Early wool doll dress, circa 1860s, for a doll about 19 inches tall and shown on our Early Greiner Hairstyle China which is listed separately. This listing is for the dress ONLY. It fits this doll like a glove and she is the perfect model for it. This is from the collection of a very well known doll collector and author of doll research books and articles. The previous owner's identity will be released to the confirmed buyer after the sale for historical provenance of the dress.
The dress is beautifully made from a pale green wool challis with red and blue dots and brown and cream rectangles. A lovely geometric print with dropped shoulders and fitted bodice with piped accents at waist, neckline and sleeve heads. The sleeves are double seamed and curved. The skirt has inverted front and back pleats which give a beautiful yet refined fullness to the skirt. There is a bias ruffle at the hem and sleeve cuffs. The dress buttons down the back with white glass shank buttons with brass bases; the button at the waist is slightly different than the others. The bodice is lined.
Condition: Very good with some fabric wear as shown in the close ups. Of particular note is that there is evidence of a green wool braid that was used to outline a faux yoke. It was also repeated at the waist band and sleeves, but is mostly gone. Just remnants remain. I have left the stitching that held it, but this could easily be removed or even replaced with another trim if one desired.
Measurements: Length from center front neck edge to hem of skirt is 14-3/4 inches. Across the dropped shoulders between the piping is 5-3/4 inches (note that the doll modeling the dress has a 5-1/2 inch shoulder plate). Sleeves are 5 inches long on the outside and 4 inches on the inside seams. Waist is 8-1/2 inches around.
Lovely very early wool doll dress from a well known author of doll books. I have other dresses from this collection to be listed.
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