Stunning Post Civil War Purple/lavender 2 Piece Bustle Dress Gown With Train
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Stunning Post Civil War Purple/lavender 2 Piece Bustle Dress Gown With Train:
STUNNING POST CIVIL WAR PURPLE/LAVENDER 2 PIECE BUSTLE DRESS GOWN WITH TRAIN
This is an absolutely fabulous gown from the late 1860’s. It would make a statement in anyone’s collection and could definitely be shown in a museum!
This all original gown is made in two main pieces (bodice/jacket and skirt). It is machine and hand sewn. It has no labels or markings. The main fabric of this gown is a purple/lavender silk faille. The gown is trimmed with an ivory/pale grey silk, as well as silk covered buttons (all present).
The bodice is very fitted with long sleeves. The bodice is fully lined with a thick ivory cotton, and buttons down the front. It has two pieces of short boning down the inside front. The bodice has a short skirt at the bottom, which fits over the skirt, the back of which falls over the bustle of the skirt. The bodice has a very small pocket hidden in the front left seam. The bottom half of the sleeves are detachable, and as such, are only basted in place.
The skirt is made with various drapes, ruffles, tucks, etc., forming a flatter front and large bustle back flowing into a train, all popular during this period. The skirt fastens on the back left side with two hook and eyes (both present). The center top back of the skirt has carriage pleating. The skirt is completely lined with ivory cotton. The skirt has one pocket hidden on the left side seam. There are remains of ties across the back inside lining for drawing the bustle tighter. There is also a ruffled belt that came with this set, which adds to the character of the skirt, when the jacket is not worn.
I have a note written by a descendant of “Grandma MacNapp”, who originally owned this gown. Additionally, I have a picture of Jessie MacNapp, daughter of “Grandma MacNapp” wearing the gown for a professional photo taken in the 1920’s. With a little research, I’m sure someone could determine the first name of “Grandma MacNapp”.
I would consider the condition of this dress to be quite good. The silk faille and silk trim are quite strong. However there is underarm discoloration and damage. There are no other tears to any of the fabric in this gown. However, there are some moth nips on the back tail of the bodice, on the lower left sleeve, and the top back of the skirt (which is the worst, but covered by the tail of the bodice). I have shown these moth nips in the pictures I have provided. There is slight fading of the overall gown, as evidenced when comparing to the inseams and normal age soiling. However, it is still a lovely purple/ lavender. The last picture I have provided shows the gown in total daylight, so you may have an accurate idea of the fabulous true color!
I have shown this gown over a crinoline and bustle support, which are not included in this sale. This gown could accommodate a larger bustle support.
Please feel free to ask any questions.
As Isearch through my "attic" and other storage rooms in my home, I am uncovering severaltreasures that I havecollected over the years, which I have never or rarely used. It is time for me to downsize, and hope theseitems will become the treasures of someone new.
I have tried my best to describe the item offered above,and therefore guarantee that the item offered meets or exceeds the description provided above.I will provide a money back refund (less shipping and insurance costs) if the item does not meet the description above and the item is returned in the same condition within fourteen (14) days of Buyer's receipt. Payment is accepted by Paypal only. However, payment must be received within seven (7) days of purchase, unless agreed to otherwise in writing. I will ship the item by USPS, insured if valued over $100, within two (2) business days of receipt of payment.