Thursday, August 29, 2013
Very Late American Civil War Era Dress
From the seller:
This auction is for a rare original antique 1850s to 1860s / Civil War era lady's one piece dress. A lovely shade of very dark taupe with a pale yellow and light taupe gingham check print. The mandarin collar bodice is lined in brown buckram, there is quite a bit of detailing, small box pleated ruffles across the bodice and matching to the sleeves. Piped armyces and waistline; Closure is pretty swirl mother of pearl buttons, all matching and hidden hooks and eyes. The hem is bound with wool tape. It appears that the waist has been recently reinforced with heavier twill binding. A very full completely buckram lined skirt that will easily accommodate a typical very wide full hoop. Approx measurements are 34" bust (my form is a 36" bust), waist 25" and 53" mid shoulder to hem. In very good condition, there is period underarm guards attached so there is no organic staining; the left underarm has a very small opening between the seam and fabric. This is in excellent condition, possibly the seams have been reinforced. A superb example of the era, it will make a fabulous display and a wonderful addition to any serious collection.
I would say this is no earlier than 1865, when the war ended. The trim placement, the skirt shape, and the waist length are consistent with the styles popular in 1865.