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The lining is original and has a few minor spots here and there... The label is off on one side, so will need a stitch or two. It's a lovely soft gray silk with gray silk chiffon overlay. There are a few scattered small marks (see photo), one tiny hole in one sleeve and the loop for the top button needs addressing (and I don't mean "Hello buttonhole"). ) and beautifully embroidered in same off-white color (see the pretty floral baskets and garlands). Bad news: There is a cut at the bottom of the hem in the front. The wired neck needs to be reshaped, there is a spot at the back hemline (see photos), the tiers are a bit askew, might want a few more snaps, there are small holes in the netting of the underdress AND, of course, you will need a slip. Measures: up to 33" bust, up to 27" waist, up to 34" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem. the woman who wore THIS dress must have attracted attention! LOVE the draping at the one side with the rope ornament!
See the close-ups of the beading at the neckline in front and around to the back. This wonderful 2-piece afternoon gown is in remarkably fabulous condition!!! But DAMN the two painted buttons are fabulous and the large covered buttons in the original faille and the silk trim are great (two of those on each cuff). hard to measure but I got about 46" around, 34" long from shoulder to hem in front, 46" long in back. I used to buy lovely bodices like this and hung them on a padded hanger and then used a simple push pin and hung them all over my walls in my bedroom!!! Trimmed in ecru silk satin with bows and pleating on sleeves. LOVE the detailed ornament at the mid bust and the asymmetrical bustline. as much as I pride myself in selling items only in Excellent condition, every once in awhile, I get something that needs a good home to love it, even though it's seen better days.
Gown measures up to 34" bust (small cup size), up to 35" hips, 45" - 68" long from shoulders to hems, 70" long sash. First things first, the white ermine fur on this coat needs to be replaced. Measures: 33" bust, 24" waist, though will probably fit a 31" bust better as it's a small back. The only issue is that there is one small section at the side that was repaired (old repair) with a piece of material taken from the extra material turned over inside the waistline.
The condition is great with a few minor spots here and there (see photos) and just a bit of wear at the mid sash (see photos). It's very dry and no longer viable, but I'm leaving it on the coat so your furrier can use as a pattern. Again, I used to buy lovely bodices like this and hung them on a padded hanger and then used a simple push pin and hung them all over my walls in my bedroom!!! So the dress used to be longer, and likely had a bit of a train. I get a lot of people asking for gowns that perhaps aren't in perfect condition as it keeps the price affordable...
Comes with the original tie belt to tie with bow at back. Also, if you haven't seen 1930s silk velvet, you will be amazed at the sheen you will get from the light hitting it... Wear with or without the attached original sash belt (only held on by a few stitches). It's just so perfect, you have to wonder, but if so, it's perfectly done with the right fabric. Measures: up to 48" bust (so wrap as you wish), 46" long from shoulder to hem. It's as nearly perfect as any gown can be at 110 years old! The bodice yoke and mid-sleeves are completely lace.
Great shape of skirt which flairs out with vertical lace at the thigh to the bottom. And the best news is it is in EXCELLENT condition and in a VERY WEARABLE SIZE! hen I first started collecting antique and vintage clothing, I started with white Edwardian gowns. Boat neckline, 1/2 sleeves, horizontal bands of open cutwork and embroidery, tiny lace at waist (though I would cover with colored sash - because I just love that look), fitted through upper leg and then gathered to lower skirt with the same cutwork, embroidery, lace and horizontal pleating. Measures: up to 34" bust, up to 24" waist, 54" long from shoulder to hem Great for a display piece in your room (yes, I used to just hang these pieces on a padded hanger, and then use a simple push pin in my walls to display! This piece has fairly thin cotton fabric, so you can wear as it's currently in Excellent condition, but wear with care. Also has a lovely long satin "sash" hanging at the side with black passementerie. It's the softest velvet I have ever felt (and I've touched a LOT of antique and vintage velvets! Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 37" hips, 52" long from shoulder to hem. You will need just a bit of sewing under the Chantilly lace (see photos)... The exterior 2 layers of Chantilly Lace is in great condition!! ;) At first glance, you will believe this to be a black velvet coat embroidered with gold lame, but at closer inspection, you will see that this is actually a 1920's gold painted velvet coat! The coat came without the black fox fur collar, but I'm selling it with the coat as it's crying out for that option to wear it either way!!!! There is no closure on the front, but you could certainly simply add a button and a loop at the waist and one at top. John Wanamaker's was one of the earliest department stores. Now I'm not a lace expert, but this lace looks like handmade Duchesse to my untrained eye.
If so, you will be happy to add this jacket to that skirt and create a lovely walking suit. What has happened is that the sheer "straps" that were holding up the inner red silk are gone. But the red silk lining is in great condition, so it just needs to be held up. Once the lining is fixed, the dress becomes more of a blouson shape. These laces continue into the bodice, with a side gold lame lace around the bustline. The interior bodice is nearly perfect with French seaming and tiny little bows.
It's one of those pieces I've had in my personal closet for years!! The original attached belt is still there of a matching ruby velvet ribbon and gold lame. The dress is covered with tiny red beads and larger red beads. High neck, long sleeves with rhinestone trim at cuffs and around "v" neckline. There is a tape inside the back of the skirt which gives the train the right shape.
I will be looking over the piece in more detail in the next couple days to make sure it's as great as I think! It's a surprisingly large size with a 40" bust, 32" waist and 14" across back between armseams (usually that's 11-12" for antique gowns), 39" long skirt at front, 48" long skirt in back. HOWEVER, when you look more closely, you will discover that it's a fully embroidered paisley design. This one is a riding habit with the skirt that can be worn down as a skirt, or hiked up (as you see) with the silvertone skirt lifter (that came with it). There is one button missing as well (so I would move the top button down and wear a large pin (cameo) at the top buttonhole.... There is a handwritten tag inside that reads "Lepper Gardner".
The mantle is trimmed in long multicolored silk chenille fringe. If you google that, there was a well-known artist and mapmaker in Maine with that name, so perhaps it came from her estate? The BOOTS will be sold SEPARATELY as they are quite special, would have been quite expensive when new and are certainly collectable.
Measures: up to 32/33" bust, up to 24" waist, up to 34" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem. Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 45" hips, 32" long from shoulder to hem... However, I'm 5'2" and the sleeves are too long for me, so I'd suggest a taller gal is better... I moved on to silk and crepe Edwardian gown and I still have a closet full of my "first babies". So I assume there are other young girls or young women out there who want to get started as I did. This dress needs to go to a good home who will baby it, and give her a facelift! Measures: about 32/33" bust, about 25/26" waist, 56" long from shoulder to hem, 66" long in back (train). I only found one tiny professional repair of black lace in skirt. I would probably wear with a rhinestone buckle belt... The only real issue at all with the dress is one small loss of velvet at the hemline (see photo)... You could hem it up but it's already fairly short, so... you will probably just want to snuggle with this velvet... This blouse if from the mid-1910's, usually worn with a simple skirt or suit. there are tiny age spots here and there and a few minor tiny holes (see photo) near shoulder and upper one sleeve. I have a few large closeup photos of the lace for you to tell me!