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TINY BRIMMED HAT, 1860-1880

TINY BRIMMED HAT, 1860-1880

Striped silk/velvet two-piece bustle dress, 1870s. The stately silhouette is enhanced by the strong chiaroscuro effect of the striped fabric of bronze/gold corded silk and black velvet. The skirt hem, pleated ruffles, cuffs, and bustle back trim are of matching black and gold satin. The ensemble is meticulously constructed and finely finished on the inside with bound seams. The gown makes such a strong presentation that it could be the focal point of any costume display.

Striped silk/velvet two-piece bustle dress, 1870s. The stately silhouette is enhanced by the strong chiaroscuro effect of the striped fabric of bronze/gold corded silk and black velvet. The skirt hem, pleated ruffles, cuffs, and bustle back trim are of matching black and gold satin. The ensemble is meticulously constructed and finely finished on the inside with bound seams. The gown makes such a strong presentation that it could be the focal point of any costume display.

circa 1872 boating or seaside dress

circa 1872 boating or seaside dress

Dress, Draffen & Jarvie, Dundee, Scotland, ca. turn of the 20th century. Bottle green bustle-back, trained skirt and walking pleats in front. Bodice, with a print lining, ornately decorated with lace net inserts to sleeves & bodice front, further decorated with black cord work & beading. Theodore Bruce Auctions

Dress, Draffen & Jarvie, Dundee, Scotland, ca. turn of the 20th century. Bottle green bustle-back, trained skirt and walking pleats in front. Bodice, with a print lining, ornately decorated with lace net inserts to sleeves & bodice front, further decorated with black cord work & beading. Theodore Bruce Auctions

Day dress, ca. 1885-90. Blue silk with woven stripes of red, blue, and light blue, blue cord, and glass beads. Boned bodice lined in beige cotton, asymmetrically-draped skirt in brown cotton. Hem reinforced with black linen. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Day dress, ca. 1885-90. Blue silk with woven stripes of red, blue, and light blue, blue cord, and glass beads. Boned bodice lined in beige cotton, asymmetrically-draped skirt in brown cotton. Hem reinforced with black linen. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Pink bustle walking dress

Pink bustle walking dress

Photograph of ladies at tea, 1880s, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society ”

Photograph of ladies at tea, 1880s, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society ”