This beautiful silk bodice is fully lined and in near perfect condition. It features the high collar and puffed sleeves fashionable in the later part of the nineteenth century as well as piping detail and a peplum back. There is a little grosgrain watch pocket sewn on at the waist. The front closure is in two layers – one for the lining and the other for the actual bodice. There are 13 hooks and 11 eyes – the missing two could be replaced. The neck closure has two button holes which would have been closed by two small buttons attached with a cord or chain or a very wide brooch. This would look fantastic over a full black skirt. There is underarm staining to the lining which is barely visible on the outside, otherwise in excellent condition for age. Please note that the skirt and the jewellery seen in some images are not included. Bust 32", Waist 23", Sleeve 25", Shoulder 11" This item can be seen in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 87, 119 and 121.
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