This is a truly lovely example and survivor of an 18th century fichu (shown here on a age-correct gown). These were used either to provide modesty with the low-cut gowns or else to add a softening of the décolleté neckline. It has been created from the finest muslin which is has an inner edge with rows of embroidered braid and on the outer edge, a wide border of embroidered muslin which has been finely gathered. The actual piece itself has similar scattered embroidery over its entirety. The embroidery mainly consists of flowers of varying sizes, and leaves. The muslin has been darned in two areas and there are several other small holes but this does not detract from the workmanship and beauty of this rare surviving 18th century large fichu. It looks particularly beautiful when coupled with a pannier gown, such as the examples currently listed on this site (see images). Maximum width approximately 94 ins (240cm). Neckline to hemline 21.5 ins (54.5cm). 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.
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