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"PURPLE VELVET TRAINED GOWN, LATE 1870s. 1-piece royal purple silk velvet w/ shirred satin bands at center front, center back & on sleeves above lace cuff flounces, fan shaped satin inserts trim long train, hook & eye front opening, upper sleeve slashed w/ satin inserts," Augusta Auctions

Dress (Ball Gown) Date: late 1870s Culture: British Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith, 1969

Black and red silk ball gown (front), British, late 1870s. Label: "Elise, 170 Regent St., London"

Dress (Ball Gown), ca late 1870s, Made by Elise, "dressmaker to HRH the Princess of Wales."

Plum Silk, & Wool Reception Gown, 1870s. 2-piece Polonaise top with chenille fringe, trained faille skirt with self fabric ruched hem trim. Augusta Auctions.

There are other pics with details of front, side etc. But the back is far more beautiful.

1870s gown (side view) worn by Mahala Pillsbury, wife of John S. Pillsbury - by Minnesota Historical Society, via Flickr

A little past my era, but I just love the finishing details including the buttons!

late 40s evening gown...