This is an unbelievable piece for someone who is as enthusiastic about these miniature costume pieces as I am! A gem from my private collection, this extraordinary half slip with that amazing hand embroidered hem, has an exquisite five pannel construction. While most bustle slips were constructed in one or three pieces, this amazing slip has FIVE panels to the skirt, which give it an unparalleled amount of room for a bustle or other skirts underneath to give more volume. Gathered at the waist, crafted out of a finely structured cotton, this slip is an immaculate find. I know that my fashion doll collecting friends out there will jump at the chance to own this rare slip in a rare size. It would be perfect for a later Huret or early Jumeau fashion doll, just before the transition to the full lady doll, as this is a late Enfantine slip, I do believe. The size of the waist in comparison to the length is enfantine style and it is very similar to the undergarments shown in Danielle & Francois Theimier's Huret Book. That said, I think it fair that this slip would be apropriate on other, later fashion dolls, as they often wore undergarments for decades- but I think we can confidently date it to 1865-72, just at the beginning of the Bustle Era. One lucky doll will get this exquisite piece, and I know she will just be smitten with it! I have included two images of great import to the study of such a piece as an enfantine article, above.
Length: 8.5" (front) 10.25" back. Waist: 7"
Condition: Excellent. Truly in remarkable shape for its age, there are only the most minor marks of age and wear overall (including one very faint age spot that is almost imperceptible down the front.) A tiny speck at the waistband, otherwise quite perfect. This is an ideal piece for someone who loves items that NO ONE ELSE will have in the trousseau of their enfantine.