Edwardian c. 1908-1911 white cotton batiste shirtwaist or blouse featuring decorative tucks and lace has a high collar, 10 shell buttons for closure in back, and gently puffed ¾ sleeves with turn-back cuffs. Bearing the trademarked “The Royal” logo on a label inside the bottom left placket, the blouse would have been referred to in the 1900s as a “lingerie waist” due to its fine, sheer fabric.
The front of the blouse alternates pairs of pintucks with ½” wide tucks; back has only the paired pintucks, which band the collar and cuffs as well. A front center machine lace insertion and scalloped broderie anglaise trim at collar and cuff complete the blouse’s frothy detailing. Ties in the back are meant to gather the longer front of the shirtwaist so that it blouses properly when tucked into a skirt, creating the fashionable silhouette of the day.
Label reads “The Royal, Registered Aug 10 1880, Perfect in Every Detail”. “Royal” shirtwaists were made by the Hagedorn & Merz company in their Philadelphia factory, which grew from a 19th century family firm into a national manufacturer by the time of its closing in the mid-1920s. Photo #12 shows a Royal ad from 1911.
Measurements are: Bust 38”, shoulders 14.5”, waist 36”, sleeves 17”, neck opening 13”, length shoulder to hem 20”, and length center back to hem 19”.
This lovely Edwardian blouse from a local estate is in good/very good condition, with a faint ½” tea-colored smudge on the back of the left sleeve, half way down (photo #11); and a ½” separation in the lace in front, along a tuck (photo #10).
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1900s Edwardian Cotton Batiste Shirtwaist or Blouse “The Royal” XS/S