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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.

1890s Victorian Brown Faille Dress with Gigot Sleeves SZ M
Order #D2638
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1890s Victorian Brown Faille Dress with Gigot Sleeves SZ M

This cinnamon brown silk faille dress is mid 1890s, c. 1894.The dress has a double-breasted bodice with reveres, stand collar and full gigot or leg o' mutton sleeves. The skirt is cut somewhat straight in the front and full in the back with cartridge pleated fullness a t the center back. The bodice closes with hooks and snaps, with decorative cut steel buttons on top.

Label: none

Size: Bodice: Bust: 38", Shoulders: 14.75", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Hem: Waist: 16", to Hem 17".  
Skirt: Waist: 28.5", Hips: Free, Waist to Hem: 40", Hem Sweep: 96".

Condition: Very good. No holes, some light staining to on sleeves, armpit discolorations and water ringing to the hem of the skirt as shown as well as light wear. Bodice has been let out, long ago. 

Price: $145 
1900s Victorian Black Cotton Net Evening Dress SZ M
Order #MB585
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1900s Victorian Black Cotton Net Evening Dress SZ M

This wearable size offering is a c.1905 black net cotton evening gown with black silk satin underdress. The skirt, bodice and sheer bodice yoke are net and the high collar is trimmed with beads, sequins and pink and green velvet ribbon. The 3/4 length sleeves have self-fabric pleats at the cuff. The neckline is trimmed in floral sequin appliques. The gored skirt has four 1.5" tucks and a self-fabric flounce with three 1/2" tucks at the hem. 

Label: none

Size: Bodice: Bust: 36", Waist: 29", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 20.5", CB Neck to Waist: 15".
Skirt: Waist: 30", Hips: Free, Waist to Hem: Front: 41.75", Back: 46". Hem Sweep: 150".

Condition: Excellent, with no holes or stains

Price: $195 
 1910s Edwardian Tan Canvas Cycling Culottes
Order #S156
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1910s Edwardian Tan Canvas Cycling Culottes from Bellas Hess & Co. SZ S

These cycling culottes or divided skirt were worn for biking as well as other sports from the 1890s on. Founded in the late 1800s as National Cloak & Suit and renamed the Bellas Hess Company around 1910, this company was once of the biggest mail order houses in the USA and in 1966 won a Supreme Court case regarding sales tax collection by out of state vendors. 

So, with that, we know these are post 1910s. Sport clothing isn't very common as it got worn and often worn hard, as is the case with this divided skirt. I imagine the one leg got scraped by the bike chain, and that's a little oil stain son the other hem! The front panel buttons across the front to hide the legs division, while the legs in the back are somewhat hidden by an inverted box pleat at the waist. 

Label: Bellas Hess & Co. New York City, N.Y.

Size: Skirt: Waist: 24", Hips: free", Waist to Hem: front 30", back 31"", Hem Sweep of each leg: 52". 

Condition: Good, with stain and wear as shown. There is also one missing button. 

RESERVED Price: $135
1910s Teens Pink and White Cotton Day Dress
Order #MB583
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1910s Teens Pink and White Cotton Day Dress SZ S/M

This c. 1917 - 1919 pink and white cotton day dress has a large check pattern, elbow length sleeves and an embroidered lawn collar. The center front panel is tucked. The soft bodice is lightly eased at the waist while the skirt has multiple knife pleats and a deep hem. The sleeves are edged with lace. The dress closes at the side bodice and side front waist.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 38", Waist: 27.5", Hips: 60", Shoulders: 15.25", Sleeves: 16.5", CB Neck to Waist: 13.5", Waist to Hem: 36", Hem Sweep: 90".

Condition: No holes, but with one stain as shown on the left back skirt. This has not been washed.

Price: $125
Vintage Victorian 1860s Autumnal Plaid Silk Dress SZ S
Order #D2648
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.


Price: $195
 
Victorian 1880s Vintage Print Cotton Polonaise Overskirt SZ S
Order #S157
Victorian 1880s Vintage Print Cotton Polonaise Overskirt SZ S

This 1880s overskirt is a creamy white cotton with tan print. The front has an apron style drape, while the back has three swags for the bustle. Both front and back are pleated at the waist with inverted box pleats. The closure is on the side. The hem treatment has two groups of 3 small tucks each. This overskirt will show the underskirt you wear it with at the sides.We show this over a period bustle frame and petticoat.


Labels: none


Size: Waist: 24", Waist to Hem: 42.5" Front, 45" Back, Hem Sweep: 65".


Condition: Fabric is strong with no holes or mends. There is one spot as shown at the left back of the skirt. Please see closeup.


Price: $75
Victorian 1900s Black Silk Gown with Beading by Anna Dunleavy
Order #D2642
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 Wais: 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
Late Qing Dynasty Nine Dragon Kesi Robe
Order #0460
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Late Qing Dynasty Nine Dragon Kesi Robe

The gorgeous men's nine dragon robe is silk kesi woven in blue and pale gold tones with brown and gold bands and lower sleeves. The neckline and horseshoe cuffs are edged with black and gold plus a metallic gold braid. There are 8 dragons, the ninth was traditionally hidden on the underlap. This one is plain on the underlap. The 5 clawed dragons are joined by a wide variety of symbolic motifs: clouds, flaming pearls, Ji symbols, herons, fans, swords, bamboo rods, castanets, umbrellas, a canopy and endless knots. And there are more I have yet to identify. The hem has mountains rising out of lishui waves. The eyes of the dragons are white with tiny black pupils. The robe is lined in plain blue silk.
Label: none

Size: CB length: 53", Sleeves hem to sleeve home across back: 84.25".

Condition: exterior is excellent. No spots or stains. Interior has only a little fading to the color.

Price: $2150
1910s Vintage Black Silk and Net Teens Dress
Order #D2633
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1910s Vintage Black Silk and Net Teens Dress SZ S

This lovely c. 1915 deep black dress is silk tulle over black silk taffeta with heavy lace details. And just a touch of gold metallic trim at the front. The tulle overlay has deep tucking in a V shape at the back bodice, with hemstitching at the seams. The overskirt is fully tucked with a hem flounce, while the taffeta underskirt has rows of tulle frills at the hem. The bodice is not boned, but does have a petersham waist stay. Closures are hooks and snaps. The sash is a silk black velvet ribbon with rosette. The ribbon is antique and came with the dress. We had it stitched up as a sash with hooks and bars.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37", Waist: 26", Hips: 41", Shoulders: 14.5", Sleeves: 16", CB Neck to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 41", Hem Sweep of Lining: 54".
Condition: Excellent. No holes, stains or spots.

Price: $185
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