May 10, 2011

c. 1840's Ivory Figured Silk Two-Piece Gown

c. 1840's Ivory Figured Silk Two-Piece Gown with Provenance from the Farnsworth Estate of Massachusetts

From the family of Amos Farnsworth Jr., son of Amos Farnsworth who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill, and whose diary is displayed at the Mass Historical Society. 
The bodice is closely fitted and boned, forming deep "v" below waist, and lacing up the back with self standing collar trimmed with purple ribbons and lace.  The sweet puffed sleeves have long net undersleeves attached ending in net ruffles and trimmed with purple ribbon bows.  The skirt is pleated into waistband and tightly gathered at center back, with deep pocket on right side.  Glazed cotton bodice lining is stamped with attractive "Grass Bleach" with harp logo. Interesting pocket in the skirt and tiny pocket off the bodice waist.
Measures:  30/31" bust (with the lace-up "corset" back), 23/24" bodice waist, 26" skirt waist (larger than the bodice as she would have worn petticoats under which would take up waist room), 42" long from waist to hem.  Excellent condition with just some brown residue in lining (see photo) and minor holes in netting of one sleeve (largest size of double eraser head)... oh, and one brass aglet is missing from one end of the original lacing. 

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