So pleased to offer you this absolutely amazing piece of wedding history. This is one of two dresses I will be listing believed to be from the same family and came out of the same estate. While I have done some research and consulting, please know that I do not specialize in vintage clothing so I am doing my absolute best to represent this based on what I have been told, what I researched and what I can and have observed. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Description: The pictures won't do this dress justice because pictures don't allow you to feel the fabric and see the intricate hand stitching done on this dress. This dress features a high collar style typical of this era with battenburg lace hand sewn into place. Pearls and likely celluloid sequins are delicately sewn all throughout the battenburg lace as well. The back features numerous buttons with a sheer opening. A zipper is below the buttons with four additional buttons along the waistline that I suspect are for the bustle. Their are two pieces of ribbon for the bustle. One is on the outside part of the train near the small round battenburg. The other is located underneath the train. I believe one or both of these could be held on the wrist when she danced or walked. I believe the exterior fabric is a silk chiffon and the under fabric is a rayon silk. This dress definitely shows some machine stitching and hand stitching. Even the hem at the bottom you can see that next to the machine sewing, they carefully sewed the hem with a hand stitch all the way around so that no edge of the cut fabric shows. The seam is clean. The sleeves are sheer with lace and the bottom comes to a point at the hand.
The veil - Is stunningly gorgeous and features a headpiece with veil material in front and back trimmed in pearls. The headpiece also has pearls, lace and sequins.
Measurements: Waist 24" (I used the slip to measure which is included with the dress), 28" sleeve, 58" from top of the shoulder to the front part of the gown. the train adds another 45"
Condition: This is in what I would describe as above average to excellent condition for it's age. Overall, it has been well cared for. The only issue I found was a small hole where the hand tacking has given way at the inside of the elbow. It's about 2" and can be easily re-sewn. Their are a few other small pieces of the Battenburg lace that may need to be re-tacked down.
Lastly, while this dress is old, it is timeless in it's design and style. I could most certainly see somebody wearing this dress today.
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