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Victorian Handkerchief Hem Eyelet and Lace Bustle Tea Dress

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If Downton Abbey had taken place during the Belle Epoque instead of the Edwardian Era, you can bet you would have seen Lady Mary in this dress. A superb example of Victorian summer fashion and a sartorial work of art in near mint condition. Two-piece set consisting of full-length bustle dress and coordinating overskirt with variable hem. Dress features pouter pigeon bodice with high ruffled collar and tiered bracelet sleeves; ornately decorated with white embroidery, eyelets, pintucks and inset lace. Dress skirt is plain to knee, then bias cut and embroidered to match bodice from knee to hem. Detachable overskirt features the same intricate embroidery plus a variable hemline that rises from ankle length in back to knee length in front. Overskirt closes via 8 hooks and eyes in rear and attaches to dress via additional hooks and eyes at rear waistline; dress closes via 11 small buttons at back, plus 5 additional hooks and eyes at rear skirt. Unlined. fabric: featherweight linen noteworthy: dry clean only alterations: repaired lace where necessary and re-covered stays inside high collar condition: excellent with a few pinprick holes in linen measurements: •dress• collar height: 3” collar circumference: 12 ½” shoulders: 14” bust: 36” max sleeve length: 18 ½” from shoulder, 14” from underarm sleeve circumference: 16” at upper arm, 10” at cuff waist: 24” hips: 44” (to accommodate bustle) bodice length: 15” from shoulder skirt length: 40” total length: 55” sweep: 195” •overskirt• waist: 24 ½” hips: 44” length: 22” in front, 36” in back sweep: 80” label: no label present size: no size tag present; comparable to modern size extra small *please note dress is shown with bustle beneath, which is not included in sale

Details

  • Designer
    Unknown
  • In the Style Of
    Belle Epoque
  • Place of origin
    Unknown
  • Period
  • Material notes

    Linen

    Button

    Hook and eye

    Buttonhole

    Stay

    Ruffle

    Bias

    Detachable

    Placket

    Tuck

    Eyelet

    Waistband

    Embroidery

    Boned

    Lace

  • Condition
    Excellent. A few pinprick holes in linen.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked size
    none; comparable to size XS (US)
  • Seller location
    Phoenix, AZ
  • Seller reference number
    0117.15.009
  • Reference number
    LU86434008713

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