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Antique French Fashion Doll Gown Large Size c1870s
Gorgeous French Fashion doll gown in an extremely hard to find size. This should fit a doll about 24 to 25 inches tall, but please check measurements to be sure as dolls vary so much in proportions.
Deep red wine color gown made of very fine wool, with velvet front panel, and having linen, lace, and silk trims.
Bodice has wide neckline opening to show off a beautiful shoulder plate. The bodice ends in a "V" at center front waist and buttons closed with 7 tiny embossed metal shank buttons and beautifully hand-stitched buttonholes. The sides and back of the bodice flow to full length, ending in a pleated edged silk train in back. As shown, the back silk panel stretches fully from shoulder to hem, while the silk pleated ruffle continues onto the side and back woolen gores. The neckline and sleeves are trimmed in matching linen banding and ornate ruffled lace peeks out from sleeve cuffs and neckline. The garment is fully lined in polished linen. Beautifully hand made with both machine and hand stitching. All finishing is in tiny hand stitches.
See last photo of interior view and to see how the garment was constructed. As shown, it was made to appear as two separate pieces, however all is attached for a one-piece garment.
Measurements: Shoulders between sleeve seams 7-1/2 inches across; waist 16 inches; length from shoulder to hem in front 20 inches; length from back neck edge to hem in back 25-1/4 inches (not including lace edge at neckline). Sleeves are 5-3/8 inches long plus another one inch for the lace edging. Sleeve opening at cuff is 3-3/4 inches around.
Condition is excellent. There are a few very tiny moth holes in the wool that do not detract. The velvet front skirt panel has wear to the nap, and there are very minor issues with the silk in the back panel. All condition issues show in the photos. Enlarge the view to see everything clearly.
I have displayed this gown on a body that is listed separately as item #DP-PR13. It is a 20 inch tall doll body.
Excellent early fashion gown in a harder to find larger size. Excellent condition for such an early, beautifully made and fully lined fashion gown.
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