Fine and delicate silk gown with gigot sleeves, low V-necked bodice with rear closure of three buttons (two cloth covered and one mother-of-pearl which is slightly damaged) and two tape ties at the waist. The neckline is decorated with bands of lace and ribbon with cut-out embroidery and fine piping. The bodice is gathered to a high band below the bust-line which has lace top and bottom and a decorative ribbon band of cut-out work. At the sleeves the fabric of the bodice is gathered underneath two bands of ribbon. The full gigot sleeves are gathered at the top of the shoulder and narrow down to wide decorative cut-out bands at the wrist. The back of the bodice is lined and on the insides of each armhole are attached four short tapes but the sleeves do not appear to be removable - these are possibly to secure an undergarment. The basic skirt is plain and intricately gathered and there is a deep self-hem which is finely stitched. There is a split at the right side of the skirt possibly to access a typical early tie-on under-pocket that was popular in the late 18th century (not included). There are scattered small brown spots but no real underarm discolouration. See image for the largest spot which measures 0.25 inches. The condition is otherwise good apart from a few areas where seams could be repaired as there is some separation. This is a charming and romantic silk gown, fully hand-stitched, which for modesty would need to have an appropriate petticoat beneath it and it could be most effective if a contrasting colour was worn. This may be a little too fragile to wear but this would be the decision of a new owner. This would also be useful for study for those interested in Jane Austen re-enactments. Under the bust-line measures 26”, underarm to underarm 34”, full length 48.5”. Please note that this lovely item has been in storage, so once shipped it may still retain a whiff of mothballs. This should settle with airing.
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