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Victorian Daytime Cotton Wrapper with Watch Pocket, c1875
It is fairly rare for more homely styles of antique gowns to survive as they were probably worn until they literally wore out. This is an interesting wrapper with full gathering at the back of the skirt so that it would fit with the style of the bustle gowns of the 1870s. It is also of interest that the gown has a crochet watch pocket high on the bodice under the arm in a somewhat awkward position. There is a further large pocket in the right side of the skirt. The gown itself is of cotton with a fine deep cream and brown stripe with extra bands of brown fabric at the front and near the hemline. It has a detachable collar which is edged with pleated brown fabric and gathered cream fabric. There is a row of buttons down the whole length of the gown, a small number of which appear to be replacements. The bodice is lined with muslin with a paisley cloth lining to the sleeves. The skirt is not lined. Overall, this gown looks to need a clean and there are some more significant stains but otherwise it is in fairly sturdy condition for age. There is a darned split under the left arm. This is an interesting example of a more homely outfit of the era and as such would contribute to a display or after cleaning, it could possibly even be worn. Please note that the jewellery shown in one of the images is not included. Bust 36", Waist 34", Sleeves from shoulder to seam 22", Length from neck to floor at front 47", Length of back 54.5". 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 123.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Cream / Brown, Size: Bust 36", Waist 34", Sleeves from shoulder to seam 22", Length from neck to floor at front 47", Length of back 54.5"
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Genevieve Cummins, Sydney, Australia
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