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Back on the market due to non-paying buyer...

Oh, my! Where do I begin with this beauty...I apologize for the length, but there is quite a lot to tell you about this lovely bodice.

I estimate this to be from between 1900-1915, though it could definitely be older. It is made of a variety of laces, silk trim, and silk hand embroidery. The high-necked fitted collar has a passament of embroidered silk at the top and there is boning sewn into the back for support. An insert of embroidered net lace with a simple floral design graces the middle of the bodice, flanked on each side by more of the matching hand embroidered silk trim, which runs continuously from halfway up the back of the garment to the bottom of the front on either side. Two silk covered embroidered buttons decorate the front, connected by a silk band of fabric. Under the fabric are vertical rows of sheer ruffled fabric.

The sides and "body" of this bodice are comprised of what looks like an assortment of bobbin laces and/or tape laces with some really interesting circular designs. There is a large insert on each side that looks like an old type Valenciennes, perhaps. These are all joined by picot brides of tiny delicate little threads and also by thicker filet type knotted net brides.

The back side also has some beautiful details, such as the tight net ruffle adorning the right side all along the length of the back, on the right along the metal hook and loop closures. There are more of the sheer ruffles at the bottom also. The sides of the back are pretty much the same as the front.

The overall style of this bodice is made to be blousey, with a cinched waist, and a bit a a batwing sleeve design.

This piece is not pristine! Here are the major issues:

1. The innermost liner has begun to completely shatter and crumble away from the inside. The good news is that it looks like it is just attached with basting stitches and could be pretty easily removed.

2. There is extensive tearing from the underside of the sleeve down to the waist band, mostly resulting from torn brides no longer connecting the bobbin lace medallions.

3. A few of the metal closure hooks and loops in the back are loosely attached. The silk that was covering them is shattering away.

4. There are a few other areas here and there that need restitching if you intend to repair this bodice.

5. There are only a few tiny spots from age/storage, but they are hardly noticeable.

All of the other lace seems to be sturdy and usable, as well as all of the ruffled net decoration and especially the lustrous silk embroidered trim. This bodice is probably not wearable in its present state. I am not sure what kind of effort on the part of the skilled hand of a seamstress it would take for this garment to be resurrected , but I do know that it is made up of some beautiful pieces and parts that are still very much alive and vibrant and lovely and precious.

Please convo for additional info or photos. Thanks for looking!

International buyers please convo for a shipping quote.

Intricately Detailed Antique Handmade Mixed Lace Bodice with Hand Embroidered Silk Trim


  • Materials: metal hooks and loops, passamenteries, net ruffle, net lace, silk embroidery floss, thread, linen, cotton, antique bobbin lace, embroidered lace, mixed lace, brides, lace medallions
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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  • Favorited by: 12 people