This is an attractive gown constructed from silk with a background of grey, cream and black pattern with full upper sleeves and an incorporated central panel in the front of cream net. There are bands of black velvet at the front and wrist level and on the skirt. The neckline is decorated with an edging of black lace and the bodice is further decorated with long triangles of jet beading. The bodice is fully lined and boned in its lower one third and closes with two rows of hooks and eyes. The separate skirt has the addition of long black medallions ending in tassels. The hemline has been reinforced on the inside with a border of braid. The overall effect is quite pleasing. The condition is good for age although there is some slight staining of the net and some loss and splits at the front of the bodice – these are not apparent when it is closed. On the skirt and bodice there are some scattered stains and the occasional areas of tiny to slightly larger fabric loss. This is a charming, nicely decorated gown of the Victorian era and displays attractively. Skirt waist measures 25 ins (64cm), length 43.5 ins (115cm). Bodice underarm to underarm measures 15.5ins (39.3cm). This item appears in my book “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 153.
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