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SOLD 1880’s Buttery Ivory Silk and Lace Ball Gown Dress with Train

SOLD 1880’s Buttery Ivory Silk and Lace Ball Gown Dress with Train

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Silk, Lace
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From Big Bear City, CA

Description

This is an absolutely wonderful all original two piece buttery silk ball gown, most probably made and worn during the 1885-1887 period. This gown would have made a very stunning appearance worn by possibly a young lady to her very first ball!

This gown is made out of a beautifully delicate buttery ivory colored tissue silk, and is adorned with a very whimsical ivory cotton net lace with polka dots, as well as ivory cording and pleated muslin trimmed with lace around the bottom edge of the train. The gown is machine and hand stitched.

The bodice is very fitted with very short cap sleeves and fastens up the front with all of the original hook and eyes (hidden from few). It is ruched and pointed at the center bottom of both the front and back. The bodice is completely lined in ivory cotton, and has its original 12 pieces of boning for support.

The skirt is flat in front with slight gathering. The back is tightly gathered and full to accommodate a bustle. The skirt is attached to a waistband and fastens in the center back with two hook and eyes. The skirt is completely lined with ivory cotton, which has tie tapes in the back to accentuate the bustle. The train is attached to the skirt at the side seams and is gathered at the very top with carriage pleating fastened to a short piece of fabric, which fastens to the skirt waistband with two hook and eyes. The train is completely lined with ivory cotton, as well as a cotton inner batting for firmness.

Condition:

I would consider the condition of this gown to be good. This gown should definitely be displayed somewhere for all to see, but should NOT be worn. It is very delicate, due to the types of fabric used and would be a shame if it were to be torn! Although the tissue silk fabric is intact and not splitting, it does have some very very small scattered holes and a few lightly soiled areas that aren’t picked up in the photos. The lace used to trim the bottom of the skirt front, as well and the neckline and sleeve edges, is very fragile and weak, with numerous wholes is the netting. For the purposes of display, I have had the lace entirely removed, backed with another layer of plain netting, and hand stitched back on the gown in its original place. The worst thing about this gown is there is disintegration to the underarms. If you zoom into my last picture, you can see the full extent of this damage. This does not show when being displayed on a mannequin, as it is under the arms. I will be including a piece of fabric which matches this gown, if you wish to have this repaired. If this were to be repaired, I would consider the condition of this gown to be excellent.

Measurements:

Bodice: Bust (bottom armhole to armhole, doubled): 33”
Waist: 22”

Skirt: Waist: 21”
Length (center front waist to hem bottom): 45”
Train Length (center back waist to hem bottom): 70”

Notes:

This gown is shown over a bustle pad, which is not included.

Please feel free to ask any questions.
This is an absolutely wonderful all original two piece buttery silk ball gown, most probably made and worn during the 1885-1887 period. This gown would have made a very stunning appearance worn by possibly a young lady to her very first ball!

This gown is made out of a beautifully delicate buttery ivory colored tissue silk, and is adorned with a very whimsical ivory cotton net lace with polka dots, as well as ivory cording and pleated muslin trimmed with lace around the bottom edge of the train. The gown is machine and hand stitched.

The bodice is very fitted with very short cap sleeves and fastens up the front with all of the original hook and eyes (hidden from few). It is ruched and pointed at the center bottom of both the front and back. The bodice is completely lined in ivory cotton, and has its original 12 pieces of boning for support.

The skirt is flat in front with slight gathering. The back is tightly gathered and full to accommodate a bustle. The skirt is attached to a waistband and fastens in the center back with two hook and eyes. The skirt is completely lined with ivory cotton, which has tie tapes in the back to accentuate the bustle. The train is attached to the skirt at the side seams and is gathered at the very top with carriage pleating fastened to a short piece of fabric, which fastens to the skirt waistband with two hook and eyes. The train is completely lined with ivory cotton, as well as a cotton inner batting for firmness.

Condition:

I would consider the condition of this gown to be good. This gown should definitely be displayed somewhere for all to see, but should NOT be worn. It is very delicate, due to the types of fabric used and would be a shame if it were to be torn! Although the tissue silk fabric is intact and not splitting, it does have some very very small scattered holes and a few lightly soiled areas that aren’t picked up in the photos. The lace used to trim the bottom of the skirt front, as well and the neckline and sleeve edges, is very fragile and weak, with numerous wholes is the netting. For the purposes of display, I have had the lace entirely removed, backed with another layer of plain netting, and hand stitched back on the gown in its original place. The worst thing about this gown is there is disintegration to the underarms. If you zoom into my last picture, you can see the full extent of this damage. This does not show when being displayed on a mannequin, as it is under the arms. I will be including a piece of fabric which matches this gown, if you wish to have this repaired. If this were to be repaired, I would consider the condition of this gown to be excellent.

Measurements:

Bodice: Bust (bottom armhole to armhole, doubled): 33”
Waist: 22”

Skirt: Waist: 21”
Length (center front waist to hem bottom): 45”
Train Length (center back waist to hem bottom): 70”

Notes:

This gown is shown over a bustle pad, which is not included.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

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