This robe is the most beautiful old gold shade of silk and must have looked marvellous by candlelight. It is not in the best condition but looks good when dressed on a mannequin. There are some curious features such as the flap to the bodice and the buttons either side of the lower waist. The shallow apron to the skirt is also a feature I have not seen before.
This would be good for a designer or re-enactor for copying, or if you can't afford a robe in better condition.
The large scooped neck the fly front opening with hooks and eyes, diagonal bust seams, the right side with a scalloped flap with two silk covered buttons, either side of the bodice, at waist level is a self covered button, the bodice shaped at the bottom and applied with a scalloped frill, below elbow sleeves with pleated and frilled trim, inner cream stiffened muslin frills, the skirt front edged with similar frills, pocket slits with narrow frill trim, the back with seaming to the curved dropped centre panel, the skirt slightly trained, the bodice lined with coarse linen, with a baleen? covered horizontal bar where the bodice finishes, the dress hem with double thickness of silk.
Waist 27 in; 68 cm.
Back shoulder to trained hem 5ft 3 in; 1.6m
The skirt with shallow bib front with buttonholes, above a wide flat central panel flanked by pleats 3/4 in; 1.5 cm. side slits and tape ties, fully lined with glazed coarse linen.
Waist to hem 39 in; 1 m
Waist 32 in; 82 cm.
Robe - front has some light markings. The sleeves where they fold in the front have some splits and markings. The back has a little wear to the shoulder area and some marks to the back bodice. The skirt has a bad mark just behind the left hand slit 2 1/ x 1/2 in; 6 x 1.5 cm. There are a few spots elsewhere and very hem has a little fraying.
Petticoat - The bib front's silk is split. Just below is a hole 2 x 1.5 cm. Light spotting to small area at front. the back with a narrow line of very small holes.
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