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This pair of false sleeves, or engageantes, are a fine example from the 1850s. I was so delighted to come across them, as there is an almost identical pair in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. These sleeves are lovely and wide, having been used with the wide sleeved fashions of the day, such as the pagoda sleeves. A lady would have tacked them to the inside lining of her bodice sleeves.

Construction:
They are made from white cotton lawn, and are beautifully hand sewn and hand embroidered with broderie anglaise (whitework embroidery.) A small pearl button does them up at the wrist, and they are not seamed.

Condition:
I was amazed at what excellent condition these sleeves are in, but there was a fair amount of work to do. I added the 2 small buttons, and there were quite a few holes both in the sleeves themselves, and in the whitework. On both sleeves I had to add small patches to the top corners, where they had been basted into the bodice sleeve and had torn. These would be hidden should you choose to wear them. On one of the sleeves there sadly remains a mark (looks like an ink stain), which is 1/8" (3mm) in length, and 1/16" (1.5mm) in width. This again is at the end which would be covered by a bodice sleeve. There were identical holes above each button, which were so large that all I could do was to make one of them part of the whitework, and the other was well darned. (They are largely hidden by the overlap of the other side of the sleeve when fastened with the button.) The last repair I completed was in the main whitework motif on one sleeve.
I will send a spare shell button along with this purchase.

Measurements:
Length~ 15" (39cm)
Width at hem~ 18 1/4" (46cm)
Circumference of Cuff~ 6" (16cm)

Please Note- 'Collector's Pieces' are those that are simply too old {before the 1850/60s} and/or too damaged for me to repair completely. Occasionally I do find pieces that are in near perfect condition, and only need buttons adding and a gentle wash. I still label these 'Collector's pieces', as they need specialist storage.

**********This item should not be washed. I will send some unbuffered tissue paper with the order, but you will need to purchase an acid free storage box of some sort.*************

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1850s Restored Antique Victorian Lawn False Sleeves with Whitework - Collector's Piece

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: mother of pearl button, fine lawn
  • Feedback: 62 reviews
  • Ships from Taunton, United Kingdom to select countries.
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