Amazing 3pc antique 1900s printed cotton Edwardian walking dress set! This rare set has been consigned to me and I was fortunate enough to get some background information. This set was either handmade by my consignor's maternal great grandmother, Minna Martha Germann Poole or her great great grandmother, Anna Barbara Ramseier Germann who was Minna's mother. Anna and her husband immigrated from Bern, Switzerland in 1879, because their families didn't approve of their marriage. They became farmers and Minna was born in 1881 in Manhattan, Kansas. This set would have been worn in the 1900s by either Anna or Minna. It's such a fresh style with the tunic blouse, which would make a lovely dress in it's own right today.
This Edwardian dress set consists of a slightly trained floor length skirt, asymmetrical tunic blouse and pouched Gibson Girl pigeon breast bodice. The print is absolutely amazing featuring a unique geometrical bohemian paisley design in light blue and pale mint on a pale yellow background. The cotton paisley trim pops with it's ornamental designs and dainty floral edging. The floor length skirts slightly elongated sides and a subtle elongated backside. Below the last hook/eye closure down the back center waist are two tuck pleats that creates lovely gathers with a stitched triangle seamed back hem. The skirt has two hook/eye closures at waistband and two below. The tunic blouse is my favorite piece as the paisley print portion is more prominent and I adore the styling. She has a square cut neckline with prominent vertical tuck pleats extending down each shoulder. The paisley portion frames the tunic so well. Her nipped waistline leads way to a flowing asymmetrical tunic skirt that dips down each side. The tunic blouse closes down the entire center back with mother of pearl buttons. Lastly, is the cotton and lace pigeon breast blouse. The blouse has a high lace neckline with metal collar stays to keep the shape. Starchier white cotton makes up the bulk of the blouse, however, the sleeves do feature the same cotton print as the skirt and tunic. A pouched blouson effect with a nipped waistline and flared peplum hem. The blouse closes up the center back with hook and eyes. As you can see in the 2nd to last picture, there is a missing hook/eye at nape - I can easily add a modern hook/eye if you'd like or leave as-is if you prefer to add an authentic antique closure. I do not see any evidence of hook/eyes up back collar and keeping it open will accommodate differing neck sizes.
Truly a remarkable set for the collector and/or wearer with historical provenance. She has a lot of life left in her and can definitely be worn.
Label: None / Handmade by either Anna Barbara Ramseier Germann or Minna Martha Germann Poole
Content: Printed cotton, cotton, lace
Best Fit: XS
*Waist: 23 1/2"
Front Length: 37"
Back Length: 39 1/2"
*If you use only the outer hook/eye at waistband you can make the waist accommodate 24 1/2"
Waist: 23 1/2" can pull to 24" max
Hip with all back buttons are closed: 42"
Center Front Length: 38"
Center Back Length: 41 3/4"
Front Side Length:47 1/4"
Blouson Bodice Measurements
Length: 20" (front hem) and 18" (back hem)
Shoulder Width: 13 3/4"
Sleeve Length: 21 1/4"
For reference, model is a 31.5" bust and 25" waist. I could not button a couple buttons at waist on the backside of tunic. It looks great though with not all the buttons closed as well.
Set Condition: Good to Very Good Condition / Near Excellent Structurally / Freshly Cleaned / Ready to Wear! Print has some lightening to the colors here and there. Please see each statement below.
Skirt: 1 small tear and light yellow discoloration area.
Tunic: Fade to print on front. Faint light yellow discoloration area on back & a couple minor specks. 1 teensy hole to underside of back right sleeve.
Blouse: Yellowing to lace. Light underarm discoloration. Backside has a faint water ring? partially outlining some light soil / yellowing to mid back. Missing hook/eye (can replace with modern).
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