Amazing antique late 1870s Victorian natural form princess dress believed to be circa 1878 in olivine green silk, brown and chestnut velvets and blue silk ribbon! Designed with extremely flattering long vertical princess seams that extend down from the shoulders. She's styled with an eye-catching cutout velvet design and beautiful sleeves featuring a triple tiered cuff with a fringed center tier and gorgeous two-tone fringed blue silk ribbon bows. The front bodice closes with mother of pearl shank buttons. A larger silk ribbon bow embellishes the front skirt which is also triple tiered featuring sharp pleats at the hems of the top and bottom tiers. The back skirt has lightly gathered sides with a large center sash panel with two brown velvet bows accenting the top and bottom. Below this the skirt fans out into a fringed and pleated rounded train.
The gown is fully lined with glazed cotton and has three tie backs on each interior back side of the skirt which would be tied together to pull the front skirt closer to the body which then adds more volume to the back. Per the professionals at the Vintage Fashion Guild, this formal reception dress would have been worn with a lobster-tail like lower cage bustle.
Best Fit: XS
Hip: Free (tie backs to make more fitted to legs"
Front Length: Approx. 58"
Back Length: Approx. 77"
Shoulder Width: 13"
Condition: Good / Wear with Care / Presents Beautifully
Perspiration rings at underarms. 2 fusible patches & 1 small darn to velvet bodice at/near closures. Some less notable areas of stress on velvet near closures. Previous hand stitches at inner left side seam where velvet meets green silk about 4" in length need to be reinforced. The skirt did have an interior organdy type pleated lace hem, however, it was ripped badly so I have removed the remnants. Glazed cotton lining in quite extraordinary condition with exception to one long tear to sleeve.
Messy re-tacking to portions of the back bows of train - not noticeable when wearing but I wanted to mention this.
6 MOP shank buttons are replacements and are a tad bigger than the originals measuring approx. 1" whereas originals measure .86".
Please email with any questions or for more images. For almost 150 years old she's in quite amazing condition!
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