For your favorite french fashion lady, this beautiful mourning jacket is sure to please. I love the quality of the thick moire silk fabric out of which it is constructed. With those stunning lines, expert tailoring to the back which accommodates a small bustle, this is an exquisite find for the period specific collector. The overall presentation of this piece is delightful, especially with the black velvet hem, trim and lace. This particular hue of purple would have been worn in early half mourning, eighteen months after the death of a loved one; as mourning was a very common practice in the Victorian era, a piece such as this would have been very appropriate for a young lady in mourning to make for her doll or her younger sister's doll. I suspect that the cream lace was a later addition as this color was not worn until the end of mourning, but it might have been added by the original owner of the piece once she was no longer in mourning to lighten the dress. The history of this garment is just incredible. My daughter's antique clothing business recently had the pleasure of selling a human size version of a very similar piece from the late 1860's that I have shown a photo of above for reference; it was a bed jacket made of a very similar gross grain violet silk with black velvet trim.
Front length (without collar lace): 9" Back length (no collar lace): 11.25" Shoulder to shoulder: 3" Cuff circumference: 3.75"
Condition: Excellent. I have seen far too many of these beautiful silk pieces in threaded shreds, but this beauty has narrowly escaped destruction and is in excellent overall condition. There is some minor wear to stress pints of the silk (sleeves) but overall, you will not find a 150 year old piece of silk in finer condition, I can assure you! One of a kind and absolutely singular, this mourning jacket will make one lucky French Fashion lady very, very happy.
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