This original pair of full false sleeves was worn under Polonaise style gowns; think Scarlett O'Hara.
False sleeves/ under sleeves had been worn since the early 18th century in varying forms back then as lace cuffs to adorn the elbow length dress sleeves. In the Regency period they were again fashionable. Of course it was far easier to untie an attached false sleeve for laundering rather than washing the complete dress!! False sleeves were made from the finest muslin, cambric or lace. They could very often be embroidered or have cutwork/ whitework decoration or indeed as the century wore on they became fuller and less decorated.
Our undersleeves are made of the very finest muslin which gives the ethereal quality that we all know and love. They have a 6/8" double band at the cuff with picot knot embroidered detailing. A 1.5" cuff flounce with THE neatest, invisible stitching and teeny white buttons with thread loop. Please be aware that these false sleeves are all original 19th century examples and therefore the 3" flat cuff is SMALL. Females on the whole were of smaller proportions during the last century.
Measuring 13.75" long, 11.5" at their top/widest, wrist width a small 3" ( as mentioned lady's proportions were much smaller back then).
Condition - These are all original, 160 year old examples...and although in very good condition please do not expect perfection. There is a 0.25" hole to one side. The color is good and bright white, remarkably free from rust stains/foxing. We feel sure that you will be thrilled with them.
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