops at the shoulder and at the end of the sleeve. The skirt is heavily gathered at the back of the dress, while the front is designed with several small pleats. The dress measures approx. 36" at the bust, 31" at the waist, and 48" from the center of the neck to the hem. Across the shoulders, it measures approx. 16" and the length of the sleeves is approx. 19.5". The hem of the dress is wide! Approx. 137" in circumference!! It would seem safe to say that this was meant to be worn with hoop skirts.
While this is an amazing example of 19th century dress design, it shows age all over. There are stains, missing fasteners, etc. While there are six buttons, two of them are damaged, one missing a chip of glass, the other missing the clear glass center. It appears that there were eight buttons at one time. The silk is disintegrating all over, with the shoulders having the worst damage. They aren't making any more of these 19th century dresses, so even in this condition, it is a rare and unusual piece of history that you don't want to miss. Good Luck!! Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 3 lbs 8 oz in a 18 x 14 x 5 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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