Historic 4th of July 1876 Linen Centennial Celebration Outfit - Museum Quality!
Historic 4th of July 1876 Linen Centennial Celebration Outfit - Museum Quality! :
This exceptional Victorian ensemble was created in Philadelphia in 1876 to commemorate our nations 100th anniversary and this is emphasized with the use of the wide red/white striped fabric, similar to our Flag, used on the hemline of the skirt as well as the lining of the jacket sleeves. This outfit was meant to be versatile in terms of fit so there is a gathered waistline on the skirt and the full circumference measures 74" (flat measurement of 37"doubled). Given the generous waistline and the petite dress form I had to fold the skirt over and bunch it up etc. so I couldn't get it to look that great in the photos (this is a good problem to have...ordinarily, garments of this era are tiny so having a lot of fabric to work with is great!). Then I got a model but, ideally, I would have a model who fits the garment and this is not the case but you can still get some idea from what is shown here. The skirt length is 40-1/2". The peplum blouse is 25" in length and has 24" long puffed sleeves. The bust is 38" (flat armpit-armpit measurement). I can't determine the shoulder to shoulder measurement since the seam is at an angle and it is difficult to know where to measure given the construction (I am measuring 10", 11", 12"...which doesn't make a lot of sense...you can see it being worn by an adult in the photos). This garment will most likely appeal to a collector, museum personnel or another institution where it would be displayed and size wouldn't be a significant matter. The fabric remains strong and vibrant and the gaiety depicted in the outdoor scene is one of men and women playing tennis, young children with a songbird and a young woman retiring in a hammock simultaneously fanning herself and gesticulating a command to her dog. I purchased this from a reputable dealer at an antique clothing/fabric show several decades ago and it's been a pleasure to simply gaze at it from time to time but now I need to pass it on where it can be enjoyed by others. There is a small tear near a seam that can be seen in one of the photos and small holes (2-3 mm across) that are barely noticeable given the busy pattern. As far as damage or imperfections are concerned there is nothing of real significance and this is in remarkable condition given it's age. We accept Paypal and if you look at the check-out instructions you will also see the option of calling our shop (yes we have a physical shop) and paying over the phone. FREE SHIPPING IN THE U.S.This will be packaged safely and securely as well as fully insured. Please ask any questions you may have prior to making a purchase. Thank you for your interest in another offering by Hurdy Gurdy Man Antiques in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Maine residents pay 5.5% sales tax. This is a FABULOUS collector's piece! The price has been reduced by $175 for a quick sale. WE ARE UNABLE TO SHIP THIS BETWEEN MAY 24 - 31 SO IF YOU WANT TO BUY IT WAIT UNTIL AFTER THIS DATE OR EXPECT A DELAY. THANK YOU.