This lovely two-piece (plus belt) crinoline gown was made in 1870 for Mary R. McCord, according to an inscription inside the bodice. It is of brilliant emerald green silk with handmade black lace edging on the bodice, cuffs and on the tails of the bow at the back. The belt has an integral bow with the two long wide ribbon and lace tails. The skirt is slightly trained in the back and lined with polished cotton. There is a small watch pocket tucked into the waistline. The fabric may have originally been of two tones as the central skirt panel is a different shade to the rest and on the back of the bodice there are areas of linear change from one colour to another. There are some significant brownish stains on the skirt (see images) and a slight stain at the front of the belt. The bodice is in good condition for age with some mild underarm staining – a small section of lace needs re-attaching. As to be expected, there is some wear to the back hemline of the skirt. The variation in colour and the stains could possibly be corrected by an attempt at dyeing the gown but this would have some inherent risks. Despite this, this is a spectacular gown which would be of use for study, display or possibly wear. Please note that the jewelry featured in one image is not included. Bust 31", Waist 23", Shoulders across the back 12", Bodice length 17", Skirt length 42"/52", Sweep 172". 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. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 77.
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