How excited was I to find this beautiful 1860s Civil War era gown! Very excited because this is a historical period that fascinates me. What's even more amazing was finding the antique photo of a woman wearing the dress, which is included in the sale. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find antique clothing, especially pieces that are in good condition.It's also amazing that this dress wasn't taken apart when the styles changed and remade into a new style. Silk taffeta was an expensive fabric and was rarely "wasted". When styles changed or the dress could no longer be worn, many were deconstructed and the fabric from the skirt was reused in an updated style. After that, it was more common for the bodice to be separate from the skirt. It has all the elements of classic dresses from this period, including gorgeous pagoda sleeves accented with brown velvet and satin striped ribbon. The bodice has two darts at each bust point which are reinforced with boning. It closes with hooks and eyes in the front of the bodice. The skirt has a pocket near the center front, which I've shown in one of the pictures.
The skirt has box and knife pleats rather than gathers. The skirt is very full and round--no train--and would have been worn over hoops and petticoats. I have displayed it over full petticoats--as it would have been worn--but they are not included in the sale. Narrow piping accents the waist. The bodice is lined with a heavy cotton and the skirt is lined with a waxed cotton chintz?The dress is in good condition for its age and fabric type, but there are some tears here and there near the bottom of the skirt. The underarms suffered the typical deterioration from perspiration and appear to have period mends.
A great addition to your antique clothing collection. Please look at my other listings for additional vintage and antique clothing, original Woodstock tickets, doll furniture from the 1920s and more. I regularly list new, old goodies. The item "Antique Vintage CIVIL WAR 1860s Plaid Silk Taffeta Gown Dress Pagoda Sleeves" is in sale since Monday, January 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Dresses".
The seller is "jewelryhrslvr" and is located in Sherman, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guadeloupe, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.