This is an elegant bodice of dark brown silk with fine dots of a lighter colour, adorned with beaded braid and ruffled central edging. The fuller sleeves date it to c1895. It includes the addition of an interesting crochet watch pocket low down on the left front bodice. The neckline has the effect of a collar edged with the same beaded braid with a bow at the back and the bodice closes with two rows of hooks and eyes. The bodice is completely lined and boned. It is of interest that when worn, the top ends of some of the boning have been protected by two small wads of cotton wool. The crochet watch pocket is an interesting addition and this feature has been seen in a couple of cabinet cards of the era. At both cuffs there is a cream silk ruffle. The bodice is in very good condition for age with a small number of scattered holes that have been mended and there is a patch with some splitting of the fabric under one arm. With care, this bodice could be worn. The photograph from the book appears to include a matching skirt but this was created with poetic license! It could look equally as effective with a skirt of matching or contrasting fabric. Please note that any jewelry features in the images is not included. Underarm to underarm 19.75 ins (52cm), waist 30 ins (78cm). This item appears in my book “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 114.
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