This is a silk taffeta wrapper that would have been worn around the house (like the common house robe of our time). The wrapper fastens up the front with buttons, lined with camel colored cotton, and no darts or stays/boning noted. the seams are hand sewn and only finished with an overcast stitch at the shoulder and armsye. Piping is noted at the armsye, neckline, and waist. The sleeves are lined bell sleeves with a self fabric scalloped flounce sewn to the bottom edge of the sleeve with a 1/4" black velvet ribbon sewn to the top of the top flounce. The top is sewn to the skirt with a front opening and right front pocket. The skirt is gaged into the waistline. the skirt is completely lined with a brown wool. There is a hole noted in the lining. The hem is turned up 2.5" and hand sewn with a running stitch to the wool lining. No hem facing or protector is noted. The waist measures 36", skirt length is 33.5". circumference of the skirt is 116"
Upon examination, found a horizontal tear in the silk in the back about 7.5" long. could be mended. A 6.5" mended verticle area on the left breast area. And a 1' verticle tear on the right breast by the black velvet band. The wool lining has a couple small pea size holes. This was a well worn wrapper and there are arm pit stains visible. Overall, very good condition for it's age - over 150 years old
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