Saturday, July 7, 2012
Late 1870's Bustle Era Dress
This is a magnificent Victorian fancy bustle dress from the 1880s in a peachy pink silk (blend?) trimmed in the most gorgeous lace!
The bodice is trimmed with the lace around the neckline and cuffs.
It is lined in cotton and fastens up the front in matching buttons. I was not sure if the buttons were original to the dress but I was told by a button collector that they are glass and are probably the originals.
The skirt has four rows of beautiful lace and one small row at the top. The skirt also has a built in bustle. It is lined in a stiff material.
The condition is very good with just some minor damages. There is a slight underarm stain, a missing eye at the top of the buttons on the bodice and a hook on the waist ties that hold up the back of the bustle, a couple of tiny pin holes, and the worst is the waistband on the skirt where the hooks and eyes are needs reinforcement due to a tear and wear.
shoulder to shoulder.....12"
waist to hem.......45"
Given the colonial styling, my guess this is from right around 1876 when the colonial styles were popular again - with their own Victorian touches, of course!