Clothing, Victorian and Civil War

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1830 Printed cotton shawl
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1840 Bonnet
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1840 Cotton Muslin Gown
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Purchased in NE CT and was told that it had been worn as a wedding gown by an ancestor. The gown is composed by a bodice and skirt in the style of the mid 1840's. The smocking at the "V" yoke in bront and at the back is typical of the period. The skirt has a very full round skirt is 163" wide which is longer at the back. The shoulders are dropped with rolled seams. The sleeve itself has a decorative cap at the top and a sort of under sleeve. The rest of the sleeve fits tight to the arm by means of fitting at the elbow. The sleeves and the skirt have deep folds that are adorned with marvelous whitework. The shoulder area and the V neck in the front are adorned with whitework as well. The bodice has an underlining of a more solid cotton that has many hooks and eyes beneath. The bodice is heavily boned. One bone down the front to the top of the V, one at each side at one on either side of the center bone that extend up to the bosom. The outfit is in excellent consition with only one less than eraser size hole (pictured) which is lost in the gathering at the back of the neck. No other significant stains or damage. The hole could be remedied by a few small stitches. This appears to be almost entirely handstiched. IF there is machine stiching it was on a primitive machine primarily on the seams d/t the appearance of the stiches. The bodice bust measure 28", waist 21", shoulders are 17" from shoulder seam to seam ( of course they are dropped shoulders. The fabric is sturdy and clean.
1850 pale pink champagne organdy mantle
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1850 pale pink champagne organdy mantle with an attached flounced capelet and trimmed in a fine needlelace. Lined in a pale pink silk, with a charming scalloped edge to the lace. 22" from neck to back point, and 34" to front point.
1850 pongee silk gown
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1850 lady's rich pongee silk gown in a feminine blush hue. The lined and stayed bodice has a fashionable ruched deep pointed front with an evening neckline, a blind hook and eye front closure, and is piped at the neckline, the drop shoulder seams, and at the waistband. Lovely capped and lined bishop style sleeves. The skirt has a fully cartridge pleated waistband, and is lined in sarcenet with a turned hem. A 34" bust, 26" waist and 55" from shoulder to front hem.
1860 Taffeta set
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1865 Broderie Anglaise Corset Cover
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