Gold silk satin gown; triangle shapes over net decorate wide, low rounded neck edge and set-in sleeves (no piping in armscye). Off-white pile fabric flowers with hard white centers trim shoulders. Bodice has two boned “princess” seams either side of CF extending from waist to neck edge below net; side back seams also boned, center backs boned with very narrow round bones that look like baleen. Back princess seams topstitched, back closure thread eyelets; cotton lining in bodice.

Bell shaped 7-gore skirt cartridge pleated all around to waistband—smaller pleats in front, deeper in back. Waistband faced with off-white cotton. Skirt has long train, pocket in right side front seam and left side front slit opening with hook and loop closure on waistband. Skirt lined with cotton bobbinet at waist to 11.5” off-white polished cotton hem facing. Hem edge of skirt 3/8” cording covered with gold satin.


From the mid 1860s