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Victorian & Edwardian Fashion
In this department, we bring you the wide range of fashions from the 1830s to 1919.
From hoops skirts, through bustles to leg-o-mutton sleeves,the pigeon breast bodice, and
the slim lines of the Edwardian lingerie dresses and the softer dresses of World War I.

Civil War Era Antique 1860s Black Chantilly Lace Jacket
Order #B410
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Civil War Era Antique 1860s Black Chantilly Lace Jacket

This delicate black Chantilly lace jacket from the 1860s Civil War era is meant to be worn open over a contrasting light colored bodice and skirt. There are no fastenings or lining. The desire was to highlight the pattern of the lace. This has a dropped shoulder line, flared cut and wide sleeves that taper to the wrist. The border pattern is quite lovely with sprays of flowers and wreaths.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 40", Dropped Shoulders: 16" (Actual shoulders closer to 14"), Sleeves: 21", CB Neck to Hem: 28", Hem Sweep: 52".

Condition: There several discreet mends. There are also several small breaks as shown, and we feel these are less conspicuous left as is rather than being mended. Please see photos and close-ups.

Price: $195
 Vintage 1910s Black Tape Lace Jacket
Order #O467
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Vintage 1910s Black Tape Lace Jacket SZ S

This beautiful Edwardian era jacket is entirely constructed in black soutache braid or tape with a slightly fitted waist and wide sleeves. The front is finished with black and white trim, while the hems have almost a fringe effect. The front closes with hooks and eyes and has a narrow silk facing underneath.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 35", Waist: 30", Hips: 47", Shoulders: 17", Sleeves: 17", CB Neck to Waist: 15", to Hem: 27".

Condition: The original lining has shattered. We can include it for reference is you wish.

Price: $210
 Vintage 1910s White Organdy Dress with Lattice Work
Order #D2695
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Vintage 1910s White Organdy Dress with Lattice Work SZ M

This sweet sheer organdy summer dress is c. 1915 - 1920. The dress is simple with a short sleeve bodice, slightly dropped waist and gathered skirt. The front yoke has a lattice work made of the same organdy strips. The skirt has side panels with coordinating lattice at the hems. The sleeves have deep cuffs. There is no closure except a few snaps at the neckline yoke. This drops over the head.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 38", Dropped Waist: 32", Hips: Free, Shoulders: 15", CB Neck to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 30", Hem Sweep: 53".

Condition: Clean and washed, no holes.

Price: $110
1860s Civil War Ear Antique Purple Silk Victorian Bodice
Order #B409
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1860s Civil War Ear Antique Purple Silk Victorian Bodice SZ XS

This intense purple silk American Civil War Era bodice is quite lovely. The trims at the neck, epaulets, waist and cuffs are black lace and matching purple silk satin ribbon binding. The silk fabric is ribbed, and the satin makes a good textural contrast. The bodice is boned and has the drop shoulders and princess line back of the era. The front closes with buttons. The top and bottom buttons are original while the rest are pearlized blown glass from the period.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34", Waist:20", Shoulders: approx. 14.5", Sleeves: approx. 20.5", CB Neck to Waist: 13", to Hem: 20".

Condition: 3 ring type moisture spots on the right front. Some wear and fraying to the ribbon at the edges. Replaced buttons as noted. No holes.

Price: $85
 1900s Victorian Whitework Cotton Bonnet
Order #H953
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1900s Victorian Whitework Cotton Bonnet Sz S

This is most likely a child's bonnet as it seems a bit large for a baby (that's a size 21 head it's shown on), but too small for an adult head. The white embroidery is lovely and graces the band, the scalloped front pieces, the bavolet and the back of the gathered crown. The ties are plain cotton and are quite long.

Size: band from ear to ear: 15.5", Nape to Back of Neck: 12", Neckline: 10".

Label: None

Condition: washed. Still has marks as shown. Several small hand sewn mends along the edge of the scallops. Some soil marks on the ties where it was near the neck and face.

Price: $15
Vintage Victorian 1860s Autumnal Plaid Silk Dress SZ S

I am thinking this is a mid-1860s bodice with the skirt altered in the late 1860s. It's a lovely gold, brown and red plaid silk taffeta with lace cuffs and brown fabric covered buttons. The bodice buttons center front with a stand collar, has dropped shoulders, full length sleeves and a slit peplum back. The skirt is two layers. The underskirt is a plain cotton with a pieced silk border and a ruffle at the hem. This has suspender straps that could be pinned in place. The overskirt has a flat front with gathered back, cotton waist band to match the underskirt, and a brown bow on own side. There is a pocket in this skirt as well. The overskirt is almost full length with a ruffle edge as well. I think this has been altered due to needle marks in odd places. The bodice is not boned.

Labels: none

Size: Bodice: Bust: 36", Waist: 27", Shoulders: approx. 15.5", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Waist: 16", to Hem 23".
Skirt: Underskirt: Waist: 28", Waist to Hem: 42" Front, Back: 43", Hem Sweep: 96".
Overskirt: Waist: 27.5", Waist to Hem Front: 36", Back 41.5"

Condition: The bodice and underskirt are good. No stains, minor wear at most. The over skirt has had a lot of wear. There are mends and reinforcements with silk organza behind the splits, as well as some dye spotting and scattered small breaks in the warp. Because of wear, the overskirt has been raised slightly with the waistband hand sewn on. Please see close-up

Victorian 1900s Black Silk Gown with Beading by Anna Dunleavy SZ XS-S

You may not know much about Anna Dunleavy, but she was a fine dressmaker with quite the clientele in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Museum of Art has featured her work in several of their publications, especially in A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati's Golden Age, 1877-1922. If you give her a search, you will see wonderful things. This c. 1900- 01 formal gown is black plisse silk over a stiff black silk taffeta. The boned bodice has a yoke, plastron and cuffs of a sheer printed silk in beige, rose and gold over silk stain. The yoke line and sleeves are trimmed with a sequined and beaded net, with dangling paillettes. The skirt has a deep flounce with ribbon trim, while the lining has a pleated silk ruffle. The bodice has an attached satin sash.

Label: Dunlevy Cincinnati

Size: Bodice: Bust: 34", Waist: 26", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 22", CB Neck to Waist:15".
Skirt: Waist: 23", can be let out to 25" by moving hook, Hips: full", Waist to Hem: Front: 41", Back 46", Hem Sweep: full.

Condition: There are just a few dangles missing at the cuffs. The satin collar lining and base under the print yoke is frail. We have backed the weakest areas with silk organza. In order to be worn, the entire collar needs backing with organza. The exterior is lovely with no holes or stains.

Price: $310 NOW $215