This is a beautiful and feminine Regency-era ball gown crafted from ivory silk satin. The gown has a pretty lace trim around the neckline (rather fragile) and short puff sleeves, as well as a soft ivory and blue sash with delicate foliate design. There is a most graceful short train at the back (see image). The front of the lined and boned bodice opens. There is a hook and handmade loop at the top for fastening. There are a further seven hand-stitched eyelets but their matching hooks are missing, but would be easily replaced. This gown presents beautifully for display on a small mannequin with the addition of padding for the puff sleeves and bosoms. An additional special feature is the watch pocket at the waist as well as the extra larger pocket in the side seam. The watch in the pocket could be supported by a guard chain or one of the long draped neck chains of the era. Please note that the jewelry shown in one of the images is not included with this gown. It is in very good condition - there is some staining and spotting. This is a gown for display but it could also be worn with care and with the addition of the appropriate accessories would make a fabulous outfit, perhaps even for a wedding! It would also be worn or studied by those interested in Jane Austen re-enactments. High waist measures 24 ins (61cm). Underarm to underarm 15.25 ins (35.8cm). Length at front 58.5 ins (148.5cm). 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 on page 56 of my book, "How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years".
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