Detail of silk border stripe a` dispositon, American, 1858-59. Pointed low body appears to have functioning front closure, densely gathered sleeve flounces with fringe, 2-flounced skirt triple box pleated at waist. Has the appearance of formerly havng been a high body dress. MET

Detail of silk border stripe a` dispositon, American, 1858-59. Pointed low body appears to have functioning front closure, densely gathered sleeve flounces with fringe, 2-flounced skirt triple box pleated at waist. Has the appearance of formerly havng been a high body dress. MET

Silk taffeta gown with two bodices, 1860s. French blue with wide grey stripe, day bodice with long collared sleeve, lace collar & cuff trimmed in cream bobbin lace. Short -sleeved evening bodice with open neck trimmed in pleated ribbon, white net, & velvet ribbon, both bodices cut straight at waist. Voluminous, unlined trained skirt has large pleats, off-center front closure, hem with deep stiffened backing to raise hemline by 3-4 inches. Whitaker Auctions

Silk taffeta gown with two bodices, 1860s. French blue with wide grey stripe, day bodice with long collared sleeve, lace collar & cuff trimmed in cream bobbin lace. Short -sleeved evening bodice with open neck trimmed in pleated ribbon, white net, & velvet ribbon, both bodices cut straight at waist. Voluminous, unlined trained skirt has large pleats, off-center front closure, hem with deep stiffened backing to raise hemline by 3-4 inches. Whitaker Auctions

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