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Wonderful twill hoopskirt for fashion lady from the post cage era, transitioning to first bustle era. A very fine piece for the collector of early poupees or china ladies, this skirt will please even the most discerning fashion doll. From the late Mode Enfantine era, this hoop would have been worn under a ball gown by a lady of standing. See, for example, the ball gown of empress Elisabeth of Austria pictured above, from 1865. Hoops such as these were pre-bustle era, and create that sumptuous "Gone with the Wind" silhouette that was popular across Europe and is known in the US as the "Civil War" Era shape. They simply do not get any more special than this! I love this hoopskirt, and know it would be a perfect addition to a true costume enthusiasts collection- even if just for display!
*Yes, we are offering this lovely piece on short term layaway! Take up to three months to pay for this beauty.*
Waist: Up to 7.5"
Diameter of Largest Hoop: 12"
Condition: Excellent. Truly wonderful condition for its age. Some minor agewear, and one small mend at the waist band, but the last one that I had was the first thing to sell during the Red Tag Sale, and I have priced this one just what that one sold for, so snap this GORGEOUS hoop set up before someone else does.
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Very Special Hoop Skirt for Fashion Poupee C. 1865