A stunning late Victorian walking dress in chocolate brown early metallic silk comprising of 2 pieces. The petticoat has the front laid in small tucks from the waist line down, almost finishing with pleated hem . The coat is cut in two pieces, meeting in the centre front with buttons from the neckline to the waistline, the neck being adorned with macrame lace collar, long mutton sleeves are highly adorned with hand stitched floral embroidery , and macrame lace , the sleeves tight on the wrists fastened with buttons. The bodice is boned and lined with cotton, the skirt carries on with the same stunning floral handwork and hand stitched of floral embroidery and beads, which flows from the top of the skirt to the bottom , to the sides and back of the skirt we can find hand stitched frills, and the back of the skirt has hook and eye fastening, the skirt is fully lined with hemp lining . Most of this amazing dress is handmade and hand stitched, the dress is used and in a beautiful condition considering the age, however as it can be expected there are damages to the outer fabric to include rips but these are not usually through and through there are only on the surface layer of the material, stains and yellowing in places, some hand stitching repairs in places, rips in the lining of the skirt, please do analyse all the photos to get a better understanding of the damages. It is impossible for a worn item of this age to be in immaculate condition, and as such with all these damages the work and strength of the silk and the whole ensemble should be appreciated. I do believe that originally the dress had more than 2 pieces, sadly I only own the 2 pieces in the photos. The bustle is not included ! This hasn't been cleaned to keep the authenticity !
This lovely dress was custom made for Mrs. Pringle ( Jane Ann ) who seemed to be a devoted Methodist, the lovely wife of Mr. Henry Pringle . According to Rev. John Hallam Mrs. Pringle was a good woman , religious, loving and affectionate in her own family circle, kindly to the poor and attached to her church and its ministry. She passed into the higher life in October 1903 .
This walking dress in particular was made in Leeds, Brunswick Place .
I would estimate the size to be UK 4 - very tiny indeed , please do check measurements below .
Shoulder to shoulder : 29 cm / 11.4 inches
Chest : 78 cm / 30.7 inches
Waist : 64 cm / 25.1 inches
Sleeve length : 54 cm / 21.2 inches
Shoulder to hem : 37 cm / 14.5 inches
Waist : 62 cm / 24.4 inches
Hips : 96 cm / 37.7 inches
Front length : 100 cm / 39.3 inches
Back length : 109 cm / 42.9 inches