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# 242 -  c. 1913 Trained Ecru Ivory Silk Edwardian Gown with Beaded Netting!   I get a lot of people asking for gowns that perhaps aren't in perfect condition as it keeps the price affordable... and perhaps those people have the "magic" (sewing skills) that I don't have....as I have trouble sewing on a button.  I still want to sell items that are in good enough condition that it will survive many more years with care.  So.... I have had this gown in my own collection since 1996!  My god time flies!!!  Sheer chiffon at yoke and sleeves are covered with beading.  Sadly there is some tearing of the chiffon on the top layer of the 3 layered chiffon/net sleeves (see photos)., and as always, there is tearing in the lining.  There are also small marks here and there on the dress and dirty along hemline.   LOVE the draping at the one side with the rope ornament! LOVE the detailed ornament at the mid bust and the asymmetrical bustline. Measures:  up to 33" bust, 26" underbust waist, 60" long from shoulder to hem in front, 66" long in back.  NEW LISTING!  Also listed in the Wedding section.  FINAL SALE ITEM (priced to sell!!!!!  Think quickly!!!!)

$ 465.   ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0


[ORDER ITEM - #375]
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# 375 -  c. 1890's (?) Black Fully Beaded Bodice with Black Satin Trim!   Sneak Peek.... information coming!!!!!    Never seen anything like this before or since I purchased this piece many many years ago.  It's a boned bodice, like you would see in the 1890s, but the fact that it is low cut and sleeveless is just making me wonder how this was worn.   Perhaps worn over a balloon sleeve blouse... as the arm openings are quite large.  LOVE the "sailor" satin tie at front.... uniquely designed to just have one piece slip through to create the look.  Even the back is fabulous with the low "u" shape.  The entire piece is covered everywhere in tiny black beads.  Just terrific.  I suppose worn with a black satin skirt.  NEW LISTING! 

$ 545.   ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2


[ORDER ITEM - #7707]
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# 7707 -  c. 1910 Era Irish Crochet Gown, Parasol, Purse, and Straw Hat Created in 1940's by Berman's Film & Theatrical Costumiers, Hollywood, CA for Unknown Theatrical Production! Complete Outfit for Promenade!  I'm in love!!!!  OK, perhaps it's lust, but either way.... I LOVE this outfit!!!  Designed in the 1940's but I still believe the Irish Crochet used is from the Edwardian era and it's the underdress of mint green that is newer.  Beautifully made piece, so whoever wore it in whatever production... it must have been for a principal player rather than a background extra.  Too much effort was put into these pieces for it to be lost in a crowd scene.  The gown was given a hidden old zipper at back (beautifully hidden!!!) and the mint green chiffon, tulle and satin around hemline with a slight "mermaid" shape.  There is just so much to write about these pieces, I could go on for hours... but I'll let the photos speak for themselves.  The lovely straw hat with matching mint green silk and Irish crochet decorated hat is designed to be of the Gibson girl c. 1902 era, so if you are researching, look for 1940s movies set in that time period.  The hat has the  Berman's label. The dress is unlabeled.  The parasol is surprisingly in great condition with just a few dangles missing at the points and one metal rod that needs a solder. Purse lined in the same silk is excellent.  All pieces in remarkably great condition!!!! (only issues are some crochet dangles missing, and extreme minor dirt alone hemline - and water stains on the inner lining only hemline - UNSEEN when worn).   And in a wearable size of up to 35"/36" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 36" hips, 61" long from shoulder to hem. To wear, you can always remove the lower sleeve and yoke if you prefer a more bare look!!!! NEW LISTING!  Also listed in the Memorabilia and Wedding sections.

$ 5,850. for all pieces   ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4


[ORDER ITEM - #11232]
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# 11232 - c. 1879/1880 Gold Lame Brocade and Deep Burgundy Velvet Long Trained One-piece Gown!  OMG!  And I don't say that lightly!  There are so many things that make this a fabulous find!  First off... these long trained Victorian gowns from the 1879/1880 era are getting quite difficult to find.  And then to find one of deep burgundy velvet with massive amount of gold lame brocade  draped in the original draping with the original ribbons and buttons... and then ornamented with fantastic "lily of the valley" silk and chenille fringe... well.... be still my heart!  Really... I may go into AFib!  The other thing to mention is the measurements of this women!  She must have been the Sophia Loren or Kim Kardashian (though her plastic surgeon should get the credit) of her generation!  I had to stuff the poor inadequate mannequin's bosom with loads of cotton batting to give her the curves this woman possessed!  No WONDER she was able to score this fantastic gown.   (Yes, I know, it's not politically correct to claim that she might have been a kept woman due to her measurements, but hey, this is MY website and MY made-up story for this women!!)    Measures:  36" bust, up to 26" waist, and yet only 12" between the shoulders, so it probably won't fit you even if you are these measurements.... unless you have "antique" shoulder width.  I would have priced this higher if not for two issues. One is that there are a few areas where the gold lame has faded to silver.  Can't tell you why, but that's that.  I'm sure a restorer could touch that up without much difficulty.  So really the only issue is that there are some horizontal tears on the one upper sleeve (see photos)... one that someone glued, so it's a bit stiff.  Not terrible, and these can be mended correctly by patching inside, and the long rip just near the hemline on the side.  Again, not too difficult to mend with patch.  Neither of these things detract from the beauty.  But they keep it from being near mint. You will still be floored at the fantastic condition of this gown!!    

$ 1,245.  ORDER    PRICE REDUCED by CONSIGNOR!   EXTRAORDINARY!

Approx. - SIZE 0-small shouldered 4
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# 4809 - RARE c. 1890's Milan, Italy Raw Silk Maternity/Nursing Dressing Gown!  I'm 99% sure that this is a dressing gown worn just after giving birth for nursing.  It's lovely with the huge mutton sleeves, ruffled yoke and hemline and mini-pleated yoke front and back, and large ornamental ribbons at the back.  When you look under the front, you will see an inner buttoned bodice which would have been unbuttoned to nursing, but the exterior silk layer would allow for modesty. Measures:  up to 34/35" bust, up to 26" waist, 58" long from shoulder to hem.    Excellent condition.  Hardly looks worn, inside and out.  Beautifully made interior, so this wasn't an inexpensive item when new. I wish I could read the label for you, but it was a dressmaker Elise _____, 2 Rasini, Milano, Italy.  Great piece for those of you who collect maternity pieces!!  NEW LISTING!  Also listed in the Lingerie section.

$ 795. RESERVED

Approx. - SIZE 2/4


[ORDER ITEM - #7672]
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# 7672 - c. 1890's Capelet of Deep Sapphire Blue Velvet, Black Silk and Black Lace!  If you know Victorian silk velvet, you will know that they appear black until you shine a bright light onto them... and then you will notice that they are really a deep sapphire blue or a deep bottle green.  It's one of the ways you'll know you are looking at antique velvet!  Modern stuff has no undertones of color.  The capes got short in the 1890s due to the huge puffed sleeves worn under.  This cape has lovely details with the oval ornaments at front and back, and the high lace collar, and tiny black bead trim. You will notice some brown threads upon close inspection but that is just about the only issue!  Excellent condition. Fully lined.   NEW LISTING!

$ 545. ORDER

 



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# 11324 - c. 1930's Hand Made in France Gold Sequin on Black Net Bolero!  NOTE: YES, GOLD!!!  The photos aren't picking up the gold, but trust me!  Sometimes I find an item that makes me believe that SOMEONE out there has a time machine!!!!  I swear!!!  I have never seen any 1930s sequin bolero this shiny and sparkling .... like it was made yesterday.  Unbelievable.  Sure it's on the classic black cotton netting (that only the best 1920s French beaded dresses used which has held up beautifully over the last 80-90 years), but it's the shine of the gold sequins that is just so incredible. And then there are little puffy gold metallic 3-dimensional centers to the sequin circles that just give it a little extra panache.  Meant to be worn open as you see over (usually) a simple black 30s gown, but you can swear with anything.  I wish you could see this in person to get the full effect.  Oh wait, you CAN.  If you buy it! :)  You will not find a better one!  NEW LISTING!

$ 745. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE up to 35" bust (smallish back)


[ORDER ITEM - #7586]
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# 7586 - c. 1901 Dotted Swiss and Ecru Silk Ribbon Trim 2-piece Gibson Girl Era Gown!  So we are used to thinking that all gowns with trains must have been wedding gowns.  But in this era, many gowns had a slight train... it was just the look of the times.  So I'd love to tell you if this was a Graduation gown, a dinner gown, or wedding gown, but I just don't know.  I DO know that it seems to be exactly from 1901.  Sheer dotted swiss material with ecru silk ribbon interspersed and trimmed with wider ribbons and rosettes.  Lovely shoulder nd sleeve cuffs shape!!!!  Pigeon front, ruffled skirt, high neck, sheer yoke.   Bodice is lined in white cotton, skirt is unlined, so will need a slip.  The one I show with it is available, but it's a bit short, and not trained.  Excellent condition with the exception of very minor silk ribbons shredding (very minor... did I say that?) and could use some work on the hooks/eyes.   Really in great condition.   Measures: up to 30" bust,  up to 25" waist, 11" across back, 41" long from waist to hem in front, 53" long waist to hem in back.   NEW LISTING!

$ 845. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 00


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# 5914 - c. 1970's GEORGE R. TAYLOR Co., Wheeling, West Virginia Electric Blue Velvet Flapper Coat!  New to the vintage market from storage in Wilton, CT.  Wilton, CT... where the median income hovers around $175,000.  So these people never skimped! :)  This simple 1920s wrap coat is all about the fantastic color of a bright electric blue velvet.  I think it might be a cotton or cotton/silk blend velvet.  The details are in the ruched sleeves and the large collar to wear up or down.  There are NO closures on this coat.. never were... just meant to be grabbed and held in a fashionable way.   Fully lined in an off-white silk.  Excellent condition with just a slight wear at the very edges of the velvet.  If you get really picky, there may be some thinning, but I don't know if I'm even seeing that or not, and I'm VERY picky!!   There is lots of crushing of the velvet which may or may not be original, but it's attractive as it is.   And I wouldn't say that if it wasn't so!   Only my repeat customers know that.... and there are so many of them, I must be doing something right! :) :) :)  This coat can really fit anyone... but you should be taller than me (5'2") as the sleeves are really too long for me.  Measures: 52" around (again this is a wrap coat!!!), 24" long sleeves from shoulder to cuff, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  This would be a great coat to dress up with huge ornamental closure!    Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 785. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8-16
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[ORDER ITEM - #11334]
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# 11334 - c. 1920's H. Jaeckel and Sons, 5th Ave. and 45th Street, NYC Furriers Light Seafoam Green/Light Blue Cut Velvet Cocoon Cape with White Fur Collar!  I think the collar is Ermine (without the black tails), but can't be sure.... could be something else.   Don't think it's white mink, but could be that as well.   Or a non-fluffy fox.  Or ...... damn, I guess I have to get an education from a furrier.  H. Jaeckel would know... as according to his ads, "America's Leading Furrier".  Anyway, it's an interesting shape cocoon cape with "elbow" poufs at the sides.  Meant to be worn just closed at the neck.   The color is something between a seafoam green and a light blue... and look at the close up photos to see the tiny gold threads through the cut velvet creating the flower design.  Looks like a fabric the House of Worth might have used... but this is labeled H. Jaeckel and Sons.  Established in 1863!  They DID source from Paris, so I'm sure this fabric was quite expensive.  Even the interior pink satin lining with pleated pockets was lovely.  However.... this cape has its problems.  As you will see from the photos, there are stains here and there mostly on the lower half, and one stain that has eaten through the fabric at the back.  Also stained on the lining at the bottom.  So if you are creative, you can create appliques to sew over the problems... or just wear as is.... for those of you who understand the beauty of this cape, and can deal with the issues. If perfect, this would be more like $1,000.   NEW LISTING!

$ 425. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Small/Medium
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# 11335 - c. 1910 Black Sequin and Ribbon Embroidery on Net Edwardian Trained Overdress! LARGER SIZE!!!   Yes, I get lots of requests for larger sized gowns.. everyone asks me if there were ever ANY larger sized women back then.  Well.... I can answer you with this gown.  YES! Measures a fabulous up to 42" bust, 36" waist, up to 50" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem in front, 70" long in the back.  Even long waisted at 17" from shoulder to waistband (normally 15" to waist).  I am showing the net overdress over a pink slip that doesn't come with it.... doesn't look all that great under it anyway, so I'm sure you can find a better slip.  Remember, with these black net overdresses, you can change up the look with the color of the slip!  Black slip will make it look like a black gown with ornamentation.  Light color as you see.  Red will look more like the famous Rose's Titanic gown.  Now, important information is about the condition issues.  Mostly great, but there are dime sized and smaller holes in the netting (see the last two photos to see most of them on the upper skirt front and back.  You can fairly easily cover these with appliques, or something.  As long as you have "an eye", you can make it look symmetrical and great.  Or if you are wearing over black slip, you won't see the holes.  Incredibly, the underarms are fine (usually the first to go!).  Sure there are sequins missing.  But you won't care.  There are plenty left.  NEW LISTING!

$ 585. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 14/16
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# 7685 - c. 1926 Black Cotton Net Flapper Dress with Clear and Silver Beads!  Hey Downton Abbey Fans!!   I am ALWAYS looking for flapper beaded dresses on cotton netting.  WHY? First, because they were usually made in France or Belgium (so there's that!), and Second, because the cotton netting is nearly indestructible!!! The flapper dresses on silk chiffon or silk crepe can (and do) shred under the weight of the beads over the years, but the cotton netting is as strong today as it was 90 years ago... and should last another 100 years! So, then you only have to worry about the thread to hold on the beading.  This dress is 99% intact.  There has been some re-beading over the years, and at least one short line where beads are missing at the hem (see photos) and a bit of thread repair under the arms (hardly worth a mention).  Beads can still fall off, but you won't miss them... there are thousands!!!!!  The entire dress is covered!!!   You will want to wear a slip under... whatever color suits you.  Black will give it a darker look and show off the beading even more. LOVE the fact that the dress is longer at the sides... just a bit... with a bit of extra material there for a bit of a flounce.  Sweet!   This dress is fairly small... measures up to 35" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 36" hips, 39-41" long from shoulder to hem... BUT you want to wear flapper dresses a bit larger, so best to be smaller than the measurements above... unless you like your flapper dresses to fit like today's dresses. NEW LISTING!

$ 1,685.  RESERVED

Approx. - SIZE 0-4
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# 7622 - c. 1930 Black Satin Back Crepe and Satin Dinner Dress!   I have another similar dress that I can't sell because it has condition issues... so I loved finding this one.  I always love to sell what I personally love.... that's why if you like my taste, you like most everything on my website!   this is just one of those classic 1930s dresses that you expect to see worn in a movie.  The sheen of the black satin offset by the dull black of the crepe. Perfect combination.  And because it's a satin back crepe, the inside against your skin feels wonderful!!!  The slightly puffed upper sleeves the diagonal band of satin across the bust and the wide waistband with a thin silver metal trim that can be worn as you see, or tilted to a square.  I think this is correct as originally worn.  The two buttons at the bust are decorative. Side snaps to close.  Excellent condition with just one teeny tiny hole that you won't see at all because it's hiding in the fold of the pleat at the skirt, and a slight messy stitching at the back skirt, and many of the teeny rhinestones are missing, but you won't notice other than 1" away.  I don't know anyone who is gonna get that close to you to know!   How picky can I be???  Check out the interesting tailoring of the skirt at front and back. Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 39" hips, 49" long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Category. 

$ 645. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6, perhaps a small 8
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# 6630 - c. 1912 White Embroidered Lace Net Slight Trained Wedding Gown!  I say wedding gown only because that is what we would think today as it has a slight train, but it could just have been a fancy summer evening dress... quite fashionable.  As it buttons up the back, it wasn't a "stay-at-home" gown.... those would open at the front.  Whatever event she bought it for..... I don't think she ever wore it!  This is SO pristine, still white... and I only found two of the tiniest breaks in the netting.... which I dare you to find!  Glorious!!!!!  It looks so tiny, but the netting has some stretch to it, so it will fit a small woman today... Measures: up to 33" bust, up to 26" empire waist, up to 42" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem in front, 69" long in back.  LOVE the tiny ecru satin ribbon that edges the double flounce short sleeves and the scoop neckline.   Add a matching ribbon at the empire waistline and perhaps a bow in the back.... that's how I'm assuming it was worn, but you don't need a ribbon if you don't want one.... but I WOULD suggest a slip! :) I show on the dark dressform so you can see the detail... but as you see, if you wear a light slip under, it looks more ethereal.  If you wear a darker color under, you will see more of the lacy detail.  Change it up!  Wear white or nude under for your wedding ceremony and change to a pink/light blue/or bolder color slip under for your reception!   OR wear for a fabulous modern evening with a BLACK slip under.  POP!  GLORIOUS!  NEAR MINT CONDITION!   NEW LISTING!

$ 1,245. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 (or increase the size a bit with extra lace at back!)
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# 11319 - c. 1905 Pink and Black Bows Printed Textured Cotton Trained Skirt with Black Lace Trim!  I generally don't sell many "separates" or just skirts from this era as I usually try to just sell complete outfits, but then I get those people who keep asking me for more elements, so... who am I to decide what you want to see?!  But I STILL only want to find the pretty pieces!  This one could be worn with a black bodice to create an outfit.  LOVE the black bow pattern on a slightly textured cotton... all edged in black lace.  Lovely.  Someone had increased the size of the waistband in it's past, so I'm leaving as found. You can wear as is at 29.5" waist, or return to the original waist size of 22"/23", or anywhere in-between.   Measures;  40" long from waist to hem in front, 52" long in back.  Two layers of material at the lower skirt and another cotton ruffle under at the hemline.   Excellent condition.    NEW LISTING!

$ 345. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0-6 (depending on waistband)
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# 7033 - c. 1908 Ivory Silk Satin and Valenciennes Lace Wedding Dress!  MUSEUM Deaccession!  From a Museum deaccession... still has the museum tag attached and labeled as a "wedding dress".  LOVELY silk satin ribbon and Valenciennes lace dress with high neck, double bell 1/2 sleeves, medallion front bodice, wide waistband insert. I adore silk Edwardian gowns, and love Edwardian white lawn dresses... this is like the perfect marriage of the two.  Just heading into the Edwardian shape... away from the pigeon front Gibson era bodice.  LOVELY!  (Oh wait, I said that already!).   Measures: 30/31" bust, 23/24" waist (empire), up to 38" hips, 52" long from shoulder to hem (so floor length on a shorter than 5' tall gal!). Excellent condition with just light stain on front bodice and barely see stain area at skirt bottom (see photos). Why do you see so many of these gowns with stains on the bodice???   Well, it was the style of the era to wear large floral decoration at the bodice... and I'm sure this was the culprit.  So just consider it historic!  (samples of that look in the photos below... one of which was a Princess!).  As it's so short, this gown would make a WONDERFUL DISPLAY piece for your room!  I used to have bodices hanging on my walls (on padded hangers on pushpins and dressforms in the corners!)  NEW LISTING!

$ 985. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 00 SHORT
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[ORDER ITEM - #318]
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# 318 - c. 1910/1911 Ecru "Artificial Silk" Fringe, Beaded and Lace Trained Wedding Gown!  I'm in awe of this fabric!!! Has to be one of the first and earliest uses of this "artificial silk" or "rayon" (as it was later to be known) as per history:  "The viscose rayon fiber, first known as artificial silk, was in commercial production by 1905 in Britain. In 1909, because of high import tariffs, the British company Samuel Courtauld and Co. Ltd. obtained the rights to produce rayon using the viscose process in the United States. The first U.S. rayon plant, in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, was in business by 1910."  I purchased this gown 17 years ago and never even noticed that it wasn't silk.... looks like silk, drapes like silk, is certainly one of the most beautiful designs for a wedding gown I've had of the era, with the lace, the overlay, the beading, the pearl trim and the embroidery... not to mention the rayon fringe are all of the highest quality and design.  So what possessed this woman to have her gown of this new fabric as opposed to silk????  Doesn't seem she was scrimping in price.  Could it have been a gown designed specifically to show off the potential beauty of the new material??  I don't know.  I DO know that it's certainly a historically significant piece for that very reason... in addition to it's beauty and fabulous condition.  Amazingly strong fabric looks like it will remain in the same lovely condition for the next 100+ years The only issues are the dinginess of the overlay on the skirt (due to years of dust), the dirt on the train (again all over from years of storage) and there are a few strange light orange spots on the skirt overlay (see photo)... probably from her wedding bouquet.... I'm guessing it's those damn stamens from lilies!  Oh and one heel tear on the lower skirt side (see photo).  Measures: up to 30" bust, up to 24" empire underbust, up to 40" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem in front, 84" long in back.    NEW LISTING!

$ 1,345. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0
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# 6164 - RARE c. 1905 White Sheer Yellow Floral Print 2-piece Summer Gown with TWO Bodices!   WEARABLE SIZE AND CONDITION!  Wow!  So, go with me here.... imagine it's 1905.  You've been invited to the summer at the seashore.  What to pack?   Well, you need something light and airy as well as beautiful... and you have to pack in that one suitcase you can carry (no wheels on suitcases back then... and you aren't rich enough to have a valet to carry for you!).  You pack your favorite 3-piece gown!!! Yup... 3-pieces!!!  There are TWO different bodices to wear with this double ruffled skirt.  Usually when I see gowns with 2 bodices, one is for daywear and the other for evening... but these are both for daywear! Fabulous!  And everything is in Excellent condition.  Even in wearable sizes!  Note:  the yellow sash isn't original, but looks perfect so it comes with it.  I also added a little silk daisy flower which I also love with it, so I'll just throw that in.  Also NOTE:  There is no slip that comes with it, so you will need to wear a slip under the skirt... I photographed with an ecru colored slip.  My mannequin has a humpback neck (I think she has a thyroid condition) so I can't close the 13" neck on her... but you probably have better posture. ;)  Measures:  34" bust, up to 29/30" waist, 38" long from waist to hem in front, 40" long in back (if you are taller, just find a slip with lacy hem and longer!  However, the bodices are short-waisted, so I don't think you can be too tall for this.      NEW LISTING!

$ 1,195. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 2450 - c. 1911 Ecru Silk Edwardian Gown with Lace and Pearls and Flower Embellishment!  WEARABLE CONDITION!    Beautifully simple Edwardian silk gown with lace over bodice and original faux pearl beaded trim at round neckline, lace "capelet" over bodice and original little flower adornments at the empire waist and sleeves.  This gown is in as great a condition as you are gonna find for an Edwardian gown!  Because the inner lining is cotton, not the normal silk that sadly usually you find shredded.  It's mostly all clean and strong as well!!!!  The only issues you will find are the couple small water drips on the front skirt (obviously her bridal bouquet leaked) (see photos) and incredibly light area of dirt at side skirt (see photo - hardly worth mentioning). The underarms have very light staining, but you can't see it unless you lift up the lace and look under.  I didn't notice anything until I figured I better check for you.  Really a lovely simple gown! Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 27" empire waistband, up to 38" hips, 55.5" long from shoulder to hem.  You don't want to wear this tight, so good to be smaller than these maximum measurements.  NEW LISTING!

$ 645. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 7690 - c. 1920's White Cotton Cutwork Lace Summer Dress!  WEARABLE SIZE AND CONDITION!  NEAR MINT CONDITION!  BRIGHT WHITE!  Yes, I'm yelling this out at the top of my lungs so you can hear me! This dress looks like it was made yesterday it's so perfect.  OK, so you will need a slip under (make yourself a variety of colored slips to wear under to change the look.  White slip will hide the cutwork.  Black slip will highlight the cutwork.  Nude will disappear under.  Pink or Light Blue will be sweet, or Navy will look more nautical,  etc.  And change the ribbon color (doesn't come with any ribbon)... and add a silk flower as I did.   All you get is the dress... but what a dress!  "Sailor" collar at back, wrap front, 3/4 length scalloped edge sleeves.  Measures: up to 46" bust, up to 44" hips, 50" long from shoulder to hem.  YET shown on the 35/25/36 mannequin and though a little big on her... flapper dresses were meant to be worn large, so...     NEW LISTING!

$ 785. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6-12
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[ORDER ITEM - #7689]
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# 7689 - c. 1920's Navy Silk Top with Red and Platinum Beads!  WEARABLE SIZE AND CONDITION! Another wearable piece from the same collection... yea!  VERY Downton Abbey!  Navy silk top that just goes on over the head.  Sweet little "peasant" keyhole at front neckline with beaded end ties.  Bell sleeves.  Hip band is highlighted in the tailoring.  Would look great with a red stitched down pleated skirt or long straight skirt.   Don't forget your T-straped heels!   :)   Measures: up to 42" bust, up to 39" hips, 24" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition.    NEW LISTING!

$ 365. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7666]
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# 7666 - c. 1930's HARRY COOPER, Hollywood Ivory Silk Chiffon Covered in Sequins!  I researched Harry Cooper and finally found ONE book about the history of Hollywood!  Seems Harry Cooper's was "a beautiful ladies shop.  Beautiful.  Beautiful store and beautiful merchandise.  People used to walk down the boulevard and window shop".   Also on Hollywood Boulevard was the glamorous and famous restaurant Sardi's, I. Magnin and, of couse, Grauman's Chinese Theater.  This gown is in surprisingly great condition for a delicate light colored fabric!!!  The only issues are that the rayon lining will need a bit of a shortening, and there are extremely minor spots around the hemline.  But WHAT a sweet 1930s gown!!!!  Pretty enough to wear for a summer wedding dress!  This was probably meant to be worn ankle or calf length, but I show it to the ground as well.  Measures: up to 36/37" bust, up to 29" waist up to 35" at low waist, up to 42" hips, 18" from shoulder to drop waist, 53" long from shoulder to hem.  Side metal zipper.  Really Excellent condition with the few very very minor issues mentioned. NEW LISTING!

$ 865. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8 (short - but will look equally perfect ankle or calf length!)
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# 6312 - c. 1920's Embroidered and Beaded Silk Velvet Bodice!  Killer fabulous!  Obviously the designer of this 1920s top was totally influenced by a man's 18th Century embroidered vest.  Achingly beautiful.   Never seen anything else like it!  The velvet is a very soft silk velvet in the darkest brown you can find.  The embroidery looks even better in person and is embellished with beads, silver old flat sequins and silver cording.   Closes with hooks/eye on the side.  Lined in the sheerest silk organza you can imagine.  Measures:  up to 32" bust best... shown on a 34" bust mannequin and it's really too tight for her... as 20s pieces were meant to be worn loosely.  Excellent condition! NEW LISTING!

$ 685. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0-4
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# 3627 - c. 1910 - 1914 Navy Wool Walking Suit with Butterscotch Silk Lining!  I can't believe that there is only ONE TINY MOTH HOLE..... if you even want to call it that in this entire 2-piece navy wool walking suit!!  And even at that, the hole is beautifully placed right in the middle of the back seam, so you could SO easily cover it with a few decorative stitches in matching "arrow" design to make it look like it's meant to be there!!!  I don't know WHO paid off the moths to stay away from this piece, but someone did something right over the last 100 years to keep them away!   This suit is probably the most tailored jacket I've seen... made with thin black braid trim to evoke to style of a men's suit.  The skirt is straight at front with slight gathering at back with a  fantastic waistband (you will love how it wraps around with snaps!).  Four decorative buttons on sleeves... and 3 button closure at slightly asymmetrical positioning. Slit pockets.  Lapel. Measures: up to 39" bust, up to 34" waist of jacket, 29-31" long jacket, 14" across back between armseams, 28-29" waist of skirt, 34" long skirt with 6" hem.  NOTE:  I've lightened photos so you can see detail, but it's a NAVY suit.  And the lining is in great condition with the exception of a few very minor tears and some staining (lining only) near underarms. Excellent condition.     NEW LISTING!

$ 635. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #7674]
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# 7674 - c. Mid 20th Century Vintage Pronged "Flapper" Rhinestone Headpiece with Dangles!  I hate to tell you that I really am not sure how to date this piece.  However, it's QUALITY!  I believe it's likely 1930's - 1950's I'm guessing.  The metal base is shiny (not etched which happened by the 1960's in most costume jewelry) and the rhinestones are "mine cut" (high centers), and the piece is quality soldered.  Very sparkly!  The PERFECT flapper headpiece for those of you who can't find a 1920s piece that is affordable... or even an actual 1920s piece that is this terrific looking!   Many of the Juliette caps from the 20s don't have the dangles, and usually they are quite small on the head.  This fits my mannequin with her 23" head!  So it's large enough to fit just about any woman!!!!  Just sits on the head.  It's heavy enough to just sit there, or you could use a hairpin or two if you want.  Excellent condition!  NEW LISTING!   Final Sale Item.  Also Listed in the Hats, etc. Category. 

$ 565. ORDER


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# 137 - c. 1909 Ivory Silk Crepe Edwardian Wedding Gown with Fringe and Pearl Ornaments!  Worn by Grace Browne (Falck), 13 Florence Street, Hartford, CT, Married in 1909, 21 Years Old, Born in 1888.  This is one of the few Edwardian Wedding Gowns that have an absolute provenance on a little hang tag. So I've decided to Google search to find the heirs to see if they have any photos of their Great Grandmother wearing the gown! Will keep you all informed!  Meanwhile.... the gown is near perfect condition on the exterior.  Sadly as with most all Edwardian gowns of the era, they used a weighted silk taffeta for the lining, and they shatter like mad.  This gown's lining is no exception.  HOWEVER, the GOOD news is that the bodice was lined in cotton! So the shattered lining can be removed from the skirt without consequence.  You might get a dressmaker to create a new lining, or just wear with a great taffeta petticoat.  The only sad thing is that there is a pleated hemline on the lining that could have been pretty peeking out from the hem, but that's just the way it is.  Had I removed the lining, I wouldn't have to even talk about it and I could just say the gown is Excellent Condition.  But I want to leave it as I found it.  Measures:  up to 33" bust, up to 24" empire waist, up to 34" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem.   NEW LISTING!  

$ 985.   ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 00
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[ORDER ITEM #4752]
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# 4752 - c. 1915 Ivory Embroidered Silk Evening Gown with Peacock Embroidered at Back!  LARGER WEARABLE SIZE!  I have not seen a gown of this material before... it's the same ivory silk embroidery that you see in many shawls of the era. So hard to capture with my camera (damn!), but check out the close-up photos to see the amazing detail! The gown is completely covered with embroidery.. other than the underskirt at front. The upper back embroidery is that of a full peacock within a floral wreath! Gorgeous! Pretty bead ornament at waistline at front. Rhinestone, pearl and bead design drip down both sides of gown back and decorate the back waistline. Dangly beaded tassels at front and back. Was very likely a wedding gown as there seems to be a place to attach a train (now missing). She was obviously a practical bride... choosing a gown she could wear again for any evening event. The overskirt flows and ripples as you walk! This is a piece you will get lost in when seeing upclose and in person!! The condition of the main gown silk is excellent... but there are some issues... the lace on the cuffs and minor at neckline around sides is torn  (so will need to be removed or replaced). There is a stain on the lower skirt, but covered with the overskirt. Minor tiny spots on underskirt and some beading that just needs a few stitches. Dirt at hemline in back. Really it's in great condition!!!  I just like to tell you every little thing.  The gown is short, because in 1915 the hemlines were raised to the ankle (scandalous!!!!), so even though I'm showing worn to the ground, it's designed to be worn shorter.  Your choice.  If you want the ground, just wear another longer skirt of lace hem under to lengthen! Measures:  up to 36/37" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 43" hips,  54" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 865. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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# 11297 - c. 1906/1907 A. H. METZNER, New York MUSEUM QUALITY 3-piece Green Wool and Soutache Walking Suit with Velvet, "Antique Waistcoat" Embroidery and Original Embroidered Net Blouse! LARGER SIZE I LOVE this woman!!! I was lucky enough to get quite a few larger sized A.H. Metzner, NY Victorian (I know... technically 1906/1907 is the Gibson Girl / Edwardian Era... but has the Victorian look so... ) items from this one estate. She was "zaftig" for the era!!! If you look up A.H. Metzner, you will see at least one example of this dressmaker's gowns at the LACMA (see their A.H. Metzner below).. Oh my word... I love this women!  These are exactly what I would have worn had I had the money and had I lived in the early 1900s (though I still think I did!).  ;)  This is her BEST walking suit!!!  Again, from the SAME dressmaker in NYC (often these pieces were imported by the dressmakers and labels changed... but we'll never know).  Coat is in NEAR MINT condition inside (jacquard ivory silk lining) and out!!  However... the moths loved the skirt as much as I do.  Look at the photos to see the worst holes at front and back of skirt.  There are about 15 holes throughout the skirt.  7 of them are the worst and you'd want to get those fixed... the rest are hidden in the pleats.  But once you DO take care of those holes, you have an extraordinary museum worthy outfit in a WEARABLE size!!!  If you wear with the coat, most of the moth holes are covered, so if you prefer not to fix... it's not that much of a problem.  Deep green velvet trim on cuffs and collar.  And then look at that incredible embroidered panel down the middle of the front of the long jacket or coat. Very reminiscent of mid 1700's men's waistcoat. Then open the coat, and or remove to reveal the matching original blouse under.  The blouse is getting thrown in free as it has major stains at front, sleeves and some underarm darkening. :(  But you only see the embroidered and beaded neck (and possible lace of the cuffs) of the blouse if you are wearing the coat closed.   So really the issue is about the moth holes in the skirt.  Measures: 40" bust,  32" waist,  37" long from waist to hem in front (walking length), 40" long in back.   NEW LISTING!  

$ 2,165.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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[ORDER ITEM #2858]
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# 2858 - c. 1930's Made in France Gold and Silver Sequin "Starburst" Design Evening Capelet!  I probably should have shown this over a black 1930s gown as it would have been worn, but I guess I figure if you are a vintage lover, you would know how these were worn!  I have faith in your intelligence!   (AND I didn't want to photograph it again.)  So... imagine there's a slinky black gown under.  Pretty, what I call "starburst", design of gold and silver sequins and beads.  Ties at the front.  Just a little something to throw over your shoulders to DAZZLE!  Excellent condition... reason? The Made in France label usually means that these were created on cotton netting which have held up beautifully over the years.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 585.  ORDER 


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# 7370 - c. 1930's Merlot Wine Colored Crepe Bias Gown with Rhinestone Jacket!  WEARABLE SIZE PLEASE look at the color swatch below to see what color this actually is!!!!  It's not red!!!!  But I had to lighten all the photos so you can see the detail, so PLEASE... it's a deep gorgeous "merlot wine" crepe.   You gotta trust me that it's fabulous!  I went crazy when I saw this outfit.  SOOOOO 1930's Movie Star!!!   There's no way I can capture the shine of the hundreds of prong set rhinestones in the long knee-length peplum jacket with small collar, rhinestone button front, open at front, wide open cap sleeves, with matching waist sash also covered in rhinestones.  The bias gown itself is totally plain matching crepe with halter "Marilyn Monroe" bodice and "T" back.  Both pieces are in Excellent condition with only a couple extremely minor spots at hemline, and looks like you could re-sew one seam at side as it was sewn a bit incorrectly (though most of you will not care - and it's under the jacket anyway).  So ELEGANT.  Measures:  up to 38" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 41" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem.  But looks equally good on the size 4/6 mannequin.   Bias gowns will hug your body and make you look sexy!  Just sayin'! :)   NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in 1930s-Today Category.  

$ 1,345.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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# 4249 - c. 1910 Edwardian Off-White Muslin Lawn Dress with Embroidery, Filet Lace and Crochet Balls with Sailor Back!  WEARABLE SIZE Please look at the close-up photos of this dress... you really can't see all the detail in the tiny photo at left.  I adore little crochet balls on Edwardian gowns... and this is Loaded!  I counted.  132 crochet balls!!!  They are ALL there. None missing that I can find.  Now look at the back... the great "sailor" collar back!  This is one of those Edwardian lawn dresses that doesn't need a waistband (yeah!)... it's just ph so pretty as it is. Look at the embroidery between the lace inserts.  And the great square neckline to be comfortable and to show off your pearls if you want. Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 29" waist (slight empire), up to 43" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem in front, 60" in back.  Buttons up back.  You will see there is a black velvet ribbon around the hemline.  I'm guessing it's not original, but looks great, so you can decide whether to keep or not.  Excellent condition with just a very few very minor leg breaks in the lace.  Hardly worth mentioning.   Please note this is an off-white and sheer... you will need a slip under.  These are so easy to make.  Just a simple tube shape with ribbon straps. Done!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 765.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6/small 8
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# 7653 - c. 1910 Edwardian White Lawn Dress with Embroidery and Open Lace! LARGER SIZE When I say "larger size" for antique dresses or gowns, that means large enough for a human female of today to wear it!  It doesn't mean that I'll calling us "fat" or "large"... but we ARE much larger than the women (and men!) of yesteryear... especially in the shoulder area.  Anyway, now that you aren't offended... I always look for antique gorgeous pieces that you can actually wear... even though they are only to be worn gently.  So if you want to wear for your wedding, wear it down the aisle and for photos, and then change to another dress for the reception so you can "move".  Some of these Edwardian whites are all lace, some are embroidered on cotton or gauze, and some (like this one) are embroidered on a very fine cotton muslin (which is a loosely woven cotton).  Love the open work lace on short sleeves and neckline.  Very airy with pretty embroidered flowers.  I added the pink satin at waist (doesn't come with it), just buy a ribbon of your color choice, or white if you prefer.  As you see, you will need to wear a slip under.  These are so easy to make, you can have a few in different colors for different looks.   Just a simple tube shape with ribbon straps. Done!  Tiny buttons up back.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up o 32" waist, up to 46" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem (if you are taller, you can show some slip at the hem so this looks more like a tunic.  Fairly long-waisted at 17" from shoulder to waist.  Excellent condition with just extreme minor pulling of muslin (see photos)    

$ 895.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10
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[ORDER ITEM #0000]
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# 0000 - c. 1927/1928 Beautifully Beaded Navy Silk Chiffon Flapper Dress with Open Scarf Skirt!  I have owned this dress for so long that I can't even remember when/where I got it.  Purchased at least 15-20 years ago when I ONLY purchased Edwardian and Flapper dresses.  I have expanded my horizons, but these are still my most favorite eras.  Damn I should have lived through the Downton Abbey era!!! :)   Anyway, this is a navy blue silk chiffon sheer dress with fabulous silver beaded and rhinestones in lovely floral design.  LOVE the rhinestone spray down the front bodice.  And then... well, then the BACK!!  As you see there is a beaded panel attached to the low "u" back that will flutter as you move... along with the 6 paneled skirt that will do the same!!!  Oh and if there is a gentle breeze even better!!   ;)  SO... although in great condition and wearable, this dress needs a slip.  You see the darker material at upper bodice?  Well, there used to be a navy silk lining that was sewn from that inner seam down to hem.  It's gone now, but easy enough for a seamstress to replace... it would have been a simple tube shape... or just wear a navy slip under if you prefer not to sew.   So the only real issue are the small but many holes in 2 of the chiffon skirt panels. . You will only really see them if you hold the panels up as I did.. otherwise they bunch up enough that the holes aren't really seen. But I have to tell you everything.   Measures:  Up to 35" bust, up to 35" waist, up to 38" hips, 42-50" long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 1,645.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 11312 - c. 1889 Victorian Gown of Brown Silk Faille with "William Morris / Arts & Crafts" Brocade Trim! Please note that this 2-piece gown has some staining issues.  I like to inform you upfront so you don't fall in love and then get disappointed.  Rather I prefer you fall in love with something/someone (oops - am I getting too personal here?) warts and all!  :)   Pretty chocolate brown color with the awesome "arts and crafts" / William Morris look brocade trim on front, neckline, cuffs and "v" waistband.  Slight puffy mutton sleeves, slight draping to the front of the skirt, pleats at skirt side and gathered at back.  Smocking at back waist of bodice.   Ok, so now for the spots (which you should see in the photos):  Large underarm staining, large mark on lower side/front skirt, dark spot on the elbow, spot on bodice front under underarm... these are the major spots.  There is also a small hole in one puff of sleeve at back and one pinhole there as well.  All of this sound much worse than it is, as the dress is in quite good sturdy condition with lovely clean checked design interior!   Measures:  Up to 29" bust, up to 23" waist, 38" long from waist to hem. PRICED TO SELL!!!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 385.  ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 11293 - c. 1903-1907 Black and White Silk Chiffon Lightly Pleated Ruffled Scarf or "Ruff"! Direct to this website from the relatives of a wealthy New York family!  You know they were wealthy just from the quality of the goods if nothing else!  This is one piece of a few going up soon.  Black silk chiffon "ruff" trimmed in white tatting.  These were worn just as you see... decorative piece.  I'd love to say it's Excellent condition, and it would be except for both ends (waaahhhh).  See photos... there are tears to both sides.  You COULD shorten and then it would have no issues.  But then it would be more expensive so...  ;)  Just lovely. 100" long,   NEW LISTING!  

$ 245.  ORDER 

 

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# 3794 - c. 1890's Mme. Elise, Boston, USA Beaded Yellow Silk Brocade Ball Gown with Huge Chiffon Balloon SleevesOh lordy! I KNOW this will make you swoon... and if you don't, then you should check your pulse to make sure you are alive!!  A brilliant yellow floral and striped silk brocade interspersed with a yellow grosgrain material and silk ribbons with bows. The bodice is beaded on the front in a faux "vest" design.  The sleeves are massive balloon with swags of silk crepe chiffon!!  This is on my smallest mannequin/dressform which means it's too tiny to be worn....a size 000 or so. The condition of the dress is quite good... BUT, big but... the chiffon sleeves are tearing badly (see photo), and there is a bit of green tarnish under the arms, and needs a new corset string or ribbons.  For that reason, it's priced to sell to someone who will cherish it for the beauty it is.   I LOVE the label.... Boston, USA.  Not Boston, Mass.  So you gotta assume this might have been designed and created in Paris and was exported to the USA.  It could have also been labeled as such to try to evade customs charges (many a turn of the century dressmaker was fined for evading fees!!).   This is one of those rare pieces.  If perfect, this would cost at least $2,500!!   Basically selling for the price of the fabulous skirt.  FINAL SALE ITEM!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 645.  On Hold

Approx. - SIZE: 000
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# 11291 - c. 1910 J. HARTJEN, 65 West 38th Street, New York City Edwardian Black Fine Wool Braided Jacket with Velvet Embroidered Trim!  Direct to this website from the relatives of a wealthy New York family!  You know they were wealthy just from the quality of the goods if nothing else!  This is one piece of a few going up soon.  Another c. 1905 walking suit from this NYC Dressmaker, J. Hartjen, can be found at one of the most famous fashion museum collections, at the NYC Metropolitan Museum (nicknamed The Met). Black fine wool jacket trimmed in black embroidered velvet on the lapel collar and cuffs.  The jacket itself has braided soutache design down the asymmetrical buttoned front, bust around, down the sides and down the back.  Excellent condition with just a bit of wear on the inside upper silk lining and the inside back of velvet collar... not seen at all when worn.  The BEST thing about this woman???  She was a large size for her era, so it will FIT a human being today!   Measures:  up to 42" bust, up to 37" waist, up to 46" hips, 14" across the back between armseams, 35" long from shoulder to hem.  FABULOUS!  Very Downton Abbey (the early years)... or Titanic era.  Pair with a simple black tubular shape long skirt to create your own Edwardian suit.   If you want to go formal... black velvet skirt.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 885.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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# 11292 - c. 1910 J. HARTJEN, 65 West 38th Street, New York City Edwardian Black Silk Faille Embellished Walking Coat with Ecru Battenberg Lace and Black Satin Trim!  Direct to this website from the relatives of a wealthy New York family!  You know they were wealthy just from the quality of the goods if nothing else!  Another c. 1905 walking suit from this NYC Dressmaker, J. Hartjen, can be found at one of the most famous fashion museum collections, at the NYC Metropolitan Museum (nicknamed The Met). Black silk faille coat with black satin trim, soutache and embroidery on net, dangling tassels, and ecru Battenberg lace trim. Open the coat and the lace continues up both sides!!  Not cheap coat would bother! There are slits on either side of the coat as well, so you know it was a Walking Coat for fashion... not for warmth. Excellent condition with just slight darkening of the lace, and a bit of tearing of the silk lining. The BEST thing about this woman???  She was a large size for her era, so it will FIT a human being today!   Measures:  up to 42" bust, up to 42" waist, up to 54" hips, 14" across the back between armseams, 44" long from shoulder to hem.  FABULOUS DETAILS!  Please look at the close up photos to see!    NEW LISTING!  

$ 1,095.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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# 11287 - c. 1930's Burnished Gold Sequin Evening Bolero! To be worn over a simple black 30s body hugging gown, these sequin boleros give the appropriate DAZZLE!  This one has lovely black design at the short sleeves, otherwise it's just fully covered.  Meant to be worn open as you see.  Shown on a 35" bust mannequin.  Excellent condition. NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 485. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2-6

 


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# 11289 - c. 1860 Copper Brown Silk Taffeta "Best Dress"!  This is a pretty "plain jane" dress from the era, but the fact that it's silk, I gotta assume this dress was some not very wealthy woman's "Sunday Best".  The dark brown "ruffle" at the hemline makes me think there might have been a brown belt, but who knows.  The buttons may not be original to the gown... they seem a bit out of place, but again... I'm just guessing.  You can see the oilcloth inside the skirt.  Flat front with full cartridge pleated skirt back.  Very good condition except that one underarm has a slight weak fabric with one small tear (see photos) and ever so minor spotting on one shoulder (barely worn mentioning).  Measures: up to 29" bust, up to 22" waist, 42" long in front, 45" long in back.  Priced to sell!!!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 295.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 11276 - c. 1905-1016 Liberty & Co, London and Paris Gorgeous Lavender Wool Burnoose with Embroidery!  Killer color!  And oh so soft! And look at that incredible collar!  A RARE Liberty & Co, London WOOL (probably a cashmere blend) burnoose! In a killer gorgeous color!! Check out the close-up photos of the multicolor lace and the ever present large tassel at the back. Wear it longer in the back or shorter in the back... either way works (see additional photos). Excellent condition... The only thing wrong with this piece was the one asshole moth (one tiny hole) and the "nip" from the area where the hook and eye went. Enjoy!!! NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the Furs, Etc.  Section.

$ 1,095.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE one size
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# 11285 - c. 1880-1900 Cornflower Blue Silk Faille Embroidered Trained Skirt!  I rarely... OK... only maybe a handful of times in the past have I sold elements of gowns.... but this came from the same estate as the Liberty & Co burnoose and the Lanvin 1920's museum gowns, so.....   It's a gorgeous textile....was the skirt of a Worth gown, or other similar high-quality designer gown from the 1880's - 1900 era.  Look at the details of the embroidery... this is definitely high quality.  I would have loved to have seen the full gown, but this is all that remains.  Someone removed most all the waist gathers and added a new waistband.  Currently Measures:  35" waist, 39" long in front from waist to hem, 52" long at back.  There is a problem at the front top right waist area which is torn, and there are areas of dirt and staining (see photos).  Still great condition fabric to do with as you wish!    NEW LISTING! 

$ 485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 35" waist currently
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# 11284 - c. 1880-1900 Gold Lame Embroidered Ecru Silk Skirt!  I rarely... OK... only maybe a handful of times in the past have I sold elements of gowns.... possibly renovated.... but this came from the same estate as the Liberty & Co burnoose and the Lanvin 1920's museum gowns, so.....   Another  gorgeous textile....and might easily have been a piece off a Worth gown, or other similar high-quality designer gown from the 1880's - 1900 era.  Look at the interior photos to see the quality of the material, the seaming, and even the gold lame lining!!!   I would have loved to have seen the full gown, but this is all that remains. Measures:  35" long from waist to hem (short!) and 25" waist.  There is a problem at the front top waist area (see photos) which is torn, and there is one tiny hole at mid-back (see photo).  Otherwise, slight tarnishing or some gold loss to silver.  Still great condition fabric to do with as you wish!  NEW LISTING! 

$ 485.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 0/2 (short)
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# 11282 - c. 1910's B. Altman & Co., Paris/New York Tan Linen Automobile Duster Jacket Coat!  Rare to find a duster jacket rather than a coat.  And even rarer to find a duster coat with a great label! As you notice with most duster coats, there are a few spots here and there, but that only adds to the charm knowing these were used to keep one's clothing free from the mud and dirt when driving in an open motorcar.  Imagine this with a scarf and goggles!  Great for anyone looking for steampunk look as well. Really the only thing wrong is that most all the buttons are gone, so you will need to replace them... but the fact that there were 3 buttons on each cuff is quite attractive once you get those buttons replaced! Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 43" hips, 33" long from shoulder to hem. Great for you automobile enthusiasts! 

$ 385.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6
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# 6748 - c. 1876 Parisian Suit Co., Chicago Paisley and Fringe Wool and Silk Victorian Mantle!   Although this could be from the 1880's, I date it to 1876 because of the "colonial" look of the fabric.  1876 was this country's centennial, and many of the fashions reflected the colonial look.  If you don't know, mantles are essentially capes, usually with longer fronts and bustle back with either straight or "L-bend" cape sleeves.  This one isn't particularly warm, so could have been a Spring mantle.  Love the inner vest, the gold rope trim, and the blue silk lining and collar.  The gold silk fringe runs around the entire hemline.  Excellent condition... and beautifully made.  My mother always told me if a design matches up at a seam, that means it's QUALITY goods... as it takes extra material.  Check out the back seam!  Excellent condition with just one issue of a spot on one lapel (see photo).  Add a pin and you cover the issue! :)   Probably how the spot came to be anyway.  These mantles are pretty much a "one size fits most" ... but those are Victorian women, so as long as you have a smallish back and likely a XS/Small, you'll be fine.  Small back Mediums might work as well. 

$ 535.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE XS/Small - possible small-back Mediums
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# 5422 - c. 1920's Black Silk Chiffon Sheer Dress!  Simple, basic flapper dress that will be SO comfortable to wear to your next Great Gatsby event! All you need is a slip... please... I don't want you to get arrested for indecent exposure and blame me!  1920's slips are simple to make (so you can make a few in various colors to create different looks for your 20s chiffon dresses!  Nude colored slip will look...well, nude.  Black will just give you a solid look, red will give you that "Titanic" Rose dress look, etc., etc... I could go on.  The 20s slips are a simple tube of fabric (one side seam) and then ribbons for straps. Done! Goes on over the head. So... now check out the dress... sheer bodice in front, tiered ruffled skirt. The back has ruffles at upper back and more tiered skirt... and then a side scarf!  Excellent condition with just one shoulder seam a bit messy.. could have sported a silk flower or rhinestone ornament in the past.  You can get creative, or just sew the seam neater (if you care).   

$ 345.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 2747A - c. 1905-1016 Attributed to Liberty & Co, London and Paris Light Blue Silk Burnoose with Embroidery!  There is no label in this piece, but I'll eat my hat (though not one of my ultra expensive hats as that would be a shame!!) if this isn't a genuine Liberty & Co. piece!!!  First off, there are labeled comps nearly exactly the same (see photos), and secondly the feel of the silk is THAT fabulous... there's a reason Liberty was known to have the best.  It is.  These burnooses are shown worn as you see, or worn with the tassel longer in the back, and shorter at front.   Whatever you want.  There are no armholes... it's just a cape shape.  Check out the embroidery down the front and around the collar.  Lovely!  Excellent condition with just minor breaks in the embroidery (see photo) and the only real issue is a discoloration line horizontally across the back (see photo).  Not terrible and a heck of a lot better than the condition of many of these pieces!!  The lining is the same color and silk so equally beautiful and great condition!  Closes with just a few hooks/eyes. 

$ 865.  ORDER 

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# 7609 - c. 1912 Edwardian Dressing Gown!  Maternity?? I have photographed this printed silk and lace dressing gown with black satin trim WITH and WITHOUT a pregnant mannequin.  OK.... in the spirit of full disclosure, the mannequin is not actually pregnant.  She's too old! :)  And I'm not actually sure this was a maternity gown, but it just had that look when I put he on the mannequin, so... you can decide and look at the photos both ways.  The lace at high collar and yoke is also inset at the sleeves.  Nice touch!  The waistline is high empire as you can see with the original black satin waistband, bow and long streamers.  There is a bit of black velvet trim at the neck and above the white lacey cuffs.  Closes with hooks as most Edwardian gowns.  A lovely piece with a few minor issues.  The silk taffeta is shattered under the ecru lace (hardly seen), and there are a few tiny areas of silk weakness (tiny holes/minor tears - see photos) on the skirt.  You can barely see any of the issues until you search due to the print.  Even when I point them out in the photos, I had to take extreme close-up photos of the issues!   Measures: up to 30" bust, 54" long from shoulder to hem.  You'll need to re-sew the hooks at the back neck as well.  Should take you all of 5 minutes. :)  A lovely display gown or to wear carefully. 

$ 565.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 6949 - c. 1905 Exceptional White Irish Crochet Trained Skirt!  WEARABLE SIZE!   Irish Crochet.... there is really no lace better (at least that's MY opinion!).   The prices (as you probably know) have skyrocketed for Irish Crochet lace, and the gowns and skirts especially. You will need to wear a slip under, or get a few made in various colors to give the skirt lots of different looks.  Imagine over nude, or white, or pastel, or black!  Whatever you love!  The lace includes small roses, canterbury bells on vines, large multi-layered 3-D petal flowers and circular inserts of knotted net lace. LOVE the floral hemline Ecru silk waistband.  Measures:  a WEARABLE 27" waist, 40" long in front, 50" long in back. Excellent condition.  Also Listed in the Wedding Section.

$ 2,250.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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 # 11127 - c. 1897/1898 Victorian Bodice of Black Satin with Colorful Embroidery!  NEAR MINT CONDITION! This incredible bodice came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  This piece is in NEAR MINT condition!  So rare to find!  DAMN the black satin skirt is no longer with it, but at least that is something you could actually find, or make to go with this bodice.... not that many of you can fit into it, but still... for display, it's killer!!!   The detail or the nearly origami tailoring of the right bodice is also fabulous... check it out... I lightened the photos so you can see.   The embroidery is surprisingly colorful and ... well....this is one of the best black pieces you'll find. Even the lining is near mint condition... and pretty! Measures: 29" bust, 12" across back, up to 23" waist.

$ 685.  
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Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 11138 - c. 1906 Gibson Era 2-piece Gray (Cashmere?) Wool Gown with Velvet Trim and Lace Detail!  WEARABLE SIZE!  If you've been a fan of my website, you'll know that I LOVE gray more than any other color in antique gowns!  I don't even know why!  To me, it's just the color that evokes wealth and class.  The only Edwardian gown I have kept for myself to wear is... yup.. gray! :)  This incredible bodice came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  This 2-piece gray wool (likely walking suit) is trimmed in a slightly darker gray silk velvet and then covered with white lace.  On this piece it's the wide WAISTBAND that is killer!  Check it out..  the pigeon front goes over the wide waist.. and the lace edges both!  NICE!!!  This outfit is in excellent condition except for a few issues.... look at the photos... there is a slight dribble at the front skirt, and a few tiny moth holes, and one moth hole at the hemline.  Otherwise it's really fantastic!!  Even the interior (except for some rips under the arm lining)!  Remember, if you don't want it.. I might keep it myself! :) :) :)  Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 25" waist, 40.5" long from waist to hem in front, 42.5" long in back.      

$ 1,465.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 11126 - c. 1897/1898 Victorian Bodice of Yellow Silk Crepe and Brown Velvet with Embroidery!  NEAR MINT CONDITION! I love when a fashionable piece so quickly evokes an era!  This incredible bodice came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  This piece is in NEAR MINT condition!  So rare to find!  The only thing wrong you will find is ever so slight dust/dirt at ruffled collar and at cuff.  Frankly, you think you have gone back in time and bought this new!!  Killer gorgeous ruched sleeves, ruffled front and collar, gathered back all of yellow silk crepe!  This is all trimmed in a rich brown silk velvet at waist (with large bow), neckline and the fantastic shrunken "bolero" and capped shoulder epaulettes!!  Since this doesn't have a skirt, you could create one of brown velvet which would tie in beautifully... or just use as a display piece (what I used to do!).  I used to buy the most exquisite bodices, hang on padded hangers and use push pins in my bedroom wall to create a 360 degree wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling museum!  It was so fabulous that I (well, I and my room) were profiled in the Sunday Boston Globe magazine section and on TWO shows on the local Channel 5, WCVB-TV ... not to mention on the international A&E TV show, "The Incurable Collector"!   Yup.... all just for having a great display of fabulous antique clothing on my walls! If you want to start a collection, always buy the BEST you can afford in the best condition you can afford... hence I allow LAYAWAY to give everyone a chance to buy the best! Measures:  29" bust, 22" waist.  Not really wearable size for most modern women.  

$ 865.  
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Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 11130 - c. 1900 Victorian Bodice of Silver Greenish Gray Brocade with Deep Green and Rose Colored Velvet and Beaded Trim!  This incredible bodice came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  This piece is delightful!  Gorgeous material!! And the beading, as you can see, is lovely gold beads with white, pink and light blue faux pearls.  Masterful tailoring, but as with one of the other pieces from this estate, the beading is attached on a white braiding and then sewn on the garment.  So, it's possible the beading was added to the original piece... STILL done at some early date, but perhaps added??  No sure... I've just not seen this before.  Some of the beading is missing, and seems a bit unfinished at the back waist (perhaps there was a bow or pin there).  But with all the high-end pieces from this estate... these are fantastic!! Even the lining is in Near Mint condition... and pretty!!   Check it out!  Measures:  31" bust, 10.5" across back, up to 25" waist.  

$ 685.  
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Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 11129 - c. 1898 Victorian Bodice of Ruby Red Velvet and Printed Silk Taffeta with Beaded Trim and Sequin/Beaded Piece!  NEAR MINT CONDITION! I love when a fashionable piece so quickly evokes an era!  This incredible bodice came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  This piece is in NEAR MINT condition!  So rare to find!  The only thing wrong you will find is one small velvet crush and the waistband isn't finished at the very end... probably awaiting a bow like on the bodice above!  The sequin/beaded net piece down the front of the bodice was likely added later... I believe originally it was just the mini-beaded trim all over and just the ruby velvet down the front.  It's still there, you just have to decide if you want to remove the sequin/beaded netting piece, or leave as is. I'm sure this was added quite a long time ago.. possibly by the original owner.  Frankly, you think you have gone back in time this is in such remarkable condition!  Killer gorgeous ruched sleeves, ruffled front and collar, gathered back all of yellow silk crepe!  This doesn't have a skirt, so best to use as a display piece (what I used to do!).  I used to buy the most exquisite bodices, hang on padded hangers and use push pins in my bedroom wall to create a 360 degree wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling museum!  It was so fabulous that I (well, I and my room) were profiled in the Sunday Boston Globe magazine section and on TWO shows on the local Channel 5, WCVB-TV ... not to mention on the international A&E TV show, "The Incurable Collector"!   Yup.... all just for having a great display of fabulous antique clothing on my walls! If you want to start a collection, always buy the BEST you can afford in the best condition you can afford... hence I allow LAYAWAY to give everyone a chance to buy the best! Measures:  29" bust, 23" waist.  Not really wearable size for most modern women.  

$ 685.  
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Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 4176 - RARE c. 1925/1926 MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY, Sports Apparel Gray Tweed Suit Dress with Original Silk Blouse!  Larger Size!  Yup, this is what women wore to play sports:  golf, badminton, croquet, shuffleboard .. you know all those genteel sports of leisure in the early 20th Century.  This is quite rare to find with the "sport apparel" label.   It's a 3-piece outfit... all original... even down to the mother-of-pearl cufflinks!!  And the fact that no moths found this outfit for the past 90 years is awesome!!  Dress of ivory silk top and gray tweed pleat front skirt.  Then comes the matching ivory silk blouson blouse with cufflinks.  Then the matching gray tweed jacket.  Measures:  Dress: up to 40" bust, (however there seems to be a way to increase to 43/44" bust, and the old size label reads "44") up to 41" waist, up to 45" hips, 46" long from shoulder to hem. Blouse measures up to 52" bust, up to 46" hips,  Jacket measures:  up to 44" bust, 26" long jacket.   Dress does on over the head, no closures.  A perfect museum piece for any "sports" exhibit.  Or if you're like me... who just adores the sports fashion (probably because I'm a couch potato and this is the closest I get to working out!!!! :), you'll want this for your collection. Excellent condition all pieces! Only issue is the inner skirt bottom silk lining that is shattered.  I could remove it and you'd never know it was there, but I will let you decide.

$ 965.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 11136 - c. 1900 Victorian Gown / Gibson Era Brown Wool and Paisley Silk 2-piece Gown!  I love when a gown so quickly evokes an era!  This 2-piece nubby wool gown came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  Anyway, this gown is a bodice and skirt (the skirt having an overly wrap).  The extraordinary beauty of this gown is the wide paisley silk waistband!!  This is some of the softest silk I've ever felt... I'm betting it's Liberty silk from that era.. only the best for this women!  The paisley trims the skirt as well, and there is a nice addition of tan silk plush trimming the bodice and skirt as well.  The tiny enameled buttons at the bodice and the larger ones on the skirt are also a lovely additional feature.  Simple gown in the tailored style of the turn of the 20th Century. Skirt is lined in a taffeta to create a wonderful ruffling sound when she walked!  Excellent condition with only one tiny hole in one cuff (see photo.... easily mended with invisible weaving)... it's a strange hole... not from a moth (as there is no other evidence of any moth ever seeing this gown, and it's cut straight.  So, MY story is that she cut out a piece of her gown to give to her true love... as the "heart" on her sleeve.  This is just my theory... I love a good romance story!   There are some occasional small dark marks in the wool fabric... not many, but see photo for one.  Hardly worth mentioning.  You'd think this gown would be eaten away by now... 110+ years later... but it is in remarkably great condition... especially for wool!!!!  Measures:  30"  bust, 24" waist, 12" across back, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 48" long in back.   

$ 1,285.  
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Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 6992 - c. 1920's Black Silk OverDress with Chinese 3-D Beaded Design! LARGER SIZE!  There are lots of lovely 1920s beaded dresses still around, but every once in a while I trip across one that sets my heart a flutter. Sadly my photos don't do this justice as I can't seem to capture the exciting actual 3-dimensional design.  Yup, the beading is built up in certain areas to create an extra dimension... even without your 3-D glasses!  As you can see, this is an overdress, or I guess more accurately, this is s dress that just needs an underdress / slip as you can see the front skirt is open, and the "v" neckline is quite low!  The beauty of that is you can choose whatever color appeals to you and with just a simple tube shaped underdress with ribbon straps (simple enough for even the worse seamstress to make) you can have a few different underdresses for variety.  I photoshopped the dress to show how it might look with black under, but would look great with red or blue, nude or gold... whatever! Please check out the design elements in the close-up photos which includes Chinese temples, flowers, and weeping branches. Excellent condition with just a few lavender hued blue beads missing from around the armholes. Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 35" waist, up to 42" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem.  As you'll see if you click to see the additional photos...incredibly the SAME dress sold elsewhere, but there's was "backward"!   The opening was at the scoop neck side rather than the deep "v" neck side!   Strange!!!  But if nothing else I am showing theirs as from a historic fashion perspective, it's fascinating!  As they wrote in their description.. which is accurate:  "The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today!  Museum Quality!"  So true!!!     

$ 1,685.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10
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# 11137 - c. 1900 Victorian Gown / Gibson Era Gray High-Necked Cotton and Beaded 2-piece Afternoon Gown!  If only I could wear this!!!  Gray is MY color.  I find it to be the most sophisticated color, and makes everyone look wealthy who wears it.  This 2-piece afternoon gown came from the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  All her pieces look to be of French origin, yet there are NO labels on anything... SO.... as happened even back then, labels were removed to get fashions through customs into the USA.  If you go back into the newspapers of the time you will see quite a few arrests for this practice!  Anyway, this gown isn't perfect as it has spots and stains and a few tiny moth holes here and there, but it's better than most, and if you can deal with the few more major stains (see photos), the rest shouldn't bother you.  Structurally excellent condition... even the lining is great!  Love the beading at the yoke and the tulip cuffs.  The horizontal lace across the skirt front and around the hemline above the many, many tiny pleats!!!  She's need a maid to deal with those pleats if nothing else... just proving her wealth!   I show the gown on a bustle, though it's really not supposed to be worn with that... just tons of petticoats, but just so you can see all the material, I show you the gown with and without the bustle.  Measures:  29" bust, 23" waist bodice, 24" waist skirt, 11" across back, 41" long from waist to hem in front, 48" long in back. 

$ 965.   ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 11112 - c. 1905 Battenburg Lace Coat with Velvet, Pleated Chiffon and Patterned Silk Lining!  This is one of those antique pieces that you have to see in person to believe!!!  You get LOST in the detail as it's layer upon layer of gorgeousness.  It stars with an ecru Battenburg coat with slightly bell sleeves with matching ecru velvet cloud-shape outlined inserts here and there and a few grape clusters.  That alone is gorgeous enough, however, under that is a thin layer of pleated chiffon at front and under that, another flat layer of chiffon.  Under THAT, or actually the lining, is an ecru and pink patterned silk of wheat sheaths design. The incredible beauty here is that the opposite side of the lining shows as pink and white through the sheer chiffon!!! And this shows though as a muted patterned pink through the Battenburg lace!!  Seen especially at the cuffs.  The inside is all trimmed in a daisy embroidered edge. I could spend hours just looking at this piece!  Condition is Excellent for the exterior, and just fair/good interior... still great for something this fragile to have survived at all.  There are a few leg breaks in the Battenburg lace (easy fix for a seamstress).  Inside, there are some tears in the chiffon pleating, but not terrible.  The worst part is the shattering of the pink silk lining (see photos) at the top of the lining and throughout there are vertical slits/shatter.  I'd love to see this go to a museum, or to someone who will stabilize the lining to keep this coat from being destroyed.  It's just too fabulous to lose!! If perfect, this is worth SO much more!  Measures: 44" long from shoulder to hem. Also Listed in the Museum Section.

$ 1,645.  
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# 7610 - c. 1920's MANGONE, New York / I. Magnin Black Rayon Crepe Beaded Coat!  LARGER SIZE! You've gotta read the history of Philip Mangone who designed this coat!  Philip Mangone (1884-1957) was born into a family of Italian tailors. His father immigrated into the United States and trained Philip at home, doing piecework that was commonly done by people in their homes. As a teenager Philip went to work in alterations at B. Altman. He then worked for a variety of New York firms, in clothing construction and design. Mangone opened his business, Mangone Models, in 1916. By the 1920s his coats and suits were being sold in over 200 stores nationwide and were quite expensive. During WWII he designed the uniform for the WACs. He was considered one of America's premier suit and coat designers until his death in 1957. Here's the wild part:  Mangone traveled often to Europe to buy fabrics and to view the Paris collections. In 1919, upon his return to the U.S., he was arrested and charged with smuggling. Apparently he bought a jeweled mesh bag in Paris that he had not declared at customs. His biggest travel adventure happened in 1937 when he returned from Europe on the Zeppelin Hindenburg. He was badly burned when the Zeppelin crashed and spent most of the next year recovering in hospitals. The first thing he did when released was to take a flight to Chicago, to prove to himself that he was still not afraid to fly. WOW. So this is one of his early pieces from the 1920s. Black rayon crepe with rows of silver and magenta glass bugle beads that accent the collar and sleeves and form a decorative diagonal line from front to back.  The sleeves are accented with a deep band of cut-out latticework.  Measures: up to 48" bust, up to 50" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition with only a few beads missing... you'll barely notice. Shown on a size 6 mannequin, and it's way big on her! Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 785.  
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Approx. - SIZE 14/16
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# 6244 - c. 1905 RARE Irish Crochet Fancy Girl's "Graduation" Dress!  I don't really know what this was worn for, but I'm sure this was the BEST dress in her closet. Perhaps worn for graduation (see the other graduation dresses etching from 1905) Or a for a portrait painting? Obviously owned by some young very wealthy girl (you know... for those of you who watched "Little House on the Prairie", this would have been worn by the Nellie Oleson character! :) I can just see her with the large satin ribbons on her hair and high button shoes! :)   But as you probably already know, Irish Crochet lace garments were not cheap, so she would have been one lucky gal!  Amazingly, this isn't tiny, so I'm showing this on a woman's size 4/6 dressform (incredibly large for a teenage girl from that era!). YEA!!!  Measures:  34-36" bust, up to 29" waist, 42" long from shoulder to hem.   As it's Irish Crochet, it will give a bit.  Excellent condition!!!  Nearly perfect!  There are extremely minor leg breaks (only a few - I show one so you can see how minor my even mentioning it!), and needs a few hook/eyes at the back, but otherwise.... near perfection!   Just add a slip..... please!   ;)  Oh, and meant to be worn as you see with the pigeon front, but if you want, you can pull down the dropped waist a bit and the pigeon pretty much disappears.... just an option for you.   I didn't hook the upper back/neck as this dressform has a bit of a hunch, so I didn't want to stretch the dress.  

$ 1,265.  
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Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #4476]
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# 4476 - c. 1912 Red Cotton Net Clear Beaded Edwardian Overdress with Beaded Fringe!  Sometimes my photos just don't do a piece justice.  For this rare red cotton net Edwardian beaded overdress I just didn't have the correct underdress, so forgive me.  But wow... if you like overdresses (like I do!), this one is as great as anything you would have seen worn on Downton Abbey or Titanic!  Incredibly great condition with only a few beads missing in the beaded fringe at the scalloped hemline. Measures:  up to 32" bust, up to 27" empire waist, up to 34" hips, 49" long at the longest.  So, this doesn't come with an underdress.... you can wear whatever color you would like!  Closes at back with snaps.  As you can see, you might want to add a few more as it will gap open.  Just imagine this with long gloves and a large Edwardian hat.  You're ready to board the Titanic!  Just make sure you bring a lifejacket! :) 


$ 1,085.  
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Approx. - SIZE 0
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# 11110 - c. 1920 Gorgeous Gold/Red Lame Patterned Evening Cocoon Coat!  I just love it when I uncover fabulous antique pieces from private collections.... hidden and forgotten for decades! It's my job to bring these poor pieces back out into the world to be once again loved and cherished by their new "Mommy".  :)  Yeah, I know... I'm sick.  It's Vintage Disease!  I won't  abbreviate this as that might send my website directly to your spam filter!!! :)  ANYWAY... let's get back to serious.  Check out the close-up photos of this material to see just how fantastic.  It's a red and gold lame "chrysanthemum" design all over, and then at the front collar is a gathered black silk velvet area.  Fantastic!  LOVE the sleeves that are all gathered at the top to fall beautifully in a draping effect.  Excellent condition, though the original silk lining is TOTALLY gone... so it's currently unlined, but really it's not all that necessary with this piece.  However, the fact that the original label is missing is tragic. ;(   The only real issue to mention is that there were some old repairs made at the armseams, which you can ONLY see from the interior. I saw nothing wrong when just looking at this piece from the exterior. Great rolled collar. Closes with one button.  Fantastic! (Oh I said that already!!!)     Also Listed in the Furs, Etc. Section.

$ 1,485.  ORDER   

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# 11050 - c. 1910 Exquisite Embroidered, Net, Lace and Beaded Edwardian Blouse!  Wow! Nice to know that after nearly 50 years of collecting antique/vintage clothing (yes, my first purchase was age 10)... more info coming soon... but SNEAK PREVIEW!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 585.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 0
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[ORDER ITEM - #6060]
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# 6060 - c. 1903 Edwardian White Cotton Embroidered Lawn Dress!  Another pretty and different Gibson Girl era white lawn dress!  This one has a surprising almost sexy "off the shoulder" look with the wide boat neck off the very high, very lacy neck.  The sleeves are just starting to show the puffy mid-1905/1906 muttonsleeve... and has the classic pigeon front from the Gibson Girl era.  The detailing of the embroidery, Val lace and drawnwork is of a beautiful design throughout.  Measures: up to 34" bust, up to 24" waist, 41" long from shoulder to hem in front, and 46" long in back!!  I show it with and without a pink sash but it doesn't come with it.. just to give you an idea.  You can just buy a simple colored ribbon to tie in front or back.  Shown over a petticoat that doesn't some with it either.  Too short anyway, but shows you if you use a nude or colored slip that you will see the detailing of the lace more!  Excellent condition!     Also Listed in the  Wedding Category.

$ 865.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE: 0/2
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[ORDER ITEM - #7438]
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#7438 - c. 1920's Boudoir Art Nouveau / Art Deco Black Rayon Printed Floral and Hot Pink Satin Robe!  The design of this robe is something between Art Nouveau and Art Deco.  Makes it quite an interesting historical design. Has no sash, so meant to be worn over some sexy black teddy I'm sure!   :)  But would look fantastic over a simple black dress for eveningwear, or with black flowing pants for party evening at home, or wear with that same sexy teddy under.  Measures:  15" across back between armseams, 45" long from shoulder to hem.  Shown on a 35" bust, 36" hip mannequin, so see how it looks on her. A bit of sloppy stitching at back of neck (see photo - I'm being very picky as usual!) Excellent condition, though no belt sash.. sorry... just get a black ribbon.  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Category.

$ 425. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Small


[ORDER ITEM - #11049]
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# 11049 - c. 1900's Purple/Blue Wool 2-piece Suit with Black Faille Trim!  Here's another piece that will look purple in certain lights and blue in other lights, so I won't even bother to call it one or the other. It's somewhere in-between.  I love the design... especially the skirt with the unique "diamond" pointed waist and soutache at top... and I also love the many "military" button design on both the skirt and the jacket.  Always been one of my favorite looks in suits!!!  So now... the bad news.  Both the jacket and the skirt are riddled with small moth holes. :(  You will see them here and there, and as you can see, there is just a bit of fading on one sleeve - though it's worse in the photo than in person.  So... if you love "her", you just have to deal with the fact that the moths loved it as well over the 100+ years.  Oh, and one of the buttons has lost the faille, so will need to be recovered.  Measures:  up to 36" bust, 29" waist, 42" long skirt from waist to hem in front, 43" long in back. Lined in ivory silk.  

$ 465.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE: 6/8
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[ORDER ITEM - #11051]
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# 11051 - c. 1915 Purple Silk Print Dress with Blue Lace Trim OK, I call this purple, and it is... in certain lights.  In other lights you will think I'm crazy and it will look blue!   SO before you call me nuts, take the dress into various lights and I will be vindicated!  Whatever the color, it's great. Check out the close up photos to see the detail of the tiny hanging balls from the double hanging sash lined in a pink silk to match the very thin pink trim at the neck and sleeves.  The major trim is blue lace in assymetrical design.  Ecru lace completes the look.  Excellent condition.  Measures: 34" bust, 28" high waistline, 51" long from shoulder to hem.   Lined in cotton so it's in great shape inside and out. GREAT dress to wear with your 1915 era Automobile Club, or to your WWI party, or first year Downton Abbey party!!  

$ 685.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE: 4/6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5994]
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# 5994 - c. 1928/1929 Pink Silk Chiffon Flapper Dress with Silver Beads! At first glance, this dress is killer, but sadly it has some issues.  There are beads missing (there are thousands more still there!) in the intricate tiny beaded design all over the front and back bodice and hipline. The double layered chiffon skirt (top layer being hanging scarves) has some spots and tiny holes and some discoloration. There is underarm discoloration as well, and one tiny hole at upper back middle.  This dress can be worn, and none of the problems are overly distracting, but that's why it's priced accordingly.  Still you gotta love it!!  Measures:  up to 35" bust, up to 35/36" hips (shown on 36" hips, and it's slightly tight, so smaller would be better).      FINAL SALE ITEM!

$ 565. ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE: 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #11005]
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# 11005 - c. 1910-1912 White Embroidered, Lace and Cutwork Lawn Dress!   These white cotton or linen dresses of the Edwardian era were called lawn dresses, or lingerie dresses, or "whites"... and probably lots of other names as well. Basically they were the summer day dresses and could be worn with a variety of colored slips/linings.  Usually pink or light blue were the most popular, but you can make a statement with black, nude or just about any other color under you would like!  Please just wear SOMETHING under!! :)   This dress is one of those easily wearable ones... no high neck to choke you, 3/4 length sleeves, wide waistband inset to wear with or without a belt or sash, and nice lace design throughout.  Tiny crochet buttons up the back.  Excellent condition with just a slight "messiness" at back waist (see photo).  Measures:  33" bust, up to 26" slightly empire waist, up to 40" hips, 53.5" long from shoulder to hem.    Also Listed in the Wedding Section

$ 545. ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE: 0/2
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SOLD
# 11004 - c. 1907-1910 Elaborate White Cutwork and Mixed Lace and Embroidered Lawn Dress!   These white cotton or linen dresses of the Edwardian era were called lawn dresses, or lingerie dresses, or "whites"... and probably lots of other names as well. Basically they were the summer day dresses and could be worn with a variety of colored slips/linings.  Usually pink or light blue were the most popular, but you can make a statement with black, nude or just about any other color under you would like!  Please just wear SOMETHING under!! :)   This dress has a bit of the pigeon front (or "monobosom" that was so popular in the early 1900's.... and made popular in the paintings and drawings of "The Gibson Girl" with her hair piled high on her head. If you don't like the pigeon front, you can always easily make some quick easy tucks and it will fit your bust in a more modern look.  Just please baste anything you might do... so the dress can be returned to its original shape for the next person who might inherit it.  Remember, we are just passing through time.  This dress will outlive most of us if treated with respect!!    Measures: up to 37" bust (due to pigeon), up to 26" slightly empire waist (so measure yourself under your breasts or ribcage), up to 39" hips, 55" long in front from shoulder to hem, 58" long in back.  Excellent condition!!  Just 2 slight spots at the very hemline and one opening of the last in the back waist (easy fix... see photos).  Cute little buttons at back to close.   One of the Good Ones... easy to wear 1/2 sleeves and doesn't have the constricting high neck.  Whoo Whoo!  Also Listed in the  Wedding Category.

$ 785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE: 2/4
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[ORDER ITEM - #5995]
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# 5995 - c. 1926 HOUSE OF WEEKS, Paris Silver Sequin and Beaded Crepe Chiffon and Silver Lame Flapper Dress!! MUSEUM QUALITY AND DESIGN!   I just found this dress hiding in the community theater costume department of a well-to-do Connecticut town.  The same place I happened to find a Worth 1920s coat!!  I knew it was gorgeous, but looking inside and finding the Weeks, Paris label I nearly fell off my feet.   Not only that, but the still attached original interior silver lame lace-trimmed slip is as bright as I have ever seen antique lame!!!  The vintage gods must have been kind in saving this Museum Quality dress in this condition!!  There is very little information about the House of Weeks, however, the few pieces I have found (mostly from the 1910s) currently reside in the famed Museum of Metropolitan Art (MET) in New York City (see photos of those gowns, etc by clicking on the flapper dress!)  In addition, the Chicago History Museum has the House of Weeks trained, embroidered gown commissioned by Mrs. Bertha Honore Palmer (wife of Chicago Millionaire Potter Palmer who founded Marshall Field and Company Department Stores) to be worn to the Coronation of King George V in London in 1911.  The embroidery on her gown was similar to the embroidery on the gown worn by Queen Mary at that Coronation! This is all just to give you a clue as to just how special this label is!!   As good as all those other more well-known designer labels of the era.  The dress is covered with unique silver sparkle dusted sequins and silver beading in an organic design all over front and back.  The chiffon scarves start the trend which got longer and longer from the short flapper dresses to the long 1930s gowns.  The dress measures 42" around bust, waist and hips, 46" long from shoulder to hem.  These dresses were meant to be worn large to hide curves and create the "boy" shape, but it still might need at least a size current size 8/10 to look it's best.  The only thing wrong to mention is the few sequins/beads missing or loose (so few you will be astounded but I have to mention it to be totally accurate), but really the only issue are the few rust spots at the front bodice (see the close-up photos).  They will be seen close-up, but from a far (as you can see from the photo to the left), barely seen.   If you care, you can cover with silk flowers (as she might have worn anyway).  But I'm hoping this dress ends up in a museum as it deserves that fate!   Also Listed in the Museum Section.

$ 5,850. ORDER  (Up to 10 month layaway available)

Approx. - SIZE:  8/10-12
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[ORDER ITEM - #4180]
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# 4180 - c. 1869 EXTREMELY RARE Warp Print Silk 3-piece Trained Ballgown!! MUSEUM QUALITY AND DESIGN!   I confess...I've been holding on to this gown for years now.... One of My PERSONAL favorites!!  I'm told it's a warp silk print.. though I'm not an expert on textiles, so I will just have to go with it. I'm an expert on BEAUTY, and this has all the "bells and whistles" you could possibly want in a 1860s gown!  Fantastic floral silk fabric.  Unique and Incredible PANSY flower lace trim!!!!!  Spring green silk ribbons and bows.  Sweet short puffy sleeves.  Train (every fancy gown should have one in my book!).  The original "apron" belt with rosette bow at front, large bow at back and inside lining pocket!  This piece could COULD be worn as a fichu (if you want to change up the style for the times... just sayin'!).  All in all... this is one of the MOST wonderful summer fancy ballgowns from the era you will see outside of a museum.   Shown on my size 2 mannequin and fits her.  I can get measurements, but really this is one that belongs on display and not worn.  It's in NEAR MINT condition other than a spot on the front skirt (see last 2 photos) that blend in with the print, but certainly there.   It's in very wearable condition, I just prefer you don't "hurt" her!  She is 143 years old after all... and still looks fresh as a daisy!!!    Also Listed in the Museum Section.

$ 7,500. ORDER  (Up to 12 month layaway available)

Approx. - SIZE:  2
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[ORDER ITEM - #7436]
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# 7436 - c. 1912 White Cotton Batiste Gauze Fishtail Trained Gown!  LARGER SIZE! Edwardian gown. Titanic Gown.  This gown has lots of possible names, including Gorgeous Gown! :)  This gown can also double for a Regency Era Gown.  The uniqueness of this gown is in the back more than the front, so PLEASE look at the additional photos to see the draped sides which gather at the lower back in an oval shape creating a fishtail train!  There are tiny silk flowers at that oval, as well as on the front bodice.  The edges and yoke are tatted lace.  Hooks at back. Condition is close to Excellent as there is one small yellow spot at the yoke (see photo), and there are wax flowers which will hide a previous extra gather (I think to hide a spot) on the side drapes... but I gotta say... looks even better because of this!! :)  The wax flowers are removed and will be shipped with the dress, so there will be no chance they will melt in the mail onto the dress.  EXTREMELY wearable... very strong material!!  And in a GOOD SIZE!   Measures:  up to 38-40" bust, up to 31" waist (empire), 17" across the back between armseams, 52" long from shoulder to hem, 62" long in back.  SO... this is for a SHORT gal if you want it to reach the ground at front.   OR you can add lace or another longer layer under if you are taller.  Note:  the pink sash doesn't come with the gown, just get yourself a ribbon in any color you like!  Also Listed in the Wedding Section.  

$ 745. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 12ish SHORT
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[ORDER ITEM - #5993]
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# 5993 - c. 1912 White Linen Cutwork Edwardian Lawn Dress!  Slightly Trained!  OK all... HEADS UP!!!  For the lovers of "Somewhere in Time" movie,  1912 is an important year! Only those who have seen the movie will appreciate this!!   If you want to dress in the original vintage 1912 era dress, I have this beauty for you!!!!  It could use a soaking to brighten it up to white, but it's in damn good condition otherwise.  I see two small spots, one upper bust, and one on shoulder.  Picky, Picky, Picky.  Lovely cutwork design all over front and back.  Second layer skirt like tunic and empire waistline dates this to 1912. 3/4 length scalloped edged sleeves.  Closes at the back with tiny crochet buttons (see photo).  Those buttons could also use a good soaking... though if they are wooden under, that may not be possible to totally brighten.  But if you're gonna be THAT picky, you probably shouldn't be looking at something 100 years old! :)  Imagine how YOU are gonna look at that age!!!!   Um????  The pink ribbon sash was just added by me (doesn't come with it)... just get your own ribbon at the local craft or fabric shop.  Measures:  35" bust, up to 27" underbust, 54" long from shoulder to hem in front, 55" long in back, so best for petite 5'2" woman if you want it to graze the ground.  Otherwise if you are taller, you can always wear a longer slip under to match! Because this is linen, it will hold up easily for another 100 years!!!!!

$ 745. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE:  2/4, small 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #6165]
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# 6165 - c. early 1900's White Linen/Cotton Boy's Sailor Suit with Embroidered Anchor on Sleeve!  I usually don't sell children's clothes, but... isn't there ALWAYS a but on my website!....  when I find great pieces, no matter what they are... I just have to go for it!  I bought this with not a second of hesitation!  Probably from the WWI era, but I don't know for sure the exact dating... it's certainly no newer than the 1920s.  Gotta love the embroidered red anchor on the one sleeve.  The shorts have buttonholes inside the waistband.  The matching belt comes off, so nice to know it survived with the rest of the suit!   Near Mint condition!!!  Fantastic!!!!  Measures 33" chest,  25" waist, 16" long pants from waist to hem. It's a bit large for this boy mannequin, so hard for me to judge the age or size of little boys clothing, so please just go with the measurements.  Museum Worthy!!! 

$ 565. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE:  young boys
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[ORDER ITEM - #7454]
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# 7454 - "1920s Look" Bright Tomato Orangey Red Velvet Dress!   Yes, it DOES look like a vintage circa 1920s dress, and it fooled me at first look.  However, after checking it out in person, I'd say it's a homemade dress from possibly the 1940s or 50s (due to the side metal zipper), possibly made as a 1920s costume.  So it's a vintage dress either way!  But I'm including in this section of my website as it has that 20s look you might be seeking for an affordable price.  The velvet is very soft and bright!  Wide shoulder straps are great for those of you, like me, want to wear a bra under.  The skirt of this dress drapes up to a large hip swag.   Lined in a silky red nylon material. Excellent condition.  Measures:  up to 37" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 41" hips, 46" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 235. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4 - 16 (nearly one size fits all)
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[ORDER ITEM - #5951]
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# 5951 - c. early 1904 Black Silk Taffeta Bolero (or Eton Jacket) with Lovely Ecru Brocade Trim! WEARABLE SIZE!!   Here's your fashion history lesson for the day... An "Eton Jacket" is:  a short black jacket with long sleeves, wide lapels, and an open front.  So... I don't know what the wide lapels have to do with it... seems pretty irrelevant to me, but hey.  So this is a modified Eton Jacket.. OK?   Or just call it a bolero jacket if you prefer.  Black silk taffeta with puffed sleeves.  Simple and basic wardrobe piece, however this one happens to be a bit more exciting due to the Oriental themed figural ecru brocade trim down the open front.  You'll have to look at all the photos to see the details. Wearable size of up to 35" bust (shown on a 35" bust mannequin) and 14" long from shoulder to hem.  3/4 length sleeves. Lined in off-white silk.  At first glance and feel, it's in Excellent condition inside and out.  However, if you look closely, you will see that the hemline of the bolero is worn, and one slit tearing at the seam on one shoulder.  There are no closures (duh) making this an Eton.    

$ 235. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2-small 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #5946]
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# 5946 - c. 1909/1910 Edwardian Dress of Pink Silk and White Lace with Embroidered and Silk Taffeta Waistband!  Such a pretty little thing! :)  This is a photo of the BACK of the dress, but it was so pretty that I just had to show that first.  The front is all white lace with the pink silk almost like a robe over!  Nicely different.  And if you are like me, you are thrilled when you find items that aren't the typical... because after 45 years of collecting, you want to find unique!  That was makes vintage so exciting.... it's finding those needles in the haystack... the items that make your heart go pitter-patter!  So what do ya think of this one??  It's small though Measures: up to 32" bust, up to 24" waist, 48" long from shoulder to hem.  Now it's time for you to look at all the other photos... see the white lace at the sleeves, at the back, down the front... check out the fabulous embroidered design at back belt, and the watered silk taffeta designed waistband at front.  The only issue with this dress is that there is some minor shattering to the taffeta waistband. :(    So, all you small gals... this dress is waiting for you!!!! :)  Due to the length, it was likely a dress for a younger woman or teenager.  But if you like it, just wear with high button shoes or boots and make the short length work for you! 

$ 685. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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[ORDER ITEM - #6991]
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# 6991 - c. early 1920's Black Beaded 2-piece Flapper Dress!  You can wear SHORT or LONG! LARGER SIZE!  Fantastic!!  TWO DRESSES IN ONE!  I found this for those of you who always wonder why I don't have items for those of you who aren't a size 0... of course then I get a few girls saying, "damn, everything I love is too large".   I just can't win!!!!! :(   So I just have to go about my business and hope that the right person finds the perfect dress at the correct time.  If you loo at the additional photos you will see that there is a long underdress with 2-tiered beading at the bottom.  And then a short fully beaded overdress which (if you find another short slip) you can wear as a short dress!!!!   Whoopie!!!   Excellent condition.  The underslip has a side inset that is a different color (I don't know why), but it's unseen under the dress.  Measures: up to 44" bust up to 39" waist (1" below natural waist), up to 44" hips, 36-40" long dress from shoulder to hem, and 60" long with underdress from shoulder to hem.    

$ 1,685. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10 - 14
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[ORDER ITEM #5945]
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# 5945 - c. 1930's BLACKSHIRE Paris, New York Wine Colored Cut Velvet on Chiffon Dress with Brown Mink Cuffs and Rhinestone Ornaments!   I call this my "Bette Davis" dress.  Not sure why it reminds me of her, but it does, so I'm just stickin' to it! :)  Also, I'm adding this dress to the 1920s category even though it's 1930s because I don't think anyone should miss seeing this dress.  I'm sure there's a name for this fabric other than "cut velvet on chiffon", but that's what it looks like.  It's sheer with a deco design all over the dress.  The shape is incredibly unique!  This is one of those pieces for a current designer to purchase to figure out just how it was cut and seamed!  Even the sleeves are unique shape!  As you can see, there is an underslip attached so you show off a little skin even under the dress.  The rhinestone circle ornaments are attached and original in both the front and the back belt.  Excellent condition.  Now, perhaps we should discuss the color.... I can't decide what to call it... wine, maroon, cranberry, ruby.... WHAT-EVER!  Please don't ask me more!!  It looks different in every light, and every computer screen... so if you are trying to match some shoes, I can't help you.  If you just want to great dress, this is it! :)   Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem.    Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section. 

$ 945. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8/10
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[ORDER ITEM - #5933]
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# 5933 - c. 1900 White Irish Crochet Blouse or Irish Crochet Bodice! Wearable Size!  SO Desirable!  I have to call it both blouse and bodice as it depends on what you decide to pair with it.   You can modernize the look with modern separates, or wear it with a long skirt for the correct Turn of the Century look.  If you are REALLY lucky, you already have an Irish Crochet skirt and you've just been waiting for the perfect Irish Crochet blouse to pair with it!  This blouse is in Near Mint condition and in a wearable size!  Whoo whoo!  Hooks up the back.  Measures:  40" bust, up to 31" waist, 17" long shoulder to waistline, 21" long in all. The measurements are large, but you probably don't want to be that size, as it's best not to stress antique pieces.... and it looks quite nice on me at 34" bust, 27" waist (though the shoulders on this blouse are wider than most)!  You will obviously need to wear a slip under - do I REALLY need to tell you that????   

$ 875.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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[ORDER ITEM - #5666]
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#5666 - c. 1920's Large Heavily Floral Embroidered Shawl!  You can find these shawls for twice this price in Near Mint condition... but if you are willing to give up just a smidge in condition, you can have the same look to either wear, drape on your piano, or on your bed, or, as my mom did... hanging from an antique furniture coat rack for much less. Measures:  58" x 60" nearly square, and that's without the macrame and fringe! So it's 98" x 100" total... so unless you are over 8' tall, you will need to wear this folded over - but you probably knew that already! :) As you can see, it's a lovely grayish bone colored silk base with vibrant embroidery of many red and pink roses, and smaller flowers and vines of various hued blues, corals, greens, purples, and lavender vines. You will notice here and there that silk threads are pulled, and there are a few minor spots (see photos).  These spots are near the center, but if folded over for wear, you won't see them. There are NO holes or anything horrible, and you will be thrilled with it.. but it's not absolutely perfect.  Oh, and you'll have to spend some time combing the fringe, but it's all there! :)   You can find the newer embroidered shawls that look similar, but when you feel the weight of an original 1920's shawl, you KNOW the difference!!!       Also Listed in the Hats, etc. Section. 

$ 495. ORDER


[ORDER ITEM - #5886]
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#5886 - c. 1920's Black Silk Chiffon and Black Velvet Cape Coat!  I wish you could have been standing next to me when I was trying to figure out exactly how to wear this piece!! :) Pretty funny.  It's designed like a 1870's mantle which was a "retro" design in the 1920's! :)  And then to make it harder, the interior is so beautiful, that it was hard to believe it wouldn't be seen when worn, so I kept trying to figure out how to wear it with the gold braid and smocking at neckline showing.  But finally... I got it.  Unique to say the least!!  Black silk chiffon is draped from the "nehru" collar and there is a slit for your arms to go through (as you see).  The hipline follows a typical 1920s piece and you just gotta love the black velvet trim which just "pops" under the sheer chiffon. There is no closure currently at the neckline, so I just added a rhinestone pin (that doesn't come with it).  You can use anything you have, or just add a hook/eye if you prefer.  Excellent condition.  The only issue to mention (as I'm very picky as you probably already know), it that the velvet neck seems a bit unfinished or something.   Just seems like perhaps a replacement as it's more like black velvet ribbon that was formed into a collar... and yet, it matches the other black velvet so well, that I it could all be original and correct and I'm just looking for things to say! :)   Whatever... it's still a remarkable 1920's cape/coat/mantle! :) Will fit just about anyone small-medium. 48" long from shoulder to hem.      Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section. 

$ 585. ORDER


[ORDER ITEM - #5875]
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#5875 - RARE c. 1910-1920 Tatar Boot  (aka Chitek Boots or Ichigi Boots) from Eastern Europe Embroidered Leather Boots! Museum Quality!  OK.... I confess, I had NO CLUE what year to date these boots or how to describe them. Though finding tall embroidered leather boots with this type of heel is RARE to say the least!  I've seen a lot in my 47 years of collecting (yes, I started when I was 10), but I don't recall ever seeing anything like these.  But thanks to an antique shoe expert, these were identified as Tatar Boots, made in the Tatar Region of Russia (Kazan - is the capital of Tatarstan). The boots were traditional Tatar footwear back at least to the 16th Century (though I've also read back a thousand years), but became very popular in Europe, mostly France, somewhere in the early teens and 20s when "a la Russe" was in vogue.  The boots look like they are beaded with tiny seed beads at first glance, but that is stitched multicolored embroidery (see close-up photos) on multicolored leather designs.  Excellent condition with just extreme minor wear on toes and back heels.... but the only real issue is the fact they need a shoe repairman to stitch or glue the top of one of the boots (see photos)... as the plain upper 1/4 of one boot came apart as if it were perforated from the embroidery.  Still... these are SO RARE that I have to call them Excellent (I give a little in condition when items are this unique).  Even the nails look old - square in shape!  Marked "40" at sole, so probably European.  I'm told the previous owner actually wore them, so they are a wearable size (probably size 6ish), but I wouldn't wear such remarkable museum quality boots if I were you (though I'm not).  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Section. 
 

$ 885. ORDER


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#5877 - c. 1880 M.A. CONNELLY, 7 East 16th Street, New York Ivory Silk Satin Bustle Wedding Gown Ensemble!  With Wax Headpiece, Bustle Cage, 2 Petticoats, New Bustle Pad and Veil!  Museum Quality Piece! WEARABLE SIZE! Oh yeah....SO nice for me when these magnificent pieces just come to me from long-time collectors!!  So they are "new to the market" from years of storage. I must confess, I knew just by looking at this gown that it was special, but it wasn't until I researched "M.A. Connelly" that I found just how special!  Sure, there is one M.A. Connelly gown in the Boston Museum of Fine Art, but it's the discovery that our 19th President, Rutherford B. Hayes' wife, Lucy Hayes wore a gold damask and cream satin gown to the White House New Year’s reception in 1880!!!!  Yup!  And not only that, but this was her dressmaker of choice (per Feb. 2009 issue of "Past Times", a publication produced by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center).  The article reads:  "In January 1880, 'Mrs. R.B. Hayes' went shopping at M.A. Connelly in New York.  There she ordered three new gowns for White House functions.  The receipt shows Lucy paid $300 for a 'green striped velvet' dress, $225 for a 'black brocade velvet' dress, $350 for a 'white brocade satin' dress, $12 for a pair of corsets and $49.50 for lace.  Totaling $936.50 which would be $21,000 today. More information from M.A. Connelly is that she moved her business to 331 5th Ave. sometime between 1880-1892, and according to the NYC Real Estate Records of Dec 4th, 1897, she moved her dressmaking and importer business to 9 West 34th Street. SO.... This gown is exactly at what it would have cost new in 1880 at $350 (1880 price)! And then you are getting the additional ensemble pieces for free!! And the condition is just about that good... nearly like new.  There are a few slight issues (likely replaced waistband, but that's just about the only issue!  Even a WEARABLE size! Measures: 34" bust, 25" waist, 12.5" across back, 40" long skirt from waist to hem, 76" long in back. I can get the bodice on me at size 4/6, so the back isn't too small as are most of these Victorian gowns. I could detail all the details, but I've written too much already, so the photos will tell you all you need to know.  Note: there is a lace trimmed veil that will come with this that isn't original but matches beautifully. If you want a Victorian Wedding Gown, look no further!  Good enough for the US President's wife on New Years Eve!!!   Also Listed in the Museum and Wedding Categories.

$ 7,850. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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#1715 - EXTREMELY RARE c. 1912-1919 KAPO Life-Saving Ocean Waistcoat! Made by the Kapo Manufacturing Co, 114 Bedford Street, Boston, Massachusetts! Also called "Kapo Kantsink (or Neversink) Garments"!  THINK TITANIC!   I have been holding on to this for 12 years now... as it's just so incredibly rare and special. Original came to me from a Maritime Collection estate sale.  In researching, I found this original advertisement showing the exact time I have from a 1915 publication.  This gray pinstripe (cotton canvas?) was meant to be worn by a well-dressed gentleman under his jacket while on-board... just in case! You have to understand... this was designed soon after the sinking of the Titanic... where only 338 of the 1690 adult male passengers and crew survived as it was "Women and Children first" into the lifeboats.  The material is used all the way around (no satin back) with back adjustable belt buckle and buttons down the front.. even comes with two pockets at front.  It's filled with vertical channels of "kapok", a specially treated vegetable fibre that can't puncture (!)... this according to the articles I've researched about this waistcoat and manufacturing company.  Excellent condition with just the tiniest issues.  I found yet another ad that gave the original price as $12 back in 1918... quite affordable for the time!  An original Titanic lifevest sold for $60,000+ a few years ago. Just FYI!  This is a wearable men's size... probably about a 42.   NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1850-1920's Section.

$ 2,500.  ORDER


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# 6763 - c. 1890 VICTORIAN Jet Black and Gold Glass Beading Bodice on Net with Open Beaded Sleeves! Just when Regal is back (thanks to William and Kate!), this jet bead  and glass gold beaded bodice on black cotton netting looks like something a Princess would have worn!  A tiny Princess.... as it's too small for my size 2 mannequin (should close all the way down the front) but looks just as beautiful like this.  I adore the gold and black bead sleeves which are totally open created from a lattice work of draped beading. And the hemline fringe of black and gold beading.  Very fitted shape, to hip length at front and shorter in back with a small "bustle". Measures:  32" bust, 22" waist, 12" across back between sleeves, 26" long at longest.  Really best for 3-D display but would look equally FANTASTIC in shadow box!!  It's really in wonderful condition, though there are some issues.  Pulling of netting away from collar due to weight (easily repaired) and someone at some point added an extra netting layer for stability at front (hardly seen!), and just a few beads missing in one area (see photo)... again easily fixed with similar beads.   For age and elaborateness, it's spectacular!!!  You'd expect to see a Pingat label, but no label exists.  Put this on layaway for $411/month... and then it's YOURS!!

$ 1,645.  ORDER

 


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#6768 - c. 1912 Black Sequin, Beading and Lace Trained Evening Gown! Wearable Size! Yup, a 1912 gown!!  Thank God this wasn't owned by a woman who decided to buy a ticket on the maiden voyage of the Titanic... as it would have been on the ocean floor instead of here on my website in all her glory!!  I also have to thank Deborah L. Scott for not finding this gown when costuming for the Titanic movie, because she purchased many, many original gowns from 1912 and then sadly they were trashed in the filming of the movie!!   I remember at that time that so many 1912 evening gowns were bought for the film that there was a dirth of them for quite a number of years on the open market!  REALLY True!  So again... I'm glad this little beauty was neatly tucked away... waiting just for me... and you! :)  Black lace gown teeming with black sequins in a design of swirling fern frond bands diagonally placed to create a feeling of motion even when still! Jet beaded font and back bodice inserts, jet beaded fringe on the short sleeves, neckline and wraps diagonally across the torso. Boned bodice.  Black taffeta lining with ruffled hemline shorter than the gown so one can see the beaded/sequin pattern around the hemline.  Just gorgeous!  Excellent condition however there are a few condition issues to discuss... the black taffeta lining is tearing on the skirt portion only...the bodice lining and hem ruffle are fine... so frankly a fairly easy seamstress job of replacing the mid portion of the lining, or backing for what is there, or leave be and just add another black lining under.  Other than that, there are small net tears to upper (hanger, argh) sleeves, again easy to fix, and browning of the black lace in some areas (again, easy to fix if you must - see photos).  Nothing terribly difficult to deal with... and certainly the look of this gown is worth any of these minor efforts! Measures a wearable: 36/37" bust (perhaps a bit more with care), up to 25" waist best (perhaps a smidge more), up to 40" hip, 61" long from shoulder to hem in front and 75" long in back.

$ 2,450.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4, perhaps 6 (with small waist)
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#4714 - c. 1878 EMILE PINGAT, Paris 2-piece Heavy Black Silk Satin Bustle Gown in Near Mint Condition!  EXTREMELY RARE EXTRA LARGE SIZE!  I can't believe the condition of this gown! It's LIKE NEW!! I doubt it was ever worn, and then it was stored in some amazing place that didn't allow for anything to harm it.  You'd swear you went back in time to 1878, except for one missing carved abalone button (damn that one button!).  The gown is 2-pieces. The bodice is trimmed in ivory lace at the neckline and cuffs.  The skirt is shown over a bustle (doesn't come with it) and has nice bustle draping and silk floss fringe.  The hemline is fully pleated and has a "kilting" of magenta pleated satin peeking out from under the black satin - which, according to the expert - proclaims that this gown could not, under any circumstances, be worn for mourning. Actually this expert called this an "at home" gown or as we might know it today, a "hostess gown".  Though I'm not sure why it has that designation, nor why she would have such an expensive gown for "at home"!   Unless she was SO damn wealthy that she bought her wardrobe from Pingat and Worth and Doucet and just had so many gowns that she didn't have a chance to wear them all!!  And even her "simplest" gowns were Parisian masterpieces! Now for the other incredible information about this gown. It's an Extremely Large Size by Victorian or any other standards!  Measures an astonishing 45" bust, 37" waist, 42" long from waist to hem, 66" long from waist to back of train.   Also Listed in the Museum Category. 

$ 5,250.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 18-22
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#9939 - c. 1906/07 RARE Parisian Fabulous Ermine and Lace Coat!  With the Photo of the Original Owner (Willie Mae Thompson Norfleet) Wearing the Coat! Wearable Size!  This coat comes directly from the descendants of the woman in the photo.... the coat was stored for all these years in the homestead and remains in surprisingly Excellent condition!!  There are only a few issues to speak of... other than the missing crocheted button on the front (big deal)... there is one spot on the lace on the lower back of the coat, and the inner barely seen silk is shattering behind the lace at the hemline (see photos).  The silk lining is in great condition (see photos), but the extremely delicate pleating chiffon trim (which hardly ever survives!) was taped together.  This kept it from getting worse, but it's not something I'd recommend! :)  Anyway, I'm leaving as I found it.  You can remove the chiffon and no one would know anything was wrong, but I'd rather leave as much fashion history as possible.  NOTE: The coat was not meant to be worn full-length, but rather to about 7/8 length over a gown, so imagine a gown peeking out the bottom.  Wearable 2-6 size!  Measures: Up to 35" bust, but the back is a bit small at 13" between armseams, so best for a size 2/4 gal with smallish back. Though as you can see, she wore it open!  52" long from shoulder to hem. Until the 20th Century, ermine was reserved for royalty in Western Europe seen on the coronation robes of royal and noble persons.  It symbolized purity, valor, justice and dignity. After that, only the most wealthy could afford something this luxurious!!  This coat comes with the original photo of Willie Mae wearing the coat, and a typed 7-page family diary from 1894-1904 which describes the constant trips to Europe and Paris... and even times when they stayed with Royalty, and Willie Mae's sister Ada's address in NYC which was the prestigious Central Park West... one block from the famed John Lennon's Dakota building!!  I'm attributing the coat as a Parisian Designer Coat as it's nearly an absolute match to the Parisian jacket I have listed below! And I know this family bought most of their clothing from Paris.  Also Listed in the Museum and Furs, etc. Section.

$ 5,875.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4, perhaps small 6
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#4321 - c. 1909-1914 JEANNE LANVIN, Paris Black Cotton Velvet Walking Suit with Separate Original Tasseled Sash! Very Old Label!  Labeled in hard-to-read woven gold: Jeanne Lanvin, 22, Rue du Faubourg, Paris. Jeanne Lanvin started her own line in 1909, so this could be one of the earliest known pieces!  Due to the surprising short bolero shaped jacket, I'm having a bit of trouble dating it specifically to year. Purchased at an estate sale from a wealthy New Jersey estate.  An obviously fashion forward, very tailored Parisian Couture skirt suit in black cotton velvet.  The bodice jacket has a lovely rope frog closure and black silk, nicely shaped collar.  The sleeves are long and each ornamented with 7 working velvet buttons. The back waistline of the jacket has embedded elastic and ornamental tabs with buttons on either side. The skirt is ornamented with 37 or 38 working velvet covered buttons down each side of the lower skirt.  The hemline is surrounded with a box pleated "ruffle".  The skirt is a hidden built-in inner wide waistband with hook/eye closures.  There is a separate (I can't believe this remained with the suit all these years!!) black silk sash belt with an amazingly wonderful long green passementarie and huge, long black silk tassel!!!    Measures:  34/35" bust, 28.5" waist skirt, 40" long from waist to hem in front skirt (may have been shortened), and 44" long from waist to hem in back.  The condition is Quite Good with a few fairly minor issues.  The black silk collar is delicate and tearing at back fold, there are 2 covered buttons missing from each skirt side, and 2 missing from back. Extreme minor wear at hemline and some re-tacking needed. All these issues are nit-picky for such an historic piece!  The only real issue is the silk sash which has fairly large holes and pinholes and is delicate.  But the fact that it exists at all is incredible!!  

$ 4,250.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6
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#4732 - c. 1891/92 2-piece Silk Crepe and China Silk Wedding Gown! Direct to you from a museum deaccession - still has the typed collection tag attached.   So if you want items good enough for a museum...... but don't think you are capable of a museum heist, best to shop on my website!  :)  Lovely thin silk crepe 2-piece gown with draping at bodice and skirt.   Hooks and eyes under the bodice draping.  The slightly puffy sleeves are actually different material of just a china silk.  NICE LOOK! Cotton lined so it's still in great condition with just a few minor issues.  Needs some hooks/eyes at collar and waist.  There is one small spot on back that can be tacked to be hidden in the folds. The crepe needs tacking down at the collar (it's pulled away from the lining).  There are a few spots on the silk ribbons (replace or cover), and one small rip at the skirt side (caught on something... not due to deterioration). I'm being picky.  The gown is really strong and in amazing condition for this age!  This gown will actually fit a human today if you are small enough (in other words, the 12" back measurement is acceptable - not that ultra narrow antique back width - it fits my back.  Measures: 31" bust, 25" underbust, 24/25" waist, 40" long from waist to hem in front, 46" long in back (perhaps).  I say "perhaps" because someone let out the hem at back to make a bit of a train.  You could hem back up for no train - and you might want to because there is a dirt line at that hemline (see photos).  Oh, I added the silk purple flowers at the waist... they don't come with it.  I just thought it looked nice.  Museum tag reads:  Mary Gardner. Also Listed in the Wedding Section. 

$ 465.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0
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#6229 - c. 1926 YVONNE, Paris Gold Beaded Cotton Net Flapper Dress! Handmade in France! NEAR MINT Condition!  Love the label inside this dress! It's a bit light to see, but it's large and reads, "Yvonne, Paris, Handmade in France".  Now Parisian labeled garments are always great, but especially the 1920s dresses because they were usually beaded onto cotton netting (which is so strong it survives in like new condition over 80 years!) as opposed to chiffon which tended to shatter over the years leaving many a beaded flapper dress in shreds. This Parisian dress is in Near Mint condition!  Great deco all over design of gold bugle beads on gold cotton net and an inner cotton netting to help keep the stress off the exterior.   The gold lame satin bow at the side is original (I just love that old lame!).  No closures, just goes on over the head. NOTE:  to get these heavy beaded dresses off easily, bend way forward at the waist, pull the skirt up and then raise your arms over your dropped head and let gravity help you wiggle out of the dress.  Measures:  32/33" bust, up to 27" waist, up to 36" hips best (smaller hips will allow less draping at the hipline), length will depends on your hip size... approximately 37-40" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 2,285.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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#2624 - c. 1910 FOLLER Gowns, Baltimore Ecru Silk Satin Trained Wedding Gown With Silk Fringe - With or Without Beaded Fringe Applique! OK... here's what I've gone and done.  I found this elegant ecru silk satin Edwardian wedding gown with terrific handmade lace yoke and neck, dramatic fringed lace panels at bustline, and silk fringe all over the edges of the gown front and back! So for those of you who love Armani, you will love the gown alone.  However, for those of you (like me) who can't resist a little "Bob Mackie flash"... I pinned on a silver beaded ornamental piece with beaded fringe (!) that echoes the fringe on the dress.  This piece just looks so great on this gown, I just had to offer it with the gown.  So... your choice.. with or without (priced separately). So let's start with just the gown. Please look at the close-up photos to see the detailing!  It's subtle, but great! The gown is in Excellent condition on the exterior! The only thing I could find wrong was a small water stain on the hemline.  However, just like most Edwardian gowns, the lining is shredding and will need to be replaced if you want to wear.  Though it would take a pretty small gal to wear!  The gown measures: 31" bust, 23" empire waist, 13" across back, 13" neck, 57" long in front from shoulder to hem, 67" long in back. Note: the mannequin is 32.5" bust and it fits her just... but she has a tendency not to breathe or move, so you probably want to be a bit smaller.  Also Listed in the Wedding Section.

$ 1,175. Gown Alone
$ 1,275. Gown with Beaded Piece

Approx. - SIZE 0  ORDER
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#6175 - c. 1880's Victorian Black Beaded Dolman Mantle Lined in Red Satin! Yeah, OK... so I called this a Mantle as well as a Dolman only because mantle is most commonly known. However, according to the dictionary... a mantle is a "loose sleeveless coat; a cloak"... so... this ain't no mantle... and yet, the fashion magazines of the time called it a mantle! so what's a girl to do???? :)  Just call it gorgeous! :)  Black cut velvet base  covered with jet black beads creating an exquisite pattern.  Large jet black bead medallions adorn the cuffs, and drip down the front of this piece.  Beaded fringe hang off the cuffs and collar.  This is NOT a piece to wear if you want to wave hello, hail a cab or hold onto your hat.  You get extreme limited movement of the arms in this dolmans as they are cut with batwing sleeves. Fully lined in ruby red silk satin!!  Excellent condition with just some beads missing which you'll never find... and one small wear in one shoulder, one small tear at stress point on back "sleeves" - hardly noticeable, but otherwise terrific!!  Even the lining!  Wearable size for today's size Small woman - the backs of these are usually too narrow for humans today.. but this is an exception.  WEARABLE.  Measures: 33-35" bust, 39" long. !

$ 1,485.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Small
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#3984 - c. 1888 Connell, Chicago Black and Taupe/Mauve Faconne Velvet Dolmanette with Ostrich Feather Trim! Every well-dressed Victorian woman owned at least one fancy velvet dolman or mantle.... it was the pashmina or poncho of the times! :) Many were lavish and highly decorated and this is no exception. Some of the photos you will see were lightened to see detail of black velvet, but it's the beauty of the flocked faconne velvet in a highly stylized leaf motif that is so special.. in a pinky taupe and moss green edged in black velvet... has the look of stained glass! Trimmed in black ostrich feathers, lined in black satin. Excellent condition with perhaps some feather loss. Tiny seam tears of lining at collar (see photos).

$ 1,150.  ORDER

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# 7584 - c. Early 1920's Bonwit Teller & Co., 19 Rue d'Antin, Paris / New York  Black Silk Velvet Beaded Art Deco Opera Cape with Ermine Fur Collar! Oh my!  It's getting harder to find beaded 1920s capes and coats.  I think someone is hording them! Whoever you are... let them come out and play!! :)  OR just add this to your collection so you can have them all.  Lovely black silk velvet with the entire lower 2/3's covered with deco design steel cut or jet beads.  Just the right amount of sparkle.  The collar is an off-white fur which I believe is ermine.  It was designed for you to wear the collar up or down with two snaps on either side.   The FRENCH Bonwit Teller label is unique and quite rare.  Lined in a light gray silk.  Excellent condition with just a few minor beads missing here and there, and the silk lining has a few small tears from weight where the collar meets (see photos) and a smidge of dirt (OK, now I'm really getting picky!!).  The only other thing to mention would be that if I owned it, I would cover the hook at the front top with an ornamental piece to jazz it up there.  Again, this is just a personal choice.   The cape measures:  48" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 1,385.  
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# 11218 - c. 1920's Blue Floral Chiffon Flapper Dress!  LARGER SIZE!  LOVE the colors and design of this chiffon flapper dress.  Sadly it's not in perfect condition... and as much as I hate to sell items that have problems, every so often I do just because the item is so lovely.   So.. you'll see in the photos there is a bit of minor pulling of fabric at the mid front neckline and back.  There are pinholes here and there, mostly near the hem, and then the worst spot is at the mid back of blue flounce which you will see.   The lower blue of the skirt is stitched on with a loose stitch. Why? Not sure, but can be strengthened without any problem.   You'll also need a slip under.  But it's priced with all these issues in mind.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 42" hips, 46" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 235.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 8/10 - small 12
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# 11364 - c. 1910-1920 Extraordinary Ivory Art Lace Opera Coat with Pleated Chiffon Trim and  Embroidery!  So I have a question for you.  Would you rather have a fantastic antique art lace opera coat with a totally torn lining and a near perfect exterior?  Or the opposite?  I'm guessing you'd rather have the former.  A lining can always be replaced... but to have the exterior be nearly perfect... well THAT is rare!!  This is one of those pieces that you ACHE to have the original label still remaining, but sadly whatever was there is gone.  Often some of the best Parisian pieces had labels removed so the US dress shops could avoid customs fees.  If you go back into the newspapers of the times, you will see shop owners arrested and fined for this practice!  Even some of the top NYC dressmaker/shops of the era.  We'll never know for sure unless someone can find an exact duplicate with a label (yeah, not likely I know).   Anyway... whatever the origins... this is one damn extraordinary art lace opera coat.  The fact that the pleated chiffon trim all down the interior front, around the collar and at the cuff is still in near mint condition (though darker/dirtier than originally) is SOOOO rare!! And again, the exterior silk and lace and embroidery is in near mint condition!  So look at the closeup photos of the coat to see all the detail. Including the the open  detail under the sleeve (like a cape), the slight cocoon shape at the thighs, the wide bell sleeves, the one button closure, and even the details inside (!), the pocket, the braid detail at the inner armseam,  and lace at the upper inside back (where the label may have been).  Measures:  up to 48" bust, 16" across shoulders, 50" long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING!

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Approx. - SIZE Medium

 



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# 6630 - c. 1900 HOUSE OF WORTH, Paris Pink Silk Print Taffeta! Bodice with Ecru Lace and Light Blue Waist with "Tails"!   Oh god.... I FOUND this bodice tucked away in a local theater costume department just smashed in with all the other costumes and I nearly fell over!!!  I knew just with one glance that it was something special, and then I looked inside to see "Worth, Paris" on the petersham.  My heart skipped a beat.  This is what you dream of finding... the needle in the haystack.  HOWEVER... sadly I didn't find it soon enough.  Who knows how long it was there, and when the exterior silk started splitting (especially on the sleeves).  It's possible I wasn't even born yet when it started to go, but I do wish I could go back in time to save it.  Anyway.... I saved what's left.  So for those of you who would just KILL to own your own House of Worth piece, but can't afford those in great condition.... here's your chance to own this for display or study.  If you place in a shadow box, you can probably avoid seeing too much of the issue.  It would take a miracle to the tears on the sleeves, but the rest of it is still in stable enough condition... as is (surprisingly) the interior and lace.   It's even a larger size than most (not that anyone is gonna wear it), but 34" bust and 25" waist.  As to dating this piece, I'm not sure without the skirt, and due to the rare "tails", so it's 1890's - 1906 era. PLEASE make sure you know what you are buying by looking at all the photos... especially the last two photos.  

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 # 7583 - c. 1910 Emma Wagen, Lucerne Edwardian Embroidered Rose Colored Gown!  From the AB DICK Estate Who was AB Dick??  Well, the A. B. Dick Company was a major American manufacturer of copy machines and office supplies in the late 19th Century and the 20th Century.. The company was founded in 1883 in Chicago as a lumber company by Albert Blake Dick. It soon expanded into office supplies and, after licensing key autographic printing patents from Thomas Edison (I presume you've heard of him??), became the world's largest manufacturer of mimeograph equipment The company introduced the Flatbed Duplicator in 1887 (!), then went to rotating cylinder duplicators, then obviously back to flatbed copiers at some point.  So ... anyway... this gown came from the AB Dick estate in a trunk with a few other dresses (and parasol)... there will be a few more going up soon.  But THIS one is perhaps my favorite!  LOVE the label!  "Emma Wagen, Lucerne".  Nice!!  Obviously these wealthy women traveled the world.    The gown is a gorgeous rare color... a bold rose color embroidered with slightly lighter silk giving a tone on tone look... and OH those dangled tassles!!! Fantastic!  Lace trim at cuffs and yoke/neck.   Exquisitely tailored.  Closes with hidden hooks/snaps that couldn't be worn by any woman without a maid. ;)  At first glance, it's Excellent condition... however there are a few issues.  Some moth found the back of one sleeve creating one larger hole, and one smaller hole (see photos) and then there are a few other small moth holes on lower skirt and front left skirt panel.  Again, nothing terrible... but I like to try to make sure you know everything.  Only thing else is some loss of gauze behind the lace... hard to believe there is any at all.  Usually gone totally.  Scale of 1-10?  An EASY 9.  Fully lined.  Measures: 30" bust, 24" waist, up to 34" hips, 51" long from shoulder to hem (VERY petite!  She was likely 4'10").

$ 965.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 00 Short
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# 5481 - c. 1860's Pink Silk Satin Corselette with Tassels!  Hard to believe this isn't a reproduction piece.  But I assure you it's not!  Gorgeous pink silk satin corselette trimmed with a darker pink silk satin trim. This came from the same estate of some of the other Victorian pieces you will see on this website.  Excellent condition!!  Incredible!  This was also hand-stitched by a great seamstress from the mid-1800s. Four bones.  Closes in the front with tiny hooks/eyes and then there are two original tassels finishing off the piece.  Lovely!  You have to imagine this piece worn over a very blousy blouse with huge balloon sleeves and wide circular skirt.  I probably should have tried to photograph with those pieces under, but I'm hoping you are smart enough to know what you are seeing here!!!  Pretty sure this would have been an evening piece.... who wears pink satin during the day??? (OK, I confess, I might!!).  Check out the photos of the back now... trust me!  Just as beautiful in back as in the front.  So hard to find these pretty colors!!!  Measures:  32" bust, 25" waist, but it has a 12" back (quite small), so fits smaller than these measurements.

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Approx. - SIZE 0

 


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# 11125 - c. 1904 Victorian/Gibson Era Light Blue Patterned Silk Bodice Trimmed in Ecru Lace!  This piece is just the bodice.  Sadly the matching skirt is no longer with the bodice. Although beautiful, this bodice isn't in pristine condition.  You'll see that the lace is dirty here and there, there are slight underarm stains (hardly seen), but the real issue is that the front bodice is two layers of chiffon... one a horizontal pleated off-white, the other a light blue.  The top chiffon is fairly torn.  The under chiffon only has a tear at the top, so you could replace the top chiffon layer to make this bodice look a bit better.  LOVE the two enameled decorations at the side waist! Lining is cotton, so that's in great condition. Measures:  32" bust, up to 23" waist.  Quite small across back, so these are deceptive sizes to wear.   


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Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 11294 - c. 1906/1907 A. H. METZNER, New York Green Ottoman Silk/Wool Fabric and Lace Trim 3-piece Afternoon Gown with Original Blouse!  LARGER SIZE I LOVE this woman!!! I was lucky enough to get quite a few larger sized A.H. Metzner, NY Victorian (I know... technically 1906/1907 is the Gibson Girl / Edwardian Era... but has the Victorian look so... ) items from this one estate. She was "zaftig" for the era!!! If you look up A.H. Metzner, you will see at least one example of this dressmaker's gowns at the LACMA (see their A.H. Metzner below).. Oh my word... I love this women!  These are exactly what I would have worn had I had the money and had I lived in the early 1900s (though I still think I did!).  ;)  Green (not quite as bright as the photos that are lightened so you can see detail) ottoman (textured stripe) likely a silk/wool combination fabric with velvet trim on adorable matching bolero with open sleeves to show off the silk, chiffon, embroidered, lace and embellished high-neck original blouse with original green silk tie belt.  The skirt and bolero and in great condition (tiny, tiny pinholes in skirt are unnoticed).  However the blouse chiffon is fragile and has tears at the upper sleeves and the lining is torn.  So not absolutely perfect, but still in remarkable shape and WHAT AN ENSEMBLE!!!  Wear a different blouse and it's perfectly wearable!  (The bolero has a small tear in the lining only).  Measures: 40" bust,  32" waist,  42" long from waist to hem in front, 44" long in back. 

$ 1,685.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 11296 - c. 1906/1907 A. H. METZNER, New York Purple Wool, Silk and Velvet Soutache Trim 2-piece Afternoon Gown!  LARGER SIZE I LOVE this woman!!! I was lucky enough to get quite a few larger sized Victorian items from this one estate. She was "zaftig" for the era!!! If you look up A.H. Metzner, you will see at least one example of this dressmaker's gowns at the LACMA (see other A.H. Metzner below).  This 2-piece gown is the MOST yummy, gorgeous, vibrant, purple!!!!!  I LOVE purple!!! So hard to find ones of this era that aren't completely faded.  This one has well protected from the sun, but sadly some moths love the gown as much as I do.  So you will see some moth holes here and there (the worst at the upper back and shoulder - see photos).  A good seamstress can perform magic with hole repair (expensive) or back with same color to make them seen less.  The purple silk is in excellent condition as is the ecru lace and pretty embroidery at the bodice.  Trimmed in purple velvet here and there.  The soutache is slightly worn at the edges.   The skirt is pleated (like you'd see in a walking suit) so I'm figuring this as an afternoon gown.  Measures: 40" bust,  32" waist,  37" long from waist to hem in front, 39" long in back.  If you love purple like I do... DON'T miss out!  You won't see another one for quite some time! (I know because I look for them!).  

$ 1,345.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 7651 - c. 1926 Coveted Light Blue Beaded Flapper Dress on Cotton Netting!  Yes, these beaded flapper dresses are coveted because they are beaded on nearly indestructible cotton netting. Most likely from France or Belgium (which is where this net base was used)... as opposed to chiffon, silk, or satin flapper dresses which tend to rip over time from the sheer weight of the beading, and the instability of the fabric.  So, as you would expect, this dress is in EXCELLENT condition!  Has the great "flippy" scalloped hemline.  Great for dancing the Charleston.  :)  You'll need to wear a slip under as it's sheer net.  But you can make one just by creating a tube of material with ribbons for straps.  Done.  These flapper dresses on cotton can sell for $2500.  Weighs 3 pounds!!  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 40" waist, up to 41" hips, 39" long from shoulder to hem.  Shown on a 35/25/36 mannequin and it's great on her... meant to be worn slightly large.   

$ 1,895.  SOLD  

Approx. - SIZE 2-6, perhaps 8
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# 11214 - c. 1920's Black Flapper Dress with Sheer Green Horizontal Embroidered Panels and Fringe!  Very Deco! A 1920's day dress that you'd expect to see in any 1920's movie setting.  Probably with tons of green long necklaces.  Always remember the accessories for the right vintage look!  Just sayin'!  Simple black tubular shape with the sheer horizontal green embroidered panels (so you'll need a slip under the skirt.  Short cap sleeves. This dress is tailored with an interesting button scarf at size.  It pulls in the waistline/upper hipline and then the very long tassels fall down to the hem.  If you need this dress a bit larger, you can move the muttons a bit to create up to 39" hips.  Excellent condition with just minor underarm discoloration (see photo) and the tassels are curlier than they were originally.   Measures:  up to 45" bust, up to 37" hips, 45" long from shoulder to hem. As always, these flapper dresses are meant to be worn large, so the bust is quite large for a reason... it's supposed to hide the bust for that straight boy shape.  This is not a dress to feel sexy in.  

$ 385.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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#7193 - RARE c. early 1920's Mohair Flapper "Hair" Cloche with Rhinestone "Barrette"!  I've been selling on this website for 14 years now, and I've only found 3 other 1920s "hair" cloches.  Two metallics (one gold, one silver) and one PINK!  These are quite rare as that means I only find one every 3.5 years! :)  This is the first one I found in a hair color and sort of hair texture... actually a mohair!!   Designed as the others with tight curls at back and a "hair part" at the top.  This one has the addition of a large  rhinestone "barrette" which is attached to the cloche!!!  Wow!  These are usually quite large sized... why? you ask??  Because I believe they were for those gals with long Edwardian hair who weren't ready, or brave enough, to cut off their long locks to have the "new" short flapper bob cut.  So, they used these instead.... and all that hair had to be tucked into the piece, so.. they are large for the normal sized head.   This one looks like it was relined at some point in time, as the white gauzy material inside isn't original... but hey.... not really a huge deal, is it??   The rhinestone ornament has a few rhinestones missing that can easily be replaced if you care.  I'll look to see if I have any replacement stones that fit. I can't be sure I will, so ...   For all your gals (and I know there are many) who collect fantastic flapper headpieces.... don't hesitate!  Excellent condition (other than the rhinestones missing and interior replacement).   FYI, the last two sold for $2,850 and $3,450., so this is a no-brainer!!  Also Listed in the Hats, etc. and Museum Sections.

$ 1,865. SOLD


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# 7458 - c. 1911/1912 Exquisite Black Jet Beaded "Titanic" Edwardian Gown!  Extremely rare fully jet black beaded Edwardian gown over green silk with gold lame lace trim! Come on... when was the last time you saw a gown as beautiful as what Rose wore onboard the Titanic in the movie.. you know, her "jump" dress of black beading over red??  Well, now you have!  The gown isn't perfect, but still in remarkable condition as most of these colored silk linings from this era are in tatters.  There is just a bit of discoloration of the green silk (seen when lifting up the black beaded overdress), and there is a bit of messiness at mid upper back ecru lace, and some tearing of the lace under one sleeve at back (see photos).  Although this is in a wearable size, I would hope that this gown is purchased to be displayed rather than destroyed. Just too rarely beautiful!  I can't tell you what to do once you buy it, but just my hope.  Measures:  35" bust, up to 29" slightly empire waist, up to 38" hips (39" if you don't want to sit). Doesn't come with a belt, but probably was worn with something like you see I added in the photos.  Might have been black velvet or black satin.  I just used a satin sash (doesn't come with it).      Also Listed in the Museum Section.   FINAL SALE ITEM!

$ 3,450. SOLD on LAYAWAY 

Approx. - SIZE: 4/6
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# 0155 - c. 1905 Light Green Silk Print 2-piece Gown with Chiffon Sleeves!  I have owned this gown for nearly 20 years! But it's time for "her" to be seen by others and enjoyed by a new Mom (or Dad).  Lovely sheer lace high neck and yoke.  Double balloon chiffon sleeves over silk.  Lovely ecru lace detailing "v" design and at cuffs.  The light green silk print is unique with stripes and bubbles!  Gorgeous!! Measures:  29" bust, 22" waist, 39" long from waist to hem in front, 46" long in back. Excellent condition with minor tears in the lining ONLY, and OK, there are a few hooks/eyes that need replacing (geesh... picky, picky!). 

$ 965.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE: 000
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# 11139 - c. 1900 Victorian Yellow Silk Jacquard 2-piece Trained Gown with Tons of Frills!  From the same estate as quite a few pieces up now.  This was SOME wealthy woman!  This 2-piece gown has more frills than just about any other I've seen!! Yellow silk jacquard (there might be a better name for this fabric, but I'm not an expert, so I have a photo of the fabric for you!) with off-white fine net ruffles.  So... where to start?  The material is in excellent condition as it's built on a cotton lining, so still in much better condition than most! As the ruffles are a fine netting, they have survived much better than the usual chiffon ruffles.  However, there is an issue... that being that (as you see), the bodice and cuffs have an inner lining of gold lame... and that has tarnished through the material, so as you'll see, it's darkened.  The belt is also gold lame.  The ornamental buckles may be newer (they just don't seem that old to me!). Yellow velvet thin ribbons highlight the bodice. The only other thing to mention is that the ruffles are applied on a white braid and then sewn onto the gown.  I haven't seen that before.  Other than the tarnishing, this outfit is in quite great condition.  Even check out the nearly pristine interior!  Measures: 30" bust, 11" across back, up to 25" waist,  42" long from waist to hem in front, 50" long in back.    

$ 895.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 5996 - c. 1929 Gold Lame Lace Flapper Dress with Sequins over Gold Velvet Slip!  Here's one of those dresses that you wish had the original labels still attached, but alas... through the years labels can disappear. :)  I have to start by telling you that this dress isn't as perfect as most of the pieces I sell, but still in quite good condition! But who could resist it?  Oh, and that is NOT a sleeve... that is an attached "scarf" of the gold lace and lined in the same chartruese/gold velvet.  It will look better with an arm!  I assume you have one!  Love the asymmetrical wide sequin covered velvet attached "sash/hip band" and matching asymmetrical hemline!  The entire dress is a bright gold lace.... surprisingly NOT tarnished!  WHOOPIE!!  It's still GOLD!!  Fantastic find as usually these have oxidized over the last 80+ years.  However, as you will see from the photos, there are a few small areas (underarm and upper back) where the lace has a "hole"... which a talented seamstress can repair with a bit of golden thread.  I'm just not a talented seamstress so I sell as found.  All this lace is over the original chartreuse/gold velvet slip.  That slip isn't in perfect condition (see the photos)... and could be fairly easily replaced .. just use the current one as a pattern.  Simple tube shape!   You'll want to find something close in color to match the hip piece and scarf lining (even though those are both a bit tired/dirty. Again, remember, my standards are very high.... I want items in perfect condition if possible!) OR just use a nude color slip would look equally beautiful... or if you want to go crazy, you can use a green silk lining.  Whatever you like!   The gold lace dress is the selling point here. Measures:  up to 33/34" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 38" hips, 46" to 57" long from shoulder to hem.       FINAL SALE ITEM!

$ 795. SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE: 2/4
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# 11295 - c. 1906/1907 A. H. METZNER, New York Black Silk Taffeta Cutwork 2-piece Trained Gown with Ecru Lace!  LARGER SIZE I LOVE this woman!!! I was lucky enough to get quite a few larger sized Victorian items from this one estate. She was "zaftig" for the era!!! If you look up A.H. Metzner, you will see at least one example of this dressmaker's gowns at the LACMA .  So "my" black gown is made of silk taffeta.  If you ever saw Gone With The Wind, you'd remember Rhett giving Mammy a red silk taffeta petticoat because of the lovely rustling sound it would make when worn. That's what you get with silk taffeta! :)  So many beautiful cutwork details in this 2-piece gown... especially around the hemline (so hard to see, so please look at the additional photos!!!!).  Measures: 40" bust,  30/31" waist,  41" long from waist to hem in front,  47" long in back Excellent condition... the only issue is there is a brown stain on the front bodice lace (see photos) where she might have worn a flower.... and other darkening of the lace you might think you see in the photos is so unimportant as to not be seen in person (note: I also stuffed the lower sleeves, so they look slightly whiter in the photos).  Even the interior is excellent.  There are extreme minor pindots in the skirt taffeta... like previously sewn seams... but seems to be back to the original size now. 

$ 1,165.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 10/12
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# 4328 - c. 19-Teens MAID MARION DRESSES Plaid Taffeta Afternoon Dress!   Quite a rare dress!  This dress was displayed in museums across the USA many years ago.  Unique and wonderful shape skirt, wide waistband, bobbinet lace collar, and terrific rectangular red "buckle" ornaments at waistband and cuffs, with adorable red ornaments at the neckline!  I'm not even sure what those buckles are made of... they seem like enamel painted wood????  Don't seem like bakelite, but could be.  Whatever, they are fab!  I just love the asymmetrical overskirt!!!!  This dress is in Excellent condition, except for the fact that there are tiny tiny weakness holes in the taffeta on upper sleeves from hanger.  "Insert Sad Face Here".  But the uniqueness of this dress and the excellent condition both inside and out elsewhere should make you forget. Measures:  up to 34" bust, up to 26/27" waist, up to 43" hips, 49" long from shoulder to hem.  I've found quite a few great ads for Maid Marion Dresses from the late teens to 1920s.  See some with the additional photos of the dress.  Also here's the link to an article about the marketing of the label!   http://tinyurl.com/qerzw25   High quality and expensive when new!  $35 - $55 back in 1921 would be a $450 - $700 dress today!  

SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 491 - c. 1912/1913 Ivory Silk Crepe Jacquard Edwardian Gown with Tassels and Pearl Ornaments!   OK all... I'm selling some of the Edwardian gowns that have been in my personal closet for years.  People often ask me what I have in my personal stash... the answer isn't as exciting as you'd think.  I haven't held on to the best pieces... these are just pieces that have been with me from my early days of collecting.  They are like my "friends".  So I want you to be nice.  Even though they aren't in as pristine a condition as I normally sell, they were purchased with my limited budget at the time, and my LOVE of the Edwardian era (that's what started my "vintage-itis").   So, this gown is an ivory silk jacquard with small side "v" train and interesting sleeves with dangling silk tassels off "v" shape.  Horizontal crossed bodice with lovely faux pearl decoration at one front side (one pearl missing).  Then.. check out the upper back faux pearl and bow AND the unique and wonderful faux pearl draped ornament on the lower skirt!!!!!  SO fabulous!  As you see, the bodice is a combination of plain crepe and jacquard crepe silk.  Measures: 32" bust,  24" waist,  up to 35" hips, 54" long from shoulder to hem (you should be smaller than these measurements).  Condition is quite good. You might need a few stitches on the hooks/eyes as well. 

$ 645.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 99999 - c. 1911/1912 Ecru Silk and Lace Edwardian Gown!  I'm selling some of the Edwardian gowns that have been in my personal closet for years.  People often ask me what I have in my personal stash... the answer isn't as exciting as you'd think.  I haven't held on to the best pieces... these are just pieces that have been with me from my early days of collecting.  They are like my "friends".  So I want you to be nice.  Even though they aren't in as pristine a condition as I normally sell, they were purchased with my limited budget at the time, and my LOVE of the Edwardian era (that's what started my "vintage-itis").   This gown is lovely as you see, but if you look closely you will see the silk has overall discoloration and there are a few small holes/weaknesses (see photos).  But SO pretty!! Especially the lace bodice, the crepe silk rosettes on bodice and sleeves and the lovely rosettes on the lower skirt front!  This gown came from a Museum Deaccession, but I disagree with the 1916 date they have on the tag!... I'll let you decide for yourself.   Measures:  32" bust,  25" waist (empire waist),  up to 35" hips, 53" long from shoulder to hem (you should be smaller than these measurements). Condition is as described.  You might need a few stitches on the hooks/eyes as well.  

$ 275.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 1700 - c. 1909/1910 Edwardian Era Bright Pink Silk 2-piece Gown!  Attention.  ATTENTION!!!  Calling all girls who can sew... or know someone who can sew enough to add a waistband to this skirt (it's already sewn on a band) and who can re-line the bodice.  If you can do that.. well... get a load of this incredible color!!!  This is one of those colors and flow and flutter of this silk that makes you weak in the knees.  I know because I wore a gown like this to an event once (many moons ago) and it was videotaped of me walking from behind.  The flutter of the silk skirt was dazzling!!  The finest feeling silk/satinish finish you'll ever want to see again.   So, sew anyone??  Check out the photos of the interior to see that the bones are still there, and wisps of the original lining.  OH and the BEST NEWS? When you're done, this will fit a normal modern human being!  Measures:  about up to 40" bust (though if you have a wide back, let me check it out for you first), up to 30" waist, 41" long from waist to hem.  The hem even has a sweet black velvet ribbon at edge!  Nice touch! The bodice hooks up the front.  The lace that the collar and cuffs looks to be handmade lace!! LOVE the ruched sleeves as well as the gathered detailing design on bodice and around skirt bottom.  And the embroidery sunburst designs!  And the back diamond stiff decorative "belt" back!  What more do you WANT???????  OK, I have to tell you there is one issue.... at the back of the skirt there is an area that is discolored... almost in the shape of a small antique iron.  It's possible... but it can get lost in the folds at back, and it's pretty minor... but the photos will let you see it (4th to last photo).  Check them out.  

$ 425.  
SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 8ish
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# 5950 - c. 1900 Victorian Gown / Gibson Era Black Crinkly Silk 2-piece Gown with Salmon Pink Striped Silk Bodice!  Comes with Matching Drawstring Purse!  NOTE:  To all who only want completely original... this is not!  It was re-designed at some point in its life.  It was probably originally a c. 1880's gown, and redesigned in c. 1900.  If you inspect the gown, you will see all the original details, including some button holes that are now not used, and even the original colored purple and white silk used instead of the hot salmon-pink striped material on the bodice now! However, what you have now is a nice crinkly black material 2-piece gown with black beaded trim.  It's in Excellent condition for what it is... though some of the beads are missing on the cuff and have browned threads.  The skirt is hysterical, as someone added VERY wide "straps" to it... not to wear as a jumper, but just to hang on a hanger.   They just look funny.   They can easily be removed, but I left them for fun! :)  There is a label attached that reads "c. 1886 visiting dress" so I'm assuming that was what it was originally.  The left over material from the renovation was formed into a drawstring purse that comes with this gown. Measurements up to 31" bust, up to 29" waist, 40" long from waist to hem in front, 41" long in back. 

$ 485.  
SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 11212 - c. 1920's Coral Silk Crepe Chiffon Party Dress with Silk Ribbon Tabs and Matching Ostrich Feather Trim!  Comes with Original Matching Chiffon Bolero!  SO PRETTY! !This dress came to me from an old storage area.... so hard to believe someone stashed it away for 90 years.  She is just So happy to be OUT!  I swear I actually saw her smile when I was photographing her.  She is SO ready for her next Charleston!  Still in pretty remarkable condition... comes with the original and attached slip (often you will find overdresses and you have to remake a slip.. but here you don't).  Slightly dropped waistline.  And that skirt bottom.... tiered layers of shaded matching ostrich feathers with "tabs" of matching coral silk ribbons.  And then a matching sweet floral arrangement trimmed in ostrich feather at the waist.  There are a few snaps that need to be resewn on, but they are still there.... just need stitching (and I suck at sewing so better for you to do it).   And then other than a few minor spots (see photos - slight underarm, faint horizontal line on front bodice, and a few tiny tiny other issues), and the fact that the silk ribbons are fragile, it's Excellent... especially for this age!  Oh, and then surprise, surprise you get the matching chiffon bolero that is quite rare to find with it's original dress!!!!  There is one dark spot on the cuff of the bolero (though it looks like a sideways heart, so just think of it as that.) Measures:  up to 33" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 35" upper hips or drop waist, 49" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 625.  SOLD   

Approx. - SIZE 2
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# 4618 - c. 1927 Black Silk Velvet Flapper Dress!  Museum Deaccession! Great Gatsby Dress! Another simple, basic flapper dress that will be SO comfortable to wear to your next Great Gatsby event!  Just add a bunch of long necklaces and T-strap shoes.  I've lightened the first photos so you can see the detail of the tailoring of this dress, including the very cool velvet "flower petals" under the pink velvet rose.  Very good condition, though as you will see, there is velvet crushing under the armholes, and just a little stitching needed at seam.  The flower has age spots, so you can replace with a new flower for just a few dollars. Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 40" waist, up to 41" hips.  If you are size 6, it will be worn large (as flapper dresses were)... but should fit up to a size 10 or so. 

$ 385.  SOLD   

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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# 11122 - c. 1905 Off White Silk/Linen Fancy Lace 2-piece "Graduation" Gown! I figure this was one of the very fancy, elaborate graduation gowns from the Gibson Girl era.  But this was owned by one of the very wealthy gals, as it came from an estate with some of the most gorgeous Paris Victorian and Gibson era bodices (soon to go up!).  Meanwhile... this should make your knees weak if you, like me, love very lacy girly pieces!!  Sadly, unless you are tiny, it won't fit you.  But Excellent condition and would be wearable if!  Measures:  23" waist, 41.5" long from waist to hem in front, and 43.5" long in back.  As the bust is a full pigeon front it's impossible to measure, so go by the waist size.   Closes with hooks at the back.  I call it silk/linen blend. I have no idea if that's true, but that's what it feels like.  Check out all the close up photos of the details.   I show over a slip (doesn't come with it), so you will need to wear something under (you can see my slip is shorter than the skirt... so you can see how the lace will look with white under, or nude under.

$ 945.  
SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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#4455 - c. 1910 Ivory Wool Ratine Ladies Suit! One of the best things about this suit is the label! Classic! Even the typeface is great! Obviously, according to the label, it is true couture! :) "Tailored to measure by The American Ladies Tailoring Co., Chicago." And for all you antique car enthusiasts... the perfect item to wear if you happen to have a 1910 Model T Ford.. aka "Tin Lizzie"! Just add a hat and a pair of goggles! OR... if you happen to be an early Suffragette (the women's social and political group which became known as the Suffragettes in 1909). I'm assuming in the year 2010 there will be a 100-year re-enactment of the Suffragette Demonstration of 1910. in the UK (when, during a clash with police, hundreds of suffragettes were imprisoned!). So.. buy this suit now so you are ready to join in!!! :) Classic S-curve shape ivory 2-piece suit made of ivory wool rating (has a nice diagonally lined texture). Excellent condition!! The jacket is like new! Perfect lining, etc. The skirt has always been unlined. Measures: up to 36" bust, 23/24" waist, up to 35" hips, 35" long jacket from shoulder to hem, 39" long skirt. You can wear with the jacket closed and not worry about the skirt waist so much, or grab your corset and pull tight!! This jacket is looks perfectly modern and wearable!! Or is it just me??? Have I been living too long in the past????

$ 875.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4
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# 4529 - c. 1914 Off White Net Edwardian Beaded Overdress with Dark Silver Beading and Beaded Fringe! Yes, I know... King Edward VII died in 1910, but I still call anything up to 1915 "Edwardian" as it's more about the tubular style than anything else.  So, now that we have our history lesson out of the way, we can concentrate on this piece.  As you can see, I am showing this over a light blue slip, but that doesn't come with it.  It's just so you can see what it might look like.  And depending what you wear under, it will have loads of different looks!  Like Rose's Titanic gown... if you wear a red slip under!!  Or worthy of a wedding if you wear a white slip under.  That's the beauty of these net overdresses!!! This one has a unique placement of the beading creating a trompe l'oeil "sash" down front.  Beaded fringe around hemline and sleeves.  Excellent condition for such a piece.. and the reason is that this is a strong netting! Sure, there will be a few beads missing here and there (hardly worth a mention), and there are currently no closures at the back (just add a couple hooks/eyes or snaps.... OR if you are a larger size, you can get creative at the back and it will fit YOU TOO!  There is one very small spot at upper front netting, and a couple small ones lower down (see photos).  Measures:  up to 33" bust, up to 24" waist, 50" from shoulder to hem at the longest point.   

$ 1,285.   SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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# 7348 - c. 1884 Arnold Constable, New York Black Velvet Embroidered Fancy Walking Jacket!  More info coming soon! Measures:  32" bust, up to 29" waist, but small back so likely not wearable for modern sized woman.

$ 865.  
SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 11236 - c. 1920's/1930's Plum Silk Velvet Short Evening Coat!  Killer color!  And oh so soft! And look at that incredible collar!  And the two layered gathered sleeves!  These are the things that made me want to sell this coat even though it's not perfect.  I figure you can either live with the issues, or get creative.  So what's wrong?  Well, there are small holes in the velvet.  One area is just under the sleeve cuff at the side of the coat (see photos).  It's in a location that is hidden when the sleeve is hanging down at the side.  But if you raise your arm, you will see them.  So, options are.. just to back the area with matching color so you don't see them (now it's white under, so they sadly "pop").  OR you can embellish the coat in that area because it's exactly where you might have a diagonal pocket.  There is one other area near the bottom of the coat just where the coat closes with more small holes (see photo).   These should be backed with matching color to hide.  And the lining of the coat is worn at the upper back where a label might have been (damn!).   Was it shortened at some point?  Not sure... but it seems a bit short to me.  HOWEVER... even with these issues, it's still a piece you will LOVE to own!!!!   Wear slightly more open or with the collar more wrapped at the neck.  There is a small button closure (you might want a bigger button... I'm pretty sure it's not original.  Most of these I've seen have matching self covered buttons there, but anything would do.  This coat came from a woman who told me this was owned by "Aunt Edith’s (Simon) who was born in 1884 and passed away in 1982 and lived and died in Painesville, Ohio."  Nice long life!!!!   You will LOVE it... trust me!  Would be more than twice the price if perfect... it's THAT lovely.    

$ 685.   SOLD
 

Approx. - SIZE XS (narrow back - fits me at 34" bust, but still tight across back)
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# 7042 - Dated October 5, 1880 Complete Beaded Victorian Wedding Gown Outfit with Original Wedding License and Invitations and Complete Accessories with Provenance!  Includes Shoes, Stockings, Gloves, Photos, Books, Papers, Silver Spoon, Wax Headpiece, Wax Ornaments, and Large Framed Portrait of the Bride, Corrie Emma Lacy who wedded Dr. Lee Herbert Smith in Buffalo, New York. I've never seen a more complete wedding outfit!  And it's not like this is just a run-of-the-mill bride or gown.  Nope, this bride's genealogy can be quickly traced back to the Huguenots in France and specifically to the family of Pierre Fauconnier (his family dating back to the 11th Century at least, and which is said to be "the most ancient and honorable in France). Corrie Emma Lacy (the child of Clark B. Lacy and Emma Sleeper) was born in Buffalo on Dec. 5, 1858 and had one child, Herbert Lacy, born on May 10, 1886.  Her husband, Dr. Lee H. Smith graduated from the medical dept. of the University of Buffalo in 1877, and from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, NYC in 1881 and was the vice-president of the World's Dispensary Medical Association. Obviously the families were wealthy, as this gorgeous white beaded, golden brocaded 2-piece gown will attest.  The gown is in Excellent condition with just the most minor bead loss.  The wax ornaments you see on the front bodice are separate, but were worn on the gown as per the bride's portrait.  All the other accessories are included... the ivory wedding slippers, the white gloves, the silk stockings and the wax headpiece, along with photographs, papers, books, a silver spoon, the original wedding invitations and wedding license as well as the large framed portrait of the bride!  Fabulous for a wedding museum!!!  The only thing missing is the lacings for the back of the bodice (obviously new lacings can be found).  The size of the gown is tiny and short... too tiny for my mannequin (although I photoshopped the back in one photo so you can see how it will look when correctly mounted) Also Listed in the Wedding and 1850-1920s Categories.  Shipping costs will be extra due to the large Framed Portrait.

$ 5,850.  SOLD on Layaway

Approx. - SIZE 000
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# 4445 - c. 1925 Gold Bullion Lame Lace Flapper Dress with Pearls, Embroidery and Beads!  Great Gatsby Dress! I know I'm not the only one who adores gold bullion lace.  There's a decadence about it because it's something you just can't find anymore. And if you haven't ever seen this stuff in person, well... you haven't lived! :)  The only reason this dress isn't much more expensive is that it's been re-designed at some point in its life.  At least it seems that way.  The low back seems atypical for the era.  And there is a bit of sloppiness at the bottom of the beaded panel, and it certainly has been professionally re-lined with nude material at some point as well.  You will also notice a bit of tarnishing around the armholes, and a few very very minor lace leg breaks, but overall, this dress is a still bright gold lame that you should love!  Measures:   up to 38" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 40" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 985.  SOLD  

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
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# 6306 - c. 1926 Black Chiffon Crepe Deco Beaded Flapper Dress with Rhinestones!  I know there are a lot of Downton Abbey parties... so it's just a question of whether they are suggesting you dress in Edwardian era (for the first few seasons), or fast forward to the 1920s for the flapper era (I still can't figure out how they are getting away with never aging these characters even though 10+ years has gone by!).  But hey... it's fiction!  Oh, and the remake of The Great Gatsby is soon to hit the theaters, so there will be plenty of Gatsby parties I'm sure... so these flapper dresses are gonna be in demand... again!  This one is the perfect beaded deco design on black chiffon, with the addition of fiery brilliant prong-set rhinestones that just capture the light.   Is the dress perfect?  No.  There are beads missing that you will see when you trace the design in your head or with your finger, but if you are just wearing the dress and moving around, no one is gonna know.   The only real issue is that one armhole was repaired a bit at some point in its lifetime (see photo).  It's no big deal, but you just need to know what you are buying.   You'll need a slip under, but there is a second layer of chiffon under the skirt which will help.  Measures:  up to 39" bust, up to 39" waist, up to 40" hips, 42" long from shoulder to hem.   Not meant to be worn tight, so you'll want to be smaller than these measurements for the best flapper look. 

$ 685.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6, perhaps 8
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# 7520 - c. 1910 Irish Crochet Lace Gown!  If the Downton Abbey gals were getting married in 1910 rather than 1920, this would likely be the gown they would have chosen! Breathtaking design... one of the best I've had the pleasure to sell.  Please look at the close up photos to see the detailing.  I show it over a black slip so you can see the detail easier, and also show with just a white half slip so you can see how it will look with a nude or white slip under.  You would also find pink or light blue under from that era.  Irish Crochet gowns are highly prized and rare to find in near pristine condition, ready to wear, and in a large enough (and tall enough) size for a modern human.  There are hanging crochet balls at the neckline, at the cuffs and here and there throughout the gown. Crochet buttons up the back.  Irish Crochet gowns are mesmerizing in person with all the detail.  There is slight stretch in the lace, but basically will fit: Up to 35" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 42" hips, 65" long from shoulder to hem in front and back.  If that is too long for you, it will pool as you see in the photos (nice!), but will look equally wonderful if you are tall.  This mannequin is a 32" bust, 24" waist, 35" hips, and it looks great on her as well. 3/4 length sleeves. Near Mint condition... ready to wear (you just need a slip).    Also Listed in the Wedding Section.

$ 4,250.  
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Approx. - SIZE 2-6 TALL
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# 4173 - c. 1905 Black Watered (Moire) Silk 2-piece Gown!  Watered silk (or moire - in this case it's called Moire-Francaise - which is a moire made in stripes) was worn for both evening wear as well as acceptable for mourning.  I've added a photo of Queen Victoria wearing a black watered silk gown while in mourning for her mother.  This gown came to me from the estate of a very wealthy woman with many a Parisian piece... this one happens to have been designed and made by a dressmaker in Buffalo, NY.  However beautiful, if you look at the interior closely, you will see that this gown was "redesigned" from a piece which originally had buttonholes at front bodice... so could have been redesigned from a 1860's black moire silk gown.  The fabric was just too beautiful to waste.  This piece is in Excellent condition... and weighs about 5 pounds!!! The front has off-white chiffon wafting down the front and neck and edged in black lace. Love the front waist with steel cut ornaments. Oh, and I have never seen this before... the hemline is a very wide scallop... which makes it lay beautifully!!! The only issues I found are so tiny, that it's hardly worth mentioning.... the black jet beads have browning threads, and there is the tiniest lace breaks. It's really in fantastic condition!!  The underarm pads read "Made expressly for Mrs. G.H. Lee".  Who knows if this was the original wearer!  I like to think so as that will give me a bit more of the history for the next owner.  If so, through a Google search, I found a Minister G.H. Lee listed in a publication "The Christian Work and the Evangelist, volume 80 from May 19, 1906 (the year after I date this gown!)... So... seems a good bet that his wife owned this gown!  Measure:  32" bust, 25"/26" waist bodice, 27"/28" waist skirt, 44" long from waist to hem in front, 50" long in back, 11.5" across back between armseams, 13.5" across shoulders.    

$ 1,485.  
SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 0 (with narrow back)
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# 3341 - c. 1920's Black Silk Beaded Tabard Overdress!  OK, Downton Abbey is headed into the 1920's so you KNOW that the 1920s pieces are gonna go fast as everyone will want that look!  So I've decided to sell some of my beautiful pieces that aren't in perfect condition.  Just for you! Black silk sheer tabard overdress with very low "v" back and totally open at the sides... to be worn over black or red or whatever you want colored slip. I show what it might look like over a black underdress, but nothing comes with it.  I love the red beading with the black to give a great "pop"!  If you look at the photos, you will see one teeny hole in the silk, but really it's mostly about the missing beads.  There are tracks that you can follow in the silk to re-bead if you are so inclined.  Otherwise, if you wear this over a black slip, you will hardly see anything wrong or missing as it will blend in.   This will fit just about anyone as it's open at the sides!  YEA!  And you can wear a longer slip under to make as long a look as you want.   

$ 545.  
SOLD

Approx. - SIZE "free"
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# 2876 - c. 1928 Black Chiffon Beaded Flapper Dress! Great Gatsby Dress! Absolutely lovely in person. Sparkles in the light!  I added a photo of the dress with a black slip under so you will see what it will look like (note: the slip doesn't come with it). However it certainly looks better than without... especially with the mannequin lettering showing through it (unless, of course you happen to be tattooed with the words "collapsible shoulder on your tummy.  Well... it's possible!!!). Anyway, to make a slip to wear under is so simple even I could do it (though have no time to) as the 1920s slips are literally just a tube of material (one side seam) with ribbon straps.  You can make one in black, one in nude, and one in silver... giving you three different looks for this dress!  The hemline is fantastic (as you see) from the years of 1927/1928 heading from the short flippy flapper dresses to the long 1930s slinky gowns, the hemlines fell gradually in uneven lengths.  This dress was SO made for dancing as the sides are beautifully beaded so look especially wonderful when you raise up your arms to Fox Trot! :)  Check it out! :)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wlNA5VDJaM   Excellent condition.  Measures up to 36" bust, 32" waist, 36" hips... however I caution you that flapper dresses are to be worn slightly large, so best if you are smaller than these measurements. And you will need some room for the slip under.  I'd say best for under 34" bust, and under 36" hips if possible.   

$ 1,285.  SOLD  

Approx. - SIZE 0-4
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# 1680 - c. 1926 Pink Chiffon Beaded Flapper Dress with Original Pink Slip! Great Gatsby Dress! I've had this dress for quite a while, but figured it was time to allow her to be seen by others.  I have a special spot in my heart for flapper dresses, and pink flapper dresses in particular! :)  Measures: 32" bust up to 30" waist, up to 34" hips, 37" long from shoulder to hem.  Rare to find this color... and rare to find these dresses with their original slips!  As you can see, the beads have darkened over time, but it doesn't hurt the look at at... just different from what it might have looked like when brand new.  Excellent condition with just a few beads missing here and there, but you'll hardly care. 

$ 785.  SOLD   

Approx. - SIZE 0
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# 5915 - c. 1920's Bonwit Teller & Co, Fifth Avenue, New York Black Satin, Soutache, Figured Velvet and Fox Collar Wrap Cocoon Coat!  This coat was found hiding in the back room of a local theater.... just sitting there waiting for me to pluck "her" out of obscurity.  I then brought "her" to the furrier who replaced the black fox fur collar with a new one, and now she is practically good as new... and damn gorgeous!   Even the furrier kept saying, "Well, you should get a pretty penny for this... it's beautiful!"  I'd say the only thing wrong with her now is the original button is a bit boring, but otherwise... smashing!  Black silk satin covered with a zigzag soutache in a deco design all over, with figured velvet at the cuffs, inner front and hem to look like fur, and then the new black fox fur collar. Bonwit Teller was a top department store, and I've had other lovely 1920s pieces from there, so I know they were fashion forward and probably imported from Paris.  Measures: up to 48" bust, up to 46" waist, up to 46" hips, 45" long from shoulder to hem. As a wrap coat, it can fit just about anyone... meant to be worn large as always with 1920s pieces.  FYI, the new fur collar cost $485 to replace and the fox was selected to have just the right look.  You'll be more than pleased! :)     Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 1,485. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 14, depending how you want to wear it


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#6777 - c. 1926 Mme. Mazzau (?), Paris, New York Rose Silk Velvet Flapper Dress with Coordinating Blue Velvet Cape!!  Even comes with Provenance of Elizabether Goggi of Goggi Brothers Winery, Staten Island!  OH MY!  Even though I seek out items in near pristine condition, there are those pieces that are just SO incredible that I make a few exceptions. Still considered Very Good condition, and since I've never seen another, it's a MUST have! 2-piece set of dress with long cape.  Both items of silk velvet.  The dress is a rose color with bib over bodice and phenomenal 3-Dimentional gathered two-tone look velvet of rose velvet over blue velvet. A large floppy silk flower on shoulder. The cape is that same blue silk velvet with exactly the opposite hemline colorations of blue over rose in graduated 3-D gatherings! Even the lining of the cape is velvet of wide horizontal striping! Just awesome! White fox collar with one button closure. Condition issues entail just overall dusty/dinginess, a few small wear spots in dress velvet, a very floppy shoulder flower, and the cape has matted fur.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 39" hips, 42-43" long from shoulder to hem. If pristine it would be near twice this price.  You won't find another one like this soon!!!  Very wearable as is!  

SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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# 2215 - c. 1906 Ecru Silk Crepe 2-piece Trained Gown OK girls... I'm putting up some of my gorgeous gowns that aren't in perfect condition.  I really hate to sell anything that isn't perfect, but so many of you have asked for more affordable, yet still fantastic pieces... so.... here we go!  Think fast!  This one is a 2-piece gown.  The bodice is lace all across the yoke and upper sleeves giving that "off the shoulder" look (sexy for the time!), and the bodice is an extreme pigeon front with the material just hanging (so it can blow up in the wind).   LOVE the wide smocking detail at the skirt waist and the extreme "ruffle" at the bottom of the plain skirt.  Now again, don't get too excited, because this is one of those tiny gowns that will only fit a few of you lucky gals out there.  Measures  22.5" waist of bodice and 23.5" waistband of skirt (usually skirt waistbands are larger than the bodice as petticoats were worn under, so you need extra room in the waist for those petticoat waistbands. Got it?   40.5" long from shoulder to hem in front and 51" long in back.  Now for the condition issues... there are extreme minor spots here and there, a few tiny holes at the back lower skirt near hem, and could use a bit of repair at the mid back bodice to close correctly.  From a short distance, it looks quite nice as you can see from the photos..

$ 485.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE: 000
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# 11140 - c. 1905 Gibson Era Green Crushed Velvet Walking Outfit!  From a large Victorian collection.  Spectacular in person.  I know there's probably some fancy name for this fabric... the best I can do is crushed velvet, but it's SO much better than that!  It's like a watered silk taffeta (like Moire-Francaise) but in velvet!  Any fashion students out there????  Help!!  It's just extraordinary... haven't seen anything like this.  The jacket is knee length in front and back, so more a frock coat with an inner embroidered silk and ecru velvet "vest" (reminiscent of a 18th Century men's formal waistcoat or "Habit de la Francaise".  Check out the photos of the embroidery, the decorative back buttons at waist, the wide sleeves.  Hard to see, but the seaming goes down the skirt gores and jacket back. Excellent condition.... the only issue I see is slight wear to the inner edge of the ecru silk (see photo).  I didn't see it, even under the bright lights until I was unhooking the jacket... so you have to be inches away to see it.  Even the lining is great (with some lining tears just under the arms).   A lovely walking or promenade suit for an afternoon stroll! :)  Measures:  up to 36" bust, up to 30" jacket waist, 40" long jacket.  Skirt measures: 24" waist (though the jacket is larger, so since it's well covered, you could increase the skirt waist size to wear),  41" long from waist to hem in front, 42" long in back. 

$ 1,185.  
SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8 (with waist enlarged)
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#6954 - c. 1920's FAMOUS FAIN Knitting Mills, New York - Brooklyn Printed Silk Knit Day Dress!  I have to apologize for my mannequin. She was a bit tipsy when I photographed her in this dress.  Too much drink, I'm afraid!  I've tried to warn her that she can't handle her liquor, but she just ignores me. She's a bitch sometimes. :) Anyway.... if she knew I was talking about her, it would go to her head... if she had one! :). Love this label! In researching Famous Fain, seems this company was selected by none other than the Mae West to create the swimsuits for her 1927 play, "The Wicked Age" about a fixed beauty pageant.   There are few day dresses that excite me, but this is one just makes me want to re-watch the 1991-1994 BBC series "The House of Eliott".  If you haven't seen it, get it!  I guarantee you will love it!  If for nothing more than the clothing!!  On to this dress, it's a unique printed silk knit of pale olive with deco flowers in muted colors. The sleeves are silk chiffon as is the edging of the neckline, strip down front and skirt gores.  Measures: 42" around bust, waist hips... yet that's fully stretched. bust, so you can wear it if you are smaller.  It's just a bit large for me at 33" bust, 26" waist, 38" hips... but still I could wear it if it wasn't so long!  At 54" long from shoulder to hem, it's nearly sweeping the ground on me at 5'2"!  So it's better for a taller gal.  You can also blouson it to shorten.  I show some photos with that to give you an idea of how it might look.  Please don't pay any attention to the bad green ribbon I used!!  It's totally incorrect! Excellent condition with just a few minor spots here and there (see photos). Quite a rare piece.  

$ 585. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE Medium/Large - Better Tall!
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#6764 - c. 1920's LIBERTY & COMPANY, London & Paris Velvet Coat with Floral Printed Sleeves!  Museum Deaccession!  I just love the look of this coat.... all I can think of is that it was the first "tattoo sleeve" garment! :)  You know those t-shirts they have today.   I figure, back in the 20s, one of the Liberty & Co. designers went to the circus sideshow with their kids and saw "The Incredible Tattooed Woman" and thought... hmmmm, that might make a great coat! Now, of course, tattooed women are everywhere, but back then it was a rarity.  No matter if my made-up story is correct or not, it's a great coat eh?  A soft sage green silk velvet in a cocoon shape with collar that can be worn closed or open, with just one button closure.  The dolman sleeves are actually a unique floral printed heavy woven cotton/linen (like a soft wonderful burlap)!  Oh, and obviously in a lovely muted floral design!  The coat is lined in the palest green satin. There are a few issues to discuss.  There are a few dirt spots on the lining (see photos), but the real issue is a tear on the mid-back collar (which is quite easily seamed to totally disappear), and one small hole in the collar at the side (see photo - this is really the only issue that will bother you), but for such a great coat, just deal with it! :)   Measures:  45" long from shoulder to them.   

$ 1,285. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE Small/Medium
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#4492 - c. 1926 Black Silk Charmeuse Wrap Flapper Dress with Bead Trim! This dress stumps me a bit...the bead trim is unquestionably vintage 1920's.. but I wonder if the silk charmeuse is old fabric re-designed into a new dress.  Best for a gal with a smaller bust as there is no extra room for breasts!  There is nothing but a hint that it isn't all original.. who knows. And certainly it's the beading that is so special... not to mention how SEXY this dress is on! The silk drapes beautifully on the body! And you can size a bit to fit by just changing the snap closure at waist. Get the best of both worlds... the look of a 1920's dress with the shape of a modern designer piece! Measures: 34" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 36" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem. The beaded trim is FRAGILE, but still wearable with care. 

$ 245.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-6
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# 11133 - c. 1912 Trained Edwardian Gown of Ecru Silk with Embroidery! I love Edwardian gowns.  I know I'm not alone!  Especially those of you who have an affinity for TITANIC or SOMEWHERE IN TIME movies!  There's just something special about this era. This gown is from the same estate as the many top-quality Turn of the 1900 century items up on my website now. All from a very wealthy family!! Most seem to be from Paris, but without labels. ;(  This gown a lovely ecru silk with a gauze chiffon overlay on skirt and pleated on sleeves.  There is a fine gold lame embroidered mesh on bodice surrounded by beautiful embroidered design... nearly a trompe l'oeil "vest" shape! Matching decorative buttons on the sleeves and a fantastic beaded fringe embroidered "sash" down the trained back!!  Ahhh!!!   Measures:  up to 32" bust, up to 24" slight empire waist, 56" long from shoulder to hem in front, 69" long in back.  One strip of black velvet at upper bodice.  Sadly it's not in perfect condition.  There are bad underarm stains (seen when you raise the arms.  For display, it's still quite good, but please look at photos!), there are light stainsspots here and there, but most of the darker spots are around the hemline.  So many of these gowns of this era are in shreds, so even with the issues, this is still one of those gowns you'd love to own!   

$ 865.  
SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0
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# 5488 - c. 1920 Steinberg's, Saint Louis Bottle Green Silk Velvet Opera Cape!  OK, I was so surprised when I discovered that this simple shaped cape actually had internal snaps to convert it into more of a "mantle" shape!  The photo at left shows it snapped up, and then the arms just slip through the openings... otherwise, it's worn straight down and just wrapped around the body like a cocoon.  It's like getting TWO capes in one!  The cocoon shape was popular in 1920.  The silk velvet that looks black unless under bright lights is actually a deep bottle green hue.  The bottom half of the cape is a gold metallic thread floral motif design.  Lovely ruffled collar trim of the same embroidery.   And then down the front is a unique "chain" of velvet... one dangle end is missing.  The interior black silk lining is in excellent condition with the exception of the reddish streaks at inner back near label (see photo).  The exterior of this cape is in Excellent condition with the exception of one small area of pulled metal threads (see photo) and some tarnishing of the gold metal to a slight copper hue... you wonder if it was original as it still looks great!   Lovely piece.   Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 895. SOLD


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# 6731 - c. 1910 Bright White Cotton Batiste Lawn Dress with Sky Blue Embroidered Butterflies and Trim!  SO SWEET!!!  Looking for a white Edwardian gown that any girly-girl should love?  Looks like these blue butterflies just happened to lite on this gown while strolling around the manor gardens.  I guess the first thing I should say is that this is in NEAR MINT condition!  With the exception of one small brown spot on back hem that I can find (see photos)... otherwise nearly pristine. Very wearable size and strong. There are open weave lace accents on the tiny collar, the front of the bodice and the bottom half of the sleeves. Wear with or without a matching blue sash at waist (doesn't come with one, but probably was worn with one originally.  The blue butterflies and trim are embroidered on to the dress, not appliqued on. Measures:  up to 38/39" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 37" hips, 36" long from waist to hem, 53" from shoulder to hem.  If you need it longer, just wear a longer white slip under to create another tier... it will still look perfect. Also Listed in the Wedding Section. 

$ 785.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 8/10 (smallish hips)
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# 5981 - June, 18, 1902  WEDDING ENSEMBLE!  2-piece Trained "Going Away Gown" of Floral Silk with Black Lace Trim, Black Velvet Bow, Black Beading and Ecru Chiffon!  With Provenance!  PLUS .... EXTRA BONUS... The Original 1902 Wedding Gown!!!  This beautiful wedding ensemble came to me from the descendant of the original owner, so we know it was worn by Claire Gail Campbell Southard (1880-1945) so she married when she was 22.  I have this, her "going away outfit" and her wedding gown as well, along with a homemade silk floral purse, with small (possibly bakelite, otherwise early plastic) mirror and handwritten small note inside that reads:  "The Christmas tree is strait and tall, The lamps are lighted in the hall, The lights are bright, My head is light, and all I know is nothing at all." So, I figure she was on drugs (probably not), or just met the man of her dreams and was lovesick when she wrote this poem... and then carried it with her for her going away!! :)   Any little piece of history is a joy to have!!!   So, now for the bad news.  The condition issues:   The pink floral skirt is in remarkably great condition, however the bodice is not.   The chiffon at sleeves and yoke are totally ripped up and mostly off (or will be soon), one underarm is damaged, and one sleeve is ripped as is the interior (see photos).  If you can replace the chiffon and stabilize the silk, you will have a fantastically gorgeous piece!  The wedding gown skirt has some minor stains, but still in quite good condition, but the bodice of the wedding gown is in poor condition.  Both items Measures:  31" bust, 23" waist, 41" long in front from waist to hem, 53" long in back.  SO.... you are getting TWO gowns, the homemade purse with mirror and poem!  The price reflects the condition, and is basically priced for the beautiful skirt with the wedding skirt, and two bodices thrown in.   FINAL SALE ITEM!

$ 465. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0
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# 7167 - c. 1910-1912 Edwarian PERDOUX Bourdereau Veron & Cie, Place de la Bourse, 132 rue Reaumur, Paris Black Silk Chiffon and Satin Evening Coat! Purchased from B. Altman & Co, Paris/New York! OK Girls... Class is in session!  I've done the research and it's QUITE impressive for this Perdoux label!  First off, from 1896-1900, Perdoux was the 8th President of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale.  Perdoux SHOULD be better known today as he was mentioned in the same breath as the other top designers of the era.  I found ads to confirm this: A Woodward & Lothrop Store ad from Oct. 12, 1910 from the Washington Herald reads:  "Superb Street and Evening Wraps from Callot Soeurs, Poiret, Gersen, Perdoux, and others".  And during the St. Louis Worlds Fair Expo, the St. Louis Republic Newspaper of Sept 11, 1904 reads: "B. Nugent & Bro. Dry Goods Co. (Nugents Store) Paris Gowns and Wraps - Our grand opening display of imported garments...making St. Louis attractive during the Fair.  We are prepared to supply, all ready for wearing, the most beautiful creations of the world's most noted fashion artists - such as Beer, Callot-Soeurs, Redfern, Perdoux, Drecoll, Paquin and others.  To own a gown or wrap made by one of these masters is a distinction of which even the most prominent leaders of society may feel justly proud. Remember too, these gowns are NOT copies or reproductions, but the original garments, bought from their famous makers by our agent, shipped direct to us, and displayed for the first time in our costume rooms.  Prices on these imported gowns and wraps range from $200. to $750 each." (that's $4,700 to $17,600 today with inflation!!)  And then they went on to price US gowns at $25 and coats at fur trim at $25.  Reproductions evening gowns of Paris gowns were priced $65 - $100.  I also found the Perdoux ad from the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.  From the ad, we see he was the fashion GOLD MEDAL winner at the Paris Exposition of 1878, Vice President of the Jury in Brussells in 1897, and Member of the Jury at the Exposition Universelle of 1900.  And older Parisian address was listed in this ad.  The newer address is on the coat label of 132 Rue Reaumur, Paris.  I researched this building and it was completed in 1910 so.... that helps to date this coat as well! Excellent condition, near mint with just one button with some silk loss. Black silk chiffon with Black silk satin trim with loads of black passementerie and lace medallions.  Interior lining is also perfect with a sweet little pocket. Again, near mint condition! Just closes at the lower bust and open from there.  Obviously an evening coat. Measures: up to 39" bust, 50" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 2,845.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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#6157 - c. 1895 A. WALLES, 15 Rue Auber 15, Paris Deep Ruby Velvet, Lace and Jet Beaded Caplet! Ah... you should know this label! First off, this came from a collection that included an exquisite Emile Pingat outfit that was also labeled "A. Walles".  Seems that in 1896 Pingat grew tired and relinquished his business to the well-established dressmaking firm, A. Walles  - who  apparently by 1892 specialized in court dresses, including clothing for the Austrian court. This fabulous capelet certainly could have been worn by royalty!  Deep ruby velvet adorned with elaborate design of sequins and jet beads surrounded in a heavy ecru lace and topped off with large black silk bows.  Lined in an iridescent burgundy silk with scalloped edges.  A few minor marks in the velvet, but basically Near Mint condition.  This is one for the museum collection! Check out the photo of the signed Pingat cape from the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (under all the rest of the photos of this capelet)... I think you'll agree.... this A. Walles is even nicer! :)  Also Listed in the Museum Section. 

$ 2,485.  SOLD on LAYAWAY


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# 4055 - c. 1910 "Guinevere" Camelot Ecru Net Trained Lace Gown!  Yup... it's uniquely different with gold metallic thread and ecru silk floss embroidery and silk fringe at hemline in front!!  Nope, it's not in perfect condition. Yup, it could easily be worn as a Guinevere medieval gown.  Nope, it's not perfect.  Oh, I said that already.  Well, I just want you to go look at the photos to see the issues.  First, someone made a white satin underdress for this gown, but they made it out of a fairly heavy rayon (ugh!), but it's included as a great pattern so you can have a soft silk underdress made (in nude or white or whatever suits you).  Then there are other issues.... there is water staining at the hemline around the back, there is minor underarm staining (not that easy to see, but it's there), there are some VERY minor few small areas that need some sewing of the netting, there is one dark circular spot at the hemline.  Could this be cleaned up?  YUP!  But I'm not the one to try it.  I have two left thumbs when it comes to sewing and cleaning.  Measures: 35" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 41" hips, 62" long from shoulder to hem in front, 70" long in back.  Even with the issues... it's a lovely piece! Priced to reflect issues.... would be over $1,000 if perfect!!

$ 435.  SOLD   

Approx. - SIZE: 6 TALL
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# 11113 - c. 1912 Titanic Era Coral Textured and Embroidered Walking Suit !  If you are one of those who have a special Titanic event, or "Somewhere in Time" event (those who know, know what this means!). or if you go to antique motorcar or automobile events... this is one of those hard to find perfect daytime walking suits!!!  And in a rare and interesting coral color.  I wish I could tell you the name of this textured materials, it's like a textured linen, it's just fabulous. Embroidery on the low collar, on the buttons and check out that great back as well!  Not to mention the tailoring design of the skirt.  Just a perfect piece all around, in Excellent condition (though if I'm gonna be incredibly picky, I think perhaps there were two buttons on the lower skirt that are missing... if I didn't tell you, you'd probably never know!). There might be a hint of fading at the cuff, but I'm not even sure I'm seeing that.   Measures:  up to 33/34" bust, up to 27" waist on jacket, 24" waist on skirt (but since it's covered by the jacket, you could enlarge that waist a bit), up to 37" hips, 39" long skirt from waist to hem.   

 $ 845.  SOLD on LAYAWAY    

Approx. - SIZE 2-small 6
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# 5419 - c. 1882/1883 Chocolate Brown Bustle Gown Ensemble with Straw Bonnet!  Wearable Size!  How fabulous to have an ensemble outfit!  The photos have been lightened a bit so you can see the details of this wonderful bustle gown, but it's a deep chocolate brown silk taffeta. The bodice is a long polonaise with side poufs and back bustle with gigantic bow and silk fringe. Also has square pleated design at bust, and lovely abalone buttons down front. As usual, there is no upper button as it's meant to be worn with a cameo or other pin at neck. The skirt as wonderful detailing of a quadruple gathered  (like smocking) look at lower skirt, and two mid gathered horizontal designs at mid skirt.  The upper back of the skirt is plain lining.  The gown comes with a matching brown straw bonnet  with satin ribbons, ecru lace and silk ties.   This bonnet is small and meant to be worn at the back of the head.  This outfit actually fits across the upper back (yea!), usually that is a problem with these Victorian pieces, but this fits my back (I'm a slightly narrow-backed, very modern size 4 bust, 33" bust, c/d cup).  Measures: 32/33" bust, 25" underbust/waist (as it's short-waisted), 43" long from waist to hem, 60" long from shoulder to hem.  Quite excellent condition for all pieces, though there is underarm discoloration you will see if you raise your arms, otherwise it will look quite nice if arms are down, and there is the most minor pull of the front waist seams (see photos). Shown with a bustle and cameo (doesn't come with either). 

$ 1,485. Gown AND Bonnet SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4 (small waist), possible size 6 with corseting
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# 5926 - c. 1900 Near Mint Condition White Battenberg Lace Over Coat or Long Battenberg Lace Jacket! Wearable Size!  Yowsa.... LOVE this one!  In near mint condition, bright white, and fantastic look and wearable size!  This piece is the perfect length as well to look good over just about anything... from a dress to a gown, to pants or even jeans if you want to go that route.   It can look as modern as anything today to wear over a simple white or black dress!!!  Or look totally antique worn over a long black skirt.  This piece closes at the mid-bust with one hook/eye and if you look at the additional photos you will see that the back skirt is open!  Total slit skirt!  The design, well, the design is as good as it gets. Will fit just about any size from 0 - 10 ... depending how tight you like to wear it, what you wear under, and if you wear open or even move the hook/eye to wrap a bit. Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 32" waist, 15" across back, 43" - 45" long from shoulder to hem (slightly longer at back).  Looks great on the mannequin who is a size 6 (35/25/36).   

$ 1,745. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-10  (Small - Medium)
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# 7569 - c. late 1920's Flapper Dress of Clear Beading on Black Chiffon!  OK Downton Abbey fans.... as you know, they are now in the 1920's, and so fabulous beaded flapper dresses will be flying even faster than usual. Not to mention the upcoming Great Gatsby movie with Leonardo DiCaprio soon!   I'm showing this dress without the slip that you will need to wear under, but the beauty is that you can change up the look of the dress with the color slip you wear!   And 1920's slips are SO simple to make that even I (two thumbs Burke) could make one in an hour!  It's a simple tube of fabric (you only need one seam) with ribbons for straps and you are done!!  Make one in every color! Wear nude under for this look.  Wear black under for a classy sparkly look.  Wear red under for a "Titanic Rose Gown" look.  WHATEVER!  Love the two chiffon scarves attached at the front skirt for that "flapper" styling, even though this dress is heading into the 1930's with the "high / low" skirt hemline.  Measures:  up to 40" bust, up to 40" waist, up to 42" hips. You want to wear this large, so you want to be smaller than these measurements. Looks great on the 35/25/36 mannequin!  This dress is in Excellent condition with the exception of two little tiny holes at the upper back (see two last photos), a few missing beads (but I really mean just a few!), and there are old seam tracks on the sides that are barely seen.  Really it's terrific!    

$ 965.   SOLD
 

Approx. - SIZE 2-8
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#6567 - c. 1908 All Lace Princess Trained Gown with Wool Inserts!  OK kiddies.... Like I say all the time, "I try to sell the 'best of the best'"! One look at this frothy confection will likely make your blood pressure go through the roof.  If it doesn't, then you have no business being on this website!  :)  Princess shape, all spider lace gown with high frilly lace neck and train.  The photo at left shows the gown with a white petticoat under the skirt which is why it's whiter than the bodice.  I should have found a full slip for the photo, but hey... I figure you can use your imagination just a bit to see what the gown might look like with various colored slips under.... nude, white, pink, light blue, ecru.... whatever your little heart desires!  Even black if you want to get crazy!  Check out  the close-up photos to see the design detail.  The inserts are a woven ecru wool that no moth has ever found! Hooks up the back. Near Mint condition!  This is short, so a slip with lace at hem that peeks out the bottom will work for a taller gal.  The neck and sleeves are also especially tight, so you might need to add a bit of lace to fit you. For those of you who collect, or display.... you will never find a better lace gown!  Measures:  33" bust, 27" waist, 53" long from shoulder to hem in front, 67" long in back, 11.5" neck, tight arms.   Also Listed in the Wedding Section.

$ 2,485.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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SOLD

 

# 5454 - c. 1912 "Titanic" Edwardian Gown of Ivory Silk, Gold Lame and Floral Chiffon! This gown came to me from the estate of a woman named Margarite who was the owner's Grandmother's cousin. The woman was tall and lovely, but never married!  She had a wardrobe of lovely clothing and obviously took wonderful care of them.  I have little other information about her, but from this dress you can see she had some wealth and certainly had great style!!  This gown has it all.  Extraordinary light blue floral printed silk chiffon trimmed in gold bullion lace and embroidery on sleeves and back "peplum".  This is all over an ivory silk skirt gathered up at back with tiny little rhinestones with long double sashes ending in gold bullion  tassels.  There are matching tassels are at front, hanging off the long sheer "scarves" (one tassel has become unraveled - see photos).  To top it all off is the wide gold lame sash at waist with matching huge bow at front. I'd love to know the event she wore this to!  Perhaps to Ascot Races... you know.... with Eliza Doolittle from "My Fair Lady" (Audrey Hepburn's famous gown)! :)   Incredibly, this gown is even in a wearable size (shown on my size 6 mannequin). Measures: 34" bust, up to 28" waist, 59" long from shoulder to hem.  Condition is Very Good, not perfect (but you have to understand that for this to have survived 100 years in this condition is a near miracle!!!).   There are some minor holes in the chiffon/netting (see photos) mostly around the neckline, and there are a few tiny light spots here and there.  Most people would call this Excellent.  But I'm the pickiest person you will find.. I want my customers to say "much better than I expected"! :)  This is wearable only with great care for quick photo shoot or portrait.  But what an exceptional display piece!!!   FINAL SALE ITEM!

$ 635. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4, small 6 (so not to stress it)
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# 5970 - c. 1880's Lovely Silk Soft Black Cut Velvet 2-piece Trained Gown with Handmade Ivory Lace Trim! WEARABLE SIZE!! Check out the photos of Lovely Linda wearing this gown!!!  It seems to be getting harder to find really nice, wearable, fancy, Victorian bustle gowns... especially a gown with handmade Brussels lace at the cuffs and around low square neckline.  And oh, the cut velvet!!  I have a passions for it, so forgive me if I swoon.  Even the hemline is quite different at the front with two additional rows of pleating of black and ivory.  Nice touch.  I don't know if you can see the simple, but quite pretty ribbons at the cuffs as well.  Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 25" waist (you can always fudge a few inches as it's covered at the back!  Cheating is acceptable!!), 42" long skirt from waist to hem.  Look inside the hemline to still see the original lace dust ruffle.  The interior of the skirt still has the bustle ties at back.   What look like steel cut buttons are reproductions that are SO damn good that they fooled me at first glance!  The original buttons were very similar, but some were missing, so now, at least,  they are all there (yea!).  The hooks/eyes are there to attach the bodice to the skirt.  Excellent condition with exceptions:  There is some fraying at the front near the buttons and a smidge near the waistband (see last two photos). The fraying luckily disappears pretty well in the cut velvet.  And there are a few minor spots on the lace (see photo).  And the very bottom of the skirt is split at the hemline.  So...  if you want a beautiful Victorian gown you can wear to your next event... this is it!    If perfect condition, this would list for nearly $2,000. 

$ 1,285. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4, perhaps 6
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# 4675 - c. 1860 Evening Gown of Graige Color Shot Taffetas and Brocade with Detachable Pagoda Sleeves and Original Pelerine!  FIVE Pieces! Nearly impossible these days to find extraordinary 1860's gowns outside of museums.  I just happen to have a couple that I was lucky enough to get years ago... and I am finally ready to part with them. Though it ain't easy.  This one has 4 different looks!!  The ballgown short sleeved bodice comes with the original detachable pagoda sleeves, and then the additional original matching pelerine worn over the bodice with the short or long sleeves.  A KILLER GOWN!  The short and long sleeves and pelerine are all edged in silk floss fringe, and embellished with an incredible brown and graige brocade.  This brocade is then used in wide double panels on both sides of the skirt as faux sashes!!! Awesome!!  Has all the other details you want.... deep "v" at front of bodice, cartridge pleats, padded bosom (!), button front pelerine, off-the-shoulder bodice, corseted back with what looks to be original ties.  This gown is is very strong condition.  The only issues are underarm stains (see photos) and sadly a section on the front of the skirt that is water stained (quite possibly used as a wedding gown and the flower bouquet leaked.... that's about where you'll find the problem (see photos).   It just has to be forgiven to have such a killer all original gown. Measures: 33" bust (but all in front), 23" waist, 14" across back, 44" long from waist to hem (shown on the 30" bust, 22" waist mannequin and it fits her, so you won't want to be larger than her).   NOTE:  I didn't tie up the corset back on this piece because the less I worked with the corset ties, the better, so ... the photos of the upper back don't look as beautiful as it might.  Sorry about that... I thought it was more important to baby this beauty.  Once she is yours, you will be happy I was so thoughtful! :) 

$ 2,650. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE: 00
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# 3309 - c. 1901 G. C. Clark Ballgown of Embroidered Net! This is a 2-piece gown of extraordinary beauty.... and will need to find a new "Mommy" or "Daddy" to adopt her.  First things first... this piece is unique!  The exterior net bodice and skirt have gorgeous "empiecements" of lavender floral painted cream colored taffeta!!!!  I've never seen anything quite so fantastic on netting!!  The net pieces are in quite good condition, and though the underarms do have some darkening (not bad).  But sadly, the lavender taffeta slip that was originally worn under is in poor condition.  However, it's still in one piece to be used as a pattern... and surprisingly the taffeta ruffles at the bottom are still in quite sound condition, so those can be reused onto a new slip.  The person who previously owned this gown had gone so far as to find 3 years of lavender taffeta that is quite close in color and that will come with this for you to create the new slip.  The bodice again is quite good on the exterior, but the lavender taffeta lining is only in fair condition... and will need work if you want this piece to survive another 100+ years.   The various shades of purple/lavender ribbons are a bit "tired" looking, but incredibly the black chiffon long sash is in quite good condition! (usually these are in shreds!).  Rhinestone ornaments complete the gown.  Measures: 34" bust, but fits more like a 32" bust, 24" waist, 47" long from waist to hem (VERY LONG!!!!!). Tight armholes (you'll need skinny upper arms). If you DO decide to wear this, it will need some work re: the lining and you will want to wear undergarments that hold you in so you don't stress the netting.  However, if your mannequin or dressform wears it... she usually has great muscle tone so she probably won't need the Spanx!  :)   You'll not find another piece this pretty...  well, I guess I can't guarantee that... but I've held on to this piece for 10 years.. so you have a clue how much I love it!  Would be twice the price or more if perfect. It's THAT fabulous!! 

$ 1,365. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE: 0 TALL!!!
(check measurements above) 


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# 5934 - c. 1900 Brussels Lace Trained Skirt!  NEAR MINT CONDITION! I'm hoping you have a blouse to wear with this skirt, because it's glorious!  If you are really modern, just wear a catsuit under.  Start a new trend on the runway. Guaranteed to get you photographed! :)  If you are slightly more traditional, wear over a simple petticoat of white, black, pink, light blue, or whatever color (each color will give a totally different look!).  The final two photographs I show are over an ecru slip (doesn't come with it).  Would make a lovely wedding gown skirt with a simple bustier bodice (oh, and slip of course!). Near Mint condition (I'd say Mint, but I NEVER say Mint.  Nothing is Mint) !!  Measures:  25/26" waist, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 56" long in back. Gorgeous textile!!    

$ 1,745. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above) 


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# 11053 - c. 1926 Flapper OverDress of Dark Ecru Colored Filet Horizontal Lace and Embroidery!  I Sorry, it was very hard to get a good photo of this dress because it's such a nude color.  I photographed over a light blue dress as well figuring that would work but it's still a bit hard to see all the detail.  You'll just have to buy it to see it! :)   These 1920s lace overdresses are great as you can change them depending on what color you wear under.  If you wear black under, it will be quite dramatic.  If you wear nude under, it's just a minor contrast.   This dress has a pretty "flippy" bottom and short sleeves and round neck.  Easy to wear... just slip on over the head.  Excellent condition with just one tiny hole near the collar and a few tiny pinholes in skirt panel, and extreme minor light spots (see photos).   Picky, Picky!   Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 43" hips (Meant to be worn large, so looks great on smaller sizes!), 44" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 425.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE: 4  - 8
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# 5813 - c. 1870's / 1880's Tan Linen "Motoring" or "Carriage" Bustle Coat or Traveling Cloak or Duster Coat!  STEAMPUNK!  Usually these linen coats are associated with early motorcars... designed long to cover the entire outfit to keep the mud and dirt from soiling the fine clothing underneath. However, this is one of the early ones... so prior to the advent of motorcars, it would have been for an open carriage.  Shaped to allow for a bustle at back, and with the classic 1870's/1880's mantle sleeves.  Now normally I'm a stickler for condition and hate all spots and stains on anything.  However... when it comes to these traveling cloaks, the spots and stains add character!!!  I wouldn't want to see one of these without it!  So I show most of the important spots for you to see. Otherwise it's in great condition (though will need an airing out as it has a musty odor)!  All the original linen buttons are there, love the unexpected brown ruffle trim, and check out that cape back as well as buttons at back skirt. Please look at all the photos to see all the beauty. Measures: up to 38" bust (but shoulders are smallish), 56" long from shoulder to hem.  Oh, and for all you STEAMPUNK seekers... can't get much better look than this!   Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 425. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-8
(check measurements above) 



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#5917- c. 1912 House of WORTH, Paris Black Chiffon Over Lame Lace Gown!!!  OK.. RIGHT off the bat, I have to explain...  This gown is in POOR condition (though some others might actually call it FAIR condition).  I nearly just sent this gown back to the owner rather than sell on my website, as I'm VERY VERY picky and HATE selling items in less than fabulous condition.  But sometimes I get asked for things that are fantastic, but with condition issues making them quite affordable for all... and what is better than a WORTH gown???  Especially one that could have been on the Titanic!   Hey, maybe that's why the condition isn't good, eh?  Perhaps some woman was sitting on a lifeboat in this gown! :)  Sadly, her more modern relative decided at some point to cut the back and ADD A ZIPPER!  YIKES!!! Yes, a ZIPPER at the back!!!  In addition, you will see that the ivory silk satin is all torn up on the sleeves, and even though the black chiffon and the gold lame lace is in decent condition, it's all starting to go.  Love the small rhinestones at the neckline.  The lame lace showing through the chiffon.  And the fantastic NUMBERED WORTH LABEL... along with an additional number in the skirt seams!! For those of you who want a great study piece, or just never thought you could afford a Worth gown, this is for you.  If you are a textile person, the lace alone is spectacular for study!  And please.... to all of you... if you EVER put a ZIPPER in an Edwardian dress, you are officially banned from this website for your lifetime!  Just sayin'.  NEW LISTING!   FINAL SALE ITEM!

$ 485. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0
(check measurements above) 


SOLD
#7363 - RARE c. early 1900's White Linen The Simpson Suit, Philadelphia "Sailor" Boating Dress! I have a love of unique pieces.  Some of my favorite pieces are antique sporting outfits... specifically designed for the sport.  Let's see if you can guess what this was used for! :)  Bird-watching?  Nope. Golfing?  Nope.  Tango Dancing?  Ummm... I don't think so.  Boating?  I'd say "Yup"!   Fairly heavyweight white linen dress with all the "sailor" details you'd expect from any Navy uniform.  Double rows of mother-of-pearl buttons at top of skirt portion, "sailor" blue collar with flap back with white embroidered star and edged in white stripes as are the cuffs.  The thin red stripe on one upper arm and an eagle "v" striped patch on other arm.  Unique tailoring (hard to see) on upper bodice... almost Western-ish, and great little red pocket at upper bust.  Excellent condition.  Measures:  up to 42" bust (most upfront as it's slightly pigeon front), up to 28" waist, up to 41" hips, 50" long from shoulder to hem.  There is one button missing (hidden), and one hook missing at waist (I'll try to find one to replace).  There is one tiny hole hiding under the back pleat that I didn't find until the 3rd look!  I LOVE THIS ON ME!!!!! And RARE... yes, did I say RARE??? 

$ 1,195.   SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
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#5444 - c. early 1870's Copper Brown colored Silk Taffeta 3-piece Trained Gown! Yup... that's 3-pieces. The button front, long peaked bodice with bellsleeves over tighter sleeves.  The simple, basic trained full skirt, and the separate overskirt "apron" front and back.  All are trimmed in a thin flat matching satin.  A fairly basic, nice piece you can embellish if you wish!   Someone tried to embellish with the black lace attached at the collar (which is old, but I doubt original to the piece).  In Excellent condition. Measures:  31" bust (12.5" across back), 26" waist, 37" long from waist to hem in front, 50" long in back. Surprisingly strong, Excellent condition with just minor blemishes... some tiny pinmarks at front bust (see photo), and extremely minor discolored spots, and underarm stains (see photos).  There are no hooks at waistlines, so I just pinned on.  Nice crochet covered buttons down bodice.  This gown doesn't look like much off a mannequin/dressform, but comes to life when on. I should have used more of a slip at front to fill out, and I used a bustle at back in these photos.   

$ 545. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0 (small back)
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#5811 - c. 1920's Fabulous Gold Lame Brocade 2-Tone Jacket!  I wish this jacket could talk, because wherever it was stored for 90 years was the perfect place for it to remain most all of it's original shine!  SO rare to find these lame pieces without either darkening, or oxidizing.  This one looks nearly new!  Whoo Whoo!!  It's a simple tube shape jacket without any closure at the front... but it's the ruched large sleeves that make this so special.  Also there is an attached short "bow" scarf at one shoulder.  Love the fact that this piece is two-toned gold.  The main body is nearly a platinum light gold, and then the lower 7/8ths is a golden gold... along with the shoulder scarf.  Nice touch! :)  Fully lined in a sheer fabric also in great condition.  Wish it had a label, but none exists.  If you want to find something wrong (and can't you always find something if you are picky enough)..... it's possible that the lining has shrunken slightly so the hemline tends to curl a bit.. could be original, or not... but really hardly worth even mentioning. And, if you have a VERY sensitive nose, there is a slight musty, but a few days airing outside will take care of that.  I'm in the process of building a screened porch so in the future I will have airing capabilities, but for now, it's up to you.  You can fabreeze, but some are sensitive to that, so I avoid it.  Measures: 35" long from shoulder to hem.  Looks fantastic on!!! This is one that is going to bother me to sell!!! :(  I look terrific in it... can it's just the right length to be easy to wear without looking too vintage costumy. Depending on your size, you can wrap at bit at front, or leave open when worn. 

$ 1,285.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-10
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#7457 - c. 1900 Breathtaking Lavender Silk Charmeuse and Chiffon Trained Dressing Gown with Angelic Sleeves! OK... every once in a while, I take photos and this very strange light comes into the room (you can see it just to the right of the right sleeve).  I don't know what it is!  I can't figure out where it's coming from!  So I just have to assume that it's the spirit of the woman who wore these garments.  What else COULD it be??  (OK, I don't really, absolutely believe in this stuff, but who am I do deny their existence?? :)  I'm not surprised this woman would want to stay with this gown.  It's breathtaking!!!  No other word comes to mind. You can call it Victorian Dressing Gown, or Edwardian Coming Gown, or 1900 Peignoir Robe. The color is still a vibrant lavender silk satin or charmeuse with double rows of light pink/lavender chiffon ruffles edging the hemline, collar, down the front, and sleeves.  Satin ribbons tie the gown at the front with no other closures (other than one set of snaps at front just to hold it closed a bit at the belly if you want).  Bows at each sleeve. Condition is Excellent!  I found only two small watermarks on the chiffon hemline (see photo), and any other issues are so tiny as to be nearly invisible. Measures: 54" long from shoulder to hem in front, 84" long in back.  Best for a petite woman if you want it to sweep the ground.  But as you can wear it open, it will fit quite a few bodies.  This is one of those antique pieces that you will hate yourself if you miss it.... and LAYAWAY is available, so you have no excuse for not making yourself happy!  :)  A Gown for a Fairy Princess... like you!     Also Listed in the Wedding and Lingerie Sections. 

$ 1,845. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-8 Petite (to sweep the ground)
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SOLD

 

# 3981 - c. 1890 NISELL ROBES, Buffalo, New York Bronze Colored Faille with Ombre Striped Moire Silk Promenade Gown!  With Original Brasstone Filigree Ornamental Buckle!  ONE PIECE! WEARABLE SIZE!  Fantastic gown! This piece is in near mint condition! Really incredible.  Like it was made yesterday.  Even the interior is lovely! And my favorite part? The "rope" ornament used to "piece together" the "carwash" skirt panels and even on the sleeves!!! Fantastic! (Oh, I already used that word... what do you want from me... it IS fantastic.  And I refuse to use the WAY over-used word "amazing". Not everything is amazing folks!  Amazing is, well, amazing. Please remember that!).   Check out the photos to see the watered effect moire striped silk bodice, belt sash, cuffs, neck, and underskirt.  The skirt skirt has the off-white lace dust ruffle inside, as well as the bronze faille pleated hemline peeking out from under the striped moire silk underdress.  Fantast... oh never mind!!  There's really nothing else to say.  The photos will show everything you need to know.  Measures: 36" bust, up to 28" waist (length of petersham!), 14" around neck, 12" across back between armseams, 61" long from shoulder to hem in front, 45" from waist to hem, 66" long from shoulder to hem in back. This, folks, is one of the great ones!   

$ 1,785. SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE: 0/2
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# 6305 - c. 1902 Gibson Girl Era White Cotton Lawn Dress with Blue Embroidery!  One of the most interesting white lawn dress I've ever seen!  And best of all in a wearable TALL size!   This was one large woman for that era!  Very high lace neck, very long horizontal tucked sleeves, tucked dress with blue embroidered "tunic" piece over front and back.  Drawn work and Val lace at collar.  Excellent condition on first look... but if you look closer, you will see that some of the blue embroidery is missing, mostly at the lower right.  All the tiny stitchmarks are still there, so you can recreate the embroidery to make this gown near perfect!  And yes, it does button at upper back, but my mannequin as a bit of a Quasimoto hump (very attractive!), so I didn't want to stress the dress.. though this dress is quite strong and very wearable.. though the sleeves will need to be scrunched up as they are very long.  It's labeled "38", and I assume this is a European dress as this type label is similar to what was used in French and Belgium dresses.  It certainly also has the look of European design... at least to me!  Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 27" waist, 60" long from shoulder to hem!!  It's LOVELY! 

$ 985.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE: 6
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#6952 - c. 1930's Black Silk Charmeuse Bias Cut Gown with Beaded Net Bodice! Museum Deaccession!  From a very well-known fashion museum (who has asked to remain nameless) comes this black silk charmeuse bias-cut gown with the an awesome silver beaded silk net overlay with low "v" necklines and fabulous long draped "v" back ending in long beaded tassel!  So gorgeous you keep wondering who the designer might have been on this gown!  Near Excellent condition with extreme minor details of minor bead loss, small stress hole in net at mid back (see photo) and one light bead transfer on silk below waist back (see photo).  Hard to measure bias cut gowns, but these 1930s gowns are always hard to get on and look great on thin bodies, so I would suggest only you 0-2 gals would be best.  If you email me your measurements, I will let you know if it will fit.  I have to mention that this gown was given a "make over" at one time with the addition of a zipper in place of what likely was snaps.  It's totally hidden by the overlay at back, and frankly you will be glad it's done if you plan to wear this gown, but for you purists... you need to know!

$ 1,585. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2, perhaps 4
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#4737 - c. 1920's Wool Herringbone Golfing or Sporting Suit with Belted Jacket and Knickers!  LARGER SIZE!  I don't know why I love to find antique sporting outfits... because I'm a total "indoor" girl who barely moves off her ass.  So what's the fascination for me??  Anyone??  No answer? Well, whatever it is, it allowed me to find this fantastic 1920's sage green/gray wool herringbone (with hint of light blue) suit complete with knickers (!), and that classic "sporting" matching belt over the front pocketed jacket.   Check out the back of the jacket as well... with that belt.  The knickers button at the side.  This is a larger size, but I really can't tell you if this was for a woman or a man, but the buttons assume female....and check out the photos of the similar suits from a B. Altman catalog for women from the 1920s. Sorry I can't sell you this for $39.75, but with the inflation calculator, this would cost just over $500 new!  This suit Measures: up to 42" bust and waist jacket, 32" waist knickers, 29" long knickers, 14" across back between armseams of jacket (which makes it fairly narrow at the back for a man).   Excellent condition!  The only issue being that the belt of the jacket is darkened a bit.  Amazingly, the moths didn't get to this suit!!!  Add the argyle socks and tam hat and you're ready to go golfing.  Go try to find another in this size and condition.... I dare you! :)

$ 1,165. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 12, perhaps 14 with smallish back
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#7386 - c. 1928 MADE IN FRANCE Flapper Dress of Black Bugle Beads, Black Sequins and Tiny Rhinestones!  This dress was "mine" the moment I saw it. You girls know what I mean.  It spoke to me. Not a little whisper.  Not a timid, "hey you". But it was screaming, "YOU LOVE ME. YOU MUST HAVE ME!"  And that was that.  I'm assuming I'm not the only one who is hearing this dress calling.  I only wish I could have photographed it better. It's BLACK not blue (as it may appear in some of the photos).  There is a deco designed tiny rhinestone and and beads on black chiffon low "v" neckline.  And what you can't see well is the small peplum at one side of the dress with matching design (see close-up photos). The design  in the placement of the diagonally arranged black bugle beads is killer, which echoes the diagonal, asymmetrical design of the skirt portion of the dress. Fantastic!!!  What you'd expect to find with the best designer label, but sadly the only label is the Made in France.  There is also an "18" which was the size (don't pay any attention... as it means nothing to you!).  Measures: up to 39" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 41" hips, 39"- 50" long from shoulder to hem. But remember, these flapper dresses were meant to be worn large to hide the body and give that "boy" body.  You are seeing the dress on a size 6 mannequin and she looks great, but this will also look great on someone a bit larger. Because this is French, it's beaded on cotton netting, so it's stronger than most.  Wearable (with care ... as are all antique dresses), and in Excellent condition with just a few sequins/beads missing (you can easily move a few around if necessary) and the tiniest pull on the chiffon at the neckline.   These issues are extremely minor for such an intricately beaded dress!!  NEW LISTING!  

$ 2,145. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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#4103 - c. 1880 Museum Quality 3-Piece Dark Plum Taffeta and Embossed Deep Garnet Velvet Bustle Gown! Extremely Rare Find! Hard to believe this outfit found its way back to me after 6 years, but I think it understands how much I love it, so just like a lost puppy...! :)  You won't believe this! So hard to find! A three-piece bustle gown of bodice, bustle skirt and jacket/coat with long tasseled back! Wow! All in near mint condition! And... with 18 "killer" buttons of hand-painted design on mother-of-pearl. The materials are a plum silk taffeta with contrasting garnet silk embossed velvet on all the pieces. The skirt is a masterpiece in itself with pleated hemline, ruffles just above and fabulous asymmetric draping. Shown with a bustle cage under which doesn't come with the outfit. The jacket/coat is so rare... just take a look at the back of this piece! Long "v" cut velvet tasseled decoration hanging down the back from a ruching at the top. Large bell sleeves. Large pockets at sides. Double-breasted buttoned front with those amazing buttons! Take a look at the close-up photos. And what is most amazing is that I can't find anything wrong with this outfit! Near Mint condition! Measures: 29/30" bust, 23" waist, 40" long from waist to hem. NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the Museum Section.

$ 2,450. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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#5874 - c. 1926 MAGDELEINE des HAYES, 6 Rue de la Paix, Paris Black Net and Lace Flapper Dress!  Parisian Flapper Dress! According to mapquest, Magdeleine des Hayes was an 18 second walk down the street from the world renowned House of Paquin at 3 Rue de la Paix.  This will just give you some idea of how prestigious this label was back in the 1920s!  Obviously an import dress to a store with the name of AGASTA, 1213 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC (haven't been able to find any research on that store... so if anyone knows anything...).  BUT I DID find one old advertising for Magdeleine des Hayes dresses from 1926, and modeling photos of her dresses (see photos)!   Even before I found the label inside the dress, I knew it was special.  Just had the look of a high-fashion dress from the era.  LOVE the coral beaded and rhinestone half-moon ornament a the front.  Black lace in a highly scalloped or spear shaped hemline and the sheerness of the dress with the decorative slip attached under.  Would have been quite sexy. The skirt has 5 layers of sheer material!!   Sadly, the dress isn't perfect, but I'm very picky, so unless things are near mint, I get cranky.  Look at the last photos of the dress to see the minor issues... there are two spots that are hidden under one of the black silk ribbons down the front (see the photo with the spots covered and with the spots shown), a couple of small additional spots not covered, and then there are the small netting tears under the arms and the worse one is a vertical tear at the side of the dress.  An experienced tailor/seamstress can make these things practically disappear, but since I can barely sew on a button, I sell as it is (otherwise I usually sew my pants to the dress by accident....  it's not a pretty sight! :)  Measures: up to 42" bust, up to 39" waist, up to 40" hips, 42"-49" long from shoulder to hem. Remember this is a 20s dress so meant to be worn loose. A RARE Parisian dress!  

$ 1,465. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 8/perhaps 10 (up to 40" hips is the key measurement)
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#4718 - c. 1915 Gray Silk "Suffragette" Suit with White Embroidered Blouse and Hat!  LARGER SIZE! Gray silk summer walking suit with black silk trim and black straw hat with original trim of gray silk to match the suit.  The suit didn't originally come with the hat, nor the blouse, but I'm selling as a complete set because it just works so beautifully together!  The suit was purchased nearly 20 years ago at Molly's vintage clothing show in Massachusetts, so the "M. DiGesu - Springfield" label is presumed to be from Springfield, MA.  A perfect outfit for a suffragette look!  I show with slips under, but probably need slightly better shape slip to show off the shape as well as keep the pleats intact.  I only wish you would wear the jacket insideout, as the jacket lining is just superb!  Check it out!!  Lined in a wonderful silk black and ivory checkerboard with nosegays of roses in a simulating a needlepoint style!! So cool... even has a small pocket inside!   Great detailing and seaming to the entire outfit.  And in your SIZE!!!  Measures: up to 40" bust,  31" waist skirt, up to 45" hips, 34" long skirt.  Everything in Excellent condition with just a few minor issues... most important is the inner petersham (waistband) of the skirt has a few breaks and should be reinforced, replaced or strengthened if the suit is intended for wear. but doesn't affect the outer appearance of the skirt.  One button on sleeve has the inner black section missing, so you can either just remove and have two buttons on the sleeves, or use one of the buttons on the waistband of the skirt.  If I was uber picky I could say there is the teensiest variation in the gray color on the shoulders that you wouldn't see unless I pointed it out, and tiny spot (see photos).  The simply perfect hat is black straw with a natural straw color under brim (!) and wide gray silk band around crown.  Hat is quite large for a large head or for lots of hair stuffed into it.  Measures: 23.5" interior!  Included in this outfit is a period white batiste blouse (with correct size 46" bust), with embroidery in a meandering ribbon pattern with large collar trimmed with lace as are the cuffs.  There is a bit of damage tot he lace on one cuff. 

$ 825. for complete outfit!  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 12/14
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#5879 - c. 1905/1906 House of BEER, 7 Place Vendome, Paris Black Silk Chiffon Trained Gown with Gold Sequins!  Belongs in Museum! Gustav Beer opened his Parisian Couture House in 1905 (after years of designing in his native Germany), so this is one of his first gowns from Paris! I'm speechless (and that doesn't happen often!).  I can't believe this gown just came to me out of the blue... not from a museum deaccession, but from an individual collector who purchased this "many moons ago" when gowns of this quality were still found outside of museums.  Trust me... it rarely happens these days.  As fabulous as any of the gowns you'd see in the museum photo books (see the gown photo from the New York Metropolitan Costume Institute!  I like this one lot better!! :).  The kind of piece I never thought I would ever find... and then.... well... TA DA!  Even the condition is fantastic!  Sure, the inner chiffon lining is going badly from the inner puff sleeves, and there is just a bit of pulling of the material off the waistband (from the weight), but other than those minor issues, it's nearly mint!  Love the gold sequins in the standard round shape, but also in a open pointed oval shape on ecru lace appliqued with black chenille.  Please don't wear this, as it really is an important enough piece that it should be babied.  But for mannequin purposes, it Measures: 32" bust (most upfront... she was well-endowed!), 25" under bust, 22" waist, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 54" long in back.  I've taken loads of photos so you can see all the details... including the very wide black velvet attached waistband, the design on the sides of the puffy sleeves, the pretty metallic tie at front bodice, even the interior bodice thin ribbon, the two gold and rhinestone buttons at back, and the surprising purple chiffon ruffle at lining hemline!! Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 8,500.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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#7360 - c. 1910 Huge Off-White Ostrich Feather Fan with Celluloid Sticks!  Someone must be hording all these fabulously large ostrich fans because they are getting so much harder to find... and believe me, I'm always on the lookout.  Sure, I can find them half this size, or new ones (that just aren't the same!), but these "full body" antique fans are getting pretty rare.  I show the size of my fans up against my dressform so you can see how much of the body it covers.. from your shoulder to your upper thigh (unless you are an Amazon)!!  Take an exotic dance class and dance behind this fan! :)  If you want to use it, you don't have to open it all the way... and if you want to play Elise McKenna in "Somewhere In Time", remember, she had a large white feather fan! :)  OR just leave it all the way open on a fireplace mantle for a unique decoration!  Excellent condition, with just a hint of spotting at the very edges of a couple feathers (see photo)... and if you are REALLY picky, note that this fan isn't fully white.... but you will love it!!  I sold a similar fan with these same white ostrich feathers and celluloid sticks that was from TIFFANY & CO!!! These weren't cheap when new. Measures: 16" tall x 27" at widest. Also Listed in the Hats, etc. Section.

$ 425. SOLD

 



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#9891 - c. 1925/26 T.A. Chapman Co., Milwaukee Afternoon Dress and Coat Ensemble of Black Rayon and Steel Beading with Steel Beaded Scarf! When I first saw this ensemble it was balled up into a box and just looked like hell (can I say word on my website without upsetting anyone)?  Then I got around to steaming and mounting on the mannequin and what d'ya know!!!  It's a quite exciting looking set!!  Let's start with the dress.  It's a black rayon chiffon dress of 2 layers... sheathe under with steel beaded low round neckline and matching beading on short sleeves.  Dress is lined all but yoke and sleeves.  Then there is an attached overlayer that looks like a long vest of set pleats!  You can wear the dress straight and use the long matching chiffon scarf (beaded near ends) as a neck scarf, or wear the dress cinched in with the scarf used as a belt sash!  Gives the dress two very different looks.  So as if the dress isn't great enough, it comes with a black rayon (20s was pretty much the first decade using rayon to any extent in clothing) wrap coat of a stitched down design to mimic pleats, a horizontal braiding at the lower skirt  and actual pleating under.  The tie wrapped coat can also be worn different ways... with tied neck or not.  Just imagine the lucky flapper gal wearing this outfit with her bobbed hair under her cloche, grasping her clutch purse and sashaying like Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like it Hot" in her T-strap shoes!   OK.. what's next.  Oh yes, condition information. Excellent condition with just a few minor issues.  Just a few of the beads on the sleeves are a bit rusty (cleanable if you care to take the time with sandpaper), snaps missing on coat cuffs (sleeves meant to be worn fuller than you see creating a lovely shape) but really the only issues worth noting are that the top-stitching on the coat has come undone here and there, so just a bit messy looking (see photos), and there is a bit of musty smell that should be aired outside or fabreezed (but again, I leave that choice to you!). Otherwise this is a just fabulous 1920's afternoon or dinner ensemble!!   Measures a large up to 40" bust, up to 40" waist, up to 42" hips dress.  Coat measures up to 51" bust, waist and hips! Both pieces are 48" long from shoulder to hem. Meant to be worn large, and the coat meant to be wrapped as you see.  Scarf measures:  6" x 98".

$ 785.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8-14
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#7347 - c. 1883 3-piece Bustle Gown Visiting Toillette with Partial Additional Bodice!  Near Mint Condition!  Oh my goodness!  What a find!  Direct from the attic in Excellent condition!  A 2-piece bustle gown of velvet, silk and fringe deep deep eggplant (the colors are lightened so you can see detail), with matching fancy coat with silk fringed hemline, along with an additional matching silk bodice without sleeves.  4 pieces total with a small piece of additional material!  I don't know where to start to describe this complete outfit.  Really!  Just look at all the photos. Please remember, these photos are lightened.  The actual piece is a deep, dark eggplant that will look like a dark reddish brown under regular lighting.  Under bright lights, it lightens up!  Near mint condition!  I found one tear inside the sleeve of the coat, the inner lining dust ruffle on the skirt has a tear (inside only!!), and obviously the sleeves of the "vest" (likely was a 2nd bodice or evening bodice) are missing (with the extra material, you could create short cap sleeves). Measures:  Bodice: 35" bust, 12" back (so it fits like a 31" bust, 24" waist.  Skirt: 26" waist, 45" long from waist to hem in front, 57" long in back.  Vest:  31" bust, 25" waist. Coat: 34" bust, 28/29" waist.  The dress is shown over a bustle (not included).  This is one extraordinary outfit!  The coat is wearable by me (size 4/6) so if the gown doesn't fit, you can still wear this incredibly gorgeous coat.   

$ 2,250. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0/2 gown and 4/6 coat


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#7367 - c. 1922 White Lawn Dress with Blue Embroidery Lace Inserts!  EXTRA LARGE SizeWell now... great white cotton lawn dress from the early 1920s rather than the Teens... cool!  What's even cooler?  It's a EXTRA LARGE size (extremely large for the era!!).  It can measure: up to 48" bust, up to 46" waist, up to 52" hips! But someone gave it a simple baste so it now measures: 44" bust, 40" waist, 43" hips, but as you can see it can be worn larger, or since these dresses are meant to be worn oversized, it can be worn by a slightly smaller body.  Either way... this is a hard to find size in a GREAT dress!  Measures:  52" long from shoulder to hem.  In addition there is a sweet double yarn tassel hanging from the blue hipline sash at the back.  This blue matches the lovely blue embroidery detailing all over with lace and white embroidery as well.  And for a bit of extra panache, there is a "handkerchief" extra portion of the skirt at one side near the tassel.  Nicely fashionable for the era. Puffy short sleeves.  Snap closures are hidden at the front.  Excellent condition.  If you search, you will see extremely light underarm line, but it's hardly seen... trust me, I'm picky! This is the dress you've been waiting for... and it will FIT YOU! Whoo Whoo!!!!  If it won't fit you, find that friend of your who loves vintage, but never thought they would find something to fit them. 

$ 965.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 18/20+
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#3876a - c. 1891 Afternoon Reception Gown of Olive Green Ottoman Silk with Matching Brocaded Cut Velvet! LARGE WEARABLE SIZE! Near MINT Condition! I wouldn't normally look twice at an olive gown... with my olive skin coloring... but... The color is prettier than in the photos... slightly less yellow (I hate my camera.. oh well).. See the close-up photo of the sleeve... that's the closest to the correct color! Anyway, this is exquisite! Only one word to use. Opulent!  Heavy ottoman silk for great weight forms the basis, but it's the brocaded velvet (like cut velvet) that raises this gown to the level of Worth Couture. Please look at the close-up photos! Small velvet hanging balls outline the wide cuff sleeves, and squared lapels. Bodice is also trimmed in black lace which echoes the black lace underbodice over ecru faille silk to "pop" the design. Near MINT condition, inside and out. And in a VERY wearable size! Measures: 40" bust, 37" bodice waist, 38" skirt waist, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 46" long from waist to hem in back. Note:  this is slightly lighter in the photos than the gown... in normal light it might appear brown, but it's obviously olive in brighter light.  A Masterpiece!!

$ 1,785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 12/14
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#6758 - c. 1870's Trained Pale China Blue Wool Twill Morning Gown with Watteau Back and Two-Tone Embroidery!  Damn I've found some pretty stuff lately!  I guess I still love what I do, as I am excited about offering such wonderful pieces.  Imagine waking up and slipping into this beauty to sip your morning coffee!  Especially because that means that you were wealthy enough to employ a few maids and servants to fetch you your coffee! :)  The color is close to that perfect Tiffany blue color wool twill embroidered with off-white and light blue silk floss all over the place in a small floral pattern.  Gotta love that watteau back,  the two pleated side pockets,  the knife pleated hemline, daisy embroidered buttons down front, and the interesting "overcoat" tailoring at front.  Measures: 30" bust, 23" waist, 50" long from shoulder to hem in front, 71" long in back. Condition is Very Good... not perfect, but I'm extremely picky and others would call it Excellent. There are extremely light discolorations or fading here and there, and a few tiny spots. These issues are hardly important... but what you will find are two old professional mends on the sleeves (see photos).  They blend in well, but they are seen.   Also Listed in the Lingerie Category.

$ 1,385. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0
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#5420 - c. 1890 Victorian Coat of Bottle Green Wool and Soutache!  Wearable Size! One of the prettiest wool Victorian walking coats!!  The soutache is embroidered all down the front  and upper back, as well as on the back skirt and those fantastic sleeves!  Designed in a modified peacock feather design... especially on the skirt.  Short high neck, bustle gathered back, puffed upper sleeves of a matching heavy faille.  Fully lined in matching bottle green silk (still in quite good condition).  So now I have some good news and some bad news.  What do you want first... oh, perhaps I teased it above... this Victorian coat is in a rare wearable size (yea!), however, that's partly due to the fact that someone moved over some of the crochet ball buttons (see last photo to see the original location) and at some point in time there were some matching (but slightly darker) patches on the front (see close-up photos).  Very well done, but you can certainly see them.  So for the perfectionists it might be a problem, but for the rest of you, you will be thrilled to have a coat of this quality and fabulous look.  In addition, there are some minor moth nips, one of the buttons is missing, and has very minor wear of the silk lining.  You can see from the lining photo of the back neck that there used to be a black label on this coat.  Emile Pingat used a black label in this location and shape, and also used a similar peacock shape design on his 1891 mantle in the Opulent Era book, so let's just assume it's Pingat and go from there, eh?? :)  Who knows, this could be an incredible find!!  Measures: 32/33" bust, 25" underbust, 26" waist, 53" long from shoulder to hem.  The width of the back is usually the problem with these Victorian pieces, but this fits my back (I'm a slightly narrow-backed, very modern size 4 bust, size 0/2 waist, 33" bust, c/d cup).  Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Section.

$ 985. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-4
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#6795 - c. 1930's Gold Metallic Lace Evening Gown!  Yeah, I know... this is in the wrong category listing, but I figure my customers who like 1920s items, will want to see this! :O  Breathtaking gold lace evening gown with "v" neck front and extremely low "v" neck back with flouncy shawl collar. Skirt has 6 attached scallop flyaway panels for fullness sewn along one side to dress and extending 7" below skirt hem!! Awesome! Self fabric belt with rhinestone buckle (rhinestones are cloudy -see photos - but the buckle can easily be replaced with another if you care).  There are underarm stains (see photos - one side worse than the other), and some lace leg breaks creating small holes above and below the waist (see photos).  So although not perfect, this is just too too beautiful! Would be priced higher if perfect, so for those of you who can make the necessary repairs as needed, or don't mind the minor underarm issues.... you'll be happy you can afford a gown like this!!  Wear a any color slip under.  I would prefer a nude slip, but the previous owner wore a green slip... so whatever you like... the look will change with the color of the slip. Nearly impossible to measure as it's open back and bias cut, but shown on a mannequin of 35" bust, 25" waist, 36" hips, 57" long from shoulder to hem (though that will change on the bias).  So if you are close to that size, it will fit you.  Best not to stress the lace too much more than this, though the waist can be larger. Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section. FINAL SALE ITEM so it's sold in as great a condition as possible!

$ 785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-6, perhaps small 8
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#6897 - c. 1913 Edwardian Platinum and Gold Lame Brocade Trained "Hobble" Gown! Be still my heart!!  If someone where to ask me what my favorite look, color, design and material for an Edwardian gown would be... this is it!  I adore gold lame!  I melt over the huge floral designs! And well, having an original trained hobble gown (which were quite rare as they were nearly impossible to wear) in this fabrication is just the ultimate for me!  I sold a similar gown a few years ago that was owned by Mrs. John G. Bullock (of Bullocks Department Stores) who obviously would have had the very best of the best as the wife of the store founder.  The bodice just simply wraps around the bust with flat straps.  The beauty comes from the asymmetrical wrap skirt with weighted sides and squared train.  Don't expect to easily walk in this gown, but if you plan a portrait, this is killer!  The condition of the exterior of the gown is Excellent, with only a tiny bit of oxidation, it's mostly quite wonderful..... certainly better than most of these lame gowns that had tarnished.  Even the underarms look great.  Sadly I have to report that it is the silk lining that is problematic. It has been patched and repaired, and will need to be relined at some point.  But this is a small price to pay for such a great gown!  Measures: 32-34" bust, up to 25" waist (24" underdress), 60" long from shoulder to hem in front, 76" long in back. 

$ 1,745.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-4
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#9972 - c. 1870s Princess Front Bustle Gown of Two-tone Sage Green Silk Taffetas with Tassel Trim One-piece Gown!  Yup... another great bustle gown in a wearable size!  My favorite thing to find! :) Actually that's not true... I prefer 20's headpieces, but hey, I'm not on a lie detector machine! Two-tone sage gray/green taffeta of one piece (looks like two).  Love the diagonal detailing at the front. I'm having a little trouble dating specifically.. but I think 1876-77?  I might have expected more of a "mermaid" trained back with this front?  I'm just showing my ignorance now... or perhaps it's just those menopausal symptoms of forgetfulness that everyone talks about?  Now, where was I?  I wish I could tell you that this gown is in the same nearly pristine condition that I mostly try to sell.  However, this piece has had perfectly matched gussets under the arms, and still there are underarms stains.  There is some minor spotting here and there, and some simple tacking that needs sewing (I could do it and I can't sew!), and a few tassels missing at the front, but most all are there everywhere else!  Basically however the material is strong and the gown is wearable. Inside the hemline you will see much wear, but that's INSIDE (see photos).   Still a beauty!  I've priced this gown to reflect these issues... Otherwise it would have been $1,895 at least! :)   Measures:  36" bust, up to 30" waist.  

$ 985.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#6568 - c. 1930's "Adrian look" Gown of Gold Sequins on Blue Cotton Netting, Made in France When I saw this gown I immediately thought of Joan Crawford's gown in the 1939 movie, The Women, with dramatic costumes by Adrian.  The costumes were SUCH the highlight of the movie that, just like the Wizard of Oz (from the same year), part of the movie is in B&W and the other part in color.  In The Women, the only part in color was an inserted Adrian fashion show. Fabulous!  Anyway, both this gown and her gown had the illusion midriff to show what appears to be skin.  Woo Woo!  Obviously this gown needs a slip under as you currently see a lot more than midriff, and it's all x-rated.  Rare slate blue cotton netting covered all over in swirling patterns in gold sequins.  Notice the surprising peplum at the front of the gown!!   I put this on the smaller mannequin as it's hard to get on (as most 30s gowns are) with just the side snaps, but I wiggled my size 6 body into this and OH MY!  SOOOOO sexy!!  So we know it will fit up to a 34" bust, 27" waist, 37/38" hips (but shown on the mannequin of 30" bust, 24" waist, 34" hips and she looks great as well).  I think this gown will go up to 36" bust, 30" waist and 38" hips.  I'm also 5'2" and it was a bit long (56" from shoulder to hem), but with high heels, pretty good. However, since this is bias, the length will be different with different bodies. Excellent condition.  One of the most exciting 1930's gowns you will see, other than in a museum.  And because it was Made in France (with the label), this cotton netting will hold up for another 80+ years! 

$ 2,485.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0-6
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#6454 - c. 1920's Rare Find Black Sequin Jacket with Huge Deco Sequin Red Roses and Gold Trim!  Most likely French!  Absolutely stunning 1920s sequined evening jacket entirely covered in sequins. The jacket is completely covered in black sequins and decorated with gold and red flowers of sequins. Curved cutaway shape with huge bell sleeves. No closure, just meant to be worn open. All the sequins are sewn onto black cotton ground of excellent condition with no damage or repairs.  The only thing to mention is one vertical line of black sequins missing on the back  which is nearly impossible to see when worn black on black   Easy fix!  I'll try to get to it for you.  Would look incredible over black evening dress or great evening pants.  Measures:  up to 38" bust (shown on a mannequin of 35" bust, and as you see it laps over, so could be worn slightly open at the front with a larger bust,  34" long from shoulder to hem, 23" sleeves.  Looks incredible on!  It will certainly WOW the crowd! 

$ 2,485.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
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#7176 - c. 1926 Gold Beaded Flapper Dress with Incredible Sequined "Bubbles" on Cotton Netting! Likely French Couture!  This is one of those incredible flapper beaded and sequin dresses that you can't believe doesn't have a label.  Jean Patou?  Lanvin?  Someone who was totally confident in their design abilities as this is "wild" both in design and in the types of beads and sequins used... various colored spotted sequins, and the finest glass beads. I don't even know what else to say.  It's all about the photos.  Weighs a ton, but because it's on the European cotton netting, it survived the weight of the beads (and will survive another 80+ years)!  The skirt continues the awesome circle (or bubble if you want to be as cute as I try to be) motif all in the gold beading, and flairs at each side.  The front is exactly the same as the back of this dress.   In the second to last photo, you will see that one green bead.  I was told this confirms that this was totally hand beaded (as one rogue bead was inserted to show the human touch).  In the last photo you will see the only minor issue (otherwise near mint!!) there is one small area of tarnish in the gold just above the multi-colored sequin waist. It's mid center, but since the dress is exactly the same front and back, it can be worn with that in the back.  As it is, it's almost as though she might have been carrying a bouquet!   Why not get married in your finest, likely couture dress! 

$ 3,750.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-6
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#5415- c. 1883/1884 Olive Colored Silk Taffeta Bustle Wedding Gown!  Attention, attention... calling all dressmakers!!  I never like to sell items that aren't in wearable condition or in really good condition, so this is an exception for me.  Selling this 2-piece silk taffeta bustle gown for study or flat display or for pattern.  Especially good for pattern as it's a wearable size (hard to find for all Victorian gowns).  Given to me from the Great-Granddaughter of the woman who actually wore this as a wedding gown.  Let's start with the measurements:  34" bust, 28" waist for bodice and 29" waist for skirt, 57" long from shoulder to hem.  See? Wearable size! And the upper back is wide enough for today's normal (though not wide shouldered) gals.  As you can see, it's pretty, especially the skirt with the "apron" front and nice chenille dripping from the swags.  Nice ruffled hemline.  The back of the bodice and skirt is just as beautiful a design.  The color is a difficult to photograph olive (probably different from what you see on your monitor, but that was the closest I could get).  Just think a green olive.  The trim is a light rose/brown changeable taffeta.  The buttons are marcasite (10 buttons, 2 are missing).   OK... now here's the big problem... the taffeta is starting to split, especially at the upper back of the bodice, the sleeves, and then the cotton lining of the skirt is totally ripped so the skirt is soft of hanging at the back without support.  There is a bodice spot on one breast, but surprisingly the underarms aren't bad!  The chenille trim is usable on a new gown.  This is NOT a total rag, but for me, this is not the normal condition I sell.  Price reflects the condition.  The skirt with a new lining, isn't bad.  FINAL SALE ITEM.

$ 265. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#6861 - c. 1908/1909 Gorgeous Pink Silk Embroidered Coat with Lace Trim!  I don't have to say anything, do I? I will just let you look at the photos.  If you are one of the smart ones... you will jump on this!  How many times do you see a pink silk  embroidered "Edwardian" coat in near mint condition????  This is short, but would have been worn over a long dress, giving a great look (I probably should have photographed it over a longer dress, but hey.... I figure you know just as much as I!).  The embroidery is quite 3-dimensional of lovely flowers, I believe they are lilies.  Love the original embroidered decorative buttons! Even the interior is lovely with the large embroidered pocket!! Excellent condition all around. Even the white lace at cuffs and neck. Measures:  34/35" bust, 42" long from shoulder to hem. You will LOVE this in person!  Also Listed in the Furs, etc. Category.

$ 1,465.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-6, perhaps 8 if you fit the bust
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#6163 - c. 1905 Irish Crochet "Crown" White Blouse! Great blouse... better than most!  Irish crochet is really "hot" these days... prices are going crazy!   And this is one of the prettiest with the very collectable extreme high neck.  Oh, and look at the lace trim on that neck!   It looks like a royal crown!!  This blouse has a bit of a pigeon front (dating it to circa 1905) and 1/2 length sleeves. Lined in a sheer white netting. Very white, and ready to wear if you wish.  Excellent condition. Has new hooks and eyes at back.  Measures:  30/31" bust, 23" waist. 

$ 785.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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#9940 - c. 1820's /1890's Ivory Satin Wedding Gown! I hate to be stupid, but I guess I can't know everything (though I DO try!).  This gown is really confusing me.  It has an 1820's hemline (with the lovely bow / ribbon detailing) and early 1820's closures at front, and brown cotton lining... all correct to about 1822-1826... but the stitching is by machine... so I wonder if perhaps it was reworked a bit... perhaps back in style during the aesthetic period around 1892-1894 - because... the person who owned this gown has a note that reads "Mary Jane Crusau's satin wedding dress, June 1894".   I really can't tell you one way or another.  I need to go to fashion school (never did you know!), so perhaps one of you educated types can help me out here!!  FYI, I added a dash of wax flower at one sleeve (doesn't come with it, but would likely have had some decoration similar) and show it with a wax headpiece - available separately on this website.   There is an underlayer sweeper at the hemline with narrow band of matching velvet.  The gown is lovely and looks to be in great condition (with the exception of a few age marks here and there), but then, unfortunately, the underarms are torn up (see photos).  It's great for display, but not to wear... as is.  Tiny anyway!    Measures: 30" bust, 11" across back between armseams (tiny!), 54" long from shoulder to hem in front, 65" long in back.  The gown has its faults, but damn pretty for display when the underarms won't be an issue.  Also Listed in the Wedding Section.

$ 685.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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#6767 - c. 1898 E. CONWAY Robes, 14 E. 45th Street, New York Trained Late Victorian Gown of Black Chantilly Lace Over White Silk!  Nearly as MINT condition as you can find!  Looks like it was made yesterday (though I assure you it's over 100 years old!!).  Magnificent black silk Chantilly lace covering the entire 2-piece gown over a white silk lining.  Trimmed in a beautiful soft aqua velvet on high collar, and around bodice yoke to a great velvet bow!  Black sequins cover the net yoke and waistband.  Lovely flounced lace hemline on trained skirt.  Even the fine pleated china silk trim is in perfect condition!!!  So rare!  It's very small.... which is good, because this 2-piece gown deserves to be preserved in this condition for another 100 years, so it's unlikely someone will be able to wear it.  But a gorgeous display piece for museum quality collection!!   Measures:  32" bust, 11.5" across shoulders (tiny!), 22" waist, 42" long from waist to hem, 52" long in back.  This gown is even prettier in person... I should have photographed on a different color background so the aqua blue velvet stands out as it will in person.  But I'm assuming you can figure that out!  I very much doubt this gown was EVER worn!!   As any vintage clothing collector will tell you... buy the best pieces you can find in the best condition you can find. This is IT! 

$ 1,745.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 000
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#7035 - c. early 1920's Heavily Embroidered Cotton Net Dress!  I was holding this dress up prior to putting it on the mannequin and shrugging my shoulders.  Sure, it was pretty, but it wasn't until I photographed it that I fell in love.  It just evoked the Regency era!  It looked like it should have been worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie "Emma". So then, I wanted to see what this dress would look like with an empire waist, and then a natural waist, a low waist, and hip band, so you will see a ribbon I used to show all the different looks.  Then you can wear with a nude slip under (to look like you see), or wear with a colored slip under for totally different looks.... and/or wear with a longer slip under for this to be a tunic!!  SOOOOO much you can do with this dress!!!  All gorgeous. The dress has a front panel of cut voile floral lace with hundreds (I might exaggerate) of tiny crochet buttons down the front!  There are drapy side panels and flouncy short sleeves. Condition is great with the exception of extreme minor age spots here and there, but the only real issue is a small hole area on one of the side drapy panels - lost in the folds, but there (see photo).  Measures: up to 42" bust, up to 42" waist, up to 49" hips, 49-51" long from shoulder to hem. Meant to be worn large... the mannequin is size 6 (35/25/36) so you can see how it looks on her. Great for a wedding or anything! Also Listed in the Wedding Category. 

$ 845.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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#6704 - c. 1920's RARE French Silver Bullion "Hair" Cloche Labeled "Ideal, PARIS"! The ULTIMATE Flapper Cloche or Flapper Headpiece!  If you have been one of my website groupies for awhile, you might have seen the gold bullion "hair" cloche I sold some years back (still in my sold museum section). I bought that last one in London and hated to sell it as I had never seen another in my 35+ years of collecting.  So, since then I've been searching everywhere for others!  AMAZINGLY, I found two of these recently and again, it kills me to put these up on the website as I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!   And since, if asked what I would most like to collect, it would be flapper headpieces.  But I know there are others of "me" out there also with flapper collections, so... WAAAHHH.... you get the opportunity to own these forever!  Absolutely amazing!! It's a cloche woven with silver bullion threads in the shape of a classic 1920's hairdo... complete with the finger wavy hairs all over, and the pinned up "longer" hair at the back and coiled at the sides in braids (Princess Leahish!). I suppose this is the ultimate hat for a "bad hair day"!!! Excellent condition with the only thing to mention is slight tarnishing... it might have been brighter silver when new, but frankly I like it "as is" with this patina and just a bit of "hair" out of place.  Net lining. This will easily fit a 22" head, and even a 23" head! Nearly impossible to measure, but it's large on my normal 22" head (as you can see in the photos) and will fit, but higher on the 23" head - see other photos).  I assume originally this was worn by a women who didn't yet want to cut her long hair into the fashionable "bob", so wore this over that full hair (which is why it's larger).  Absolutely a Museum quality piece! Also listed in the Museum and Hats, etc. Category.

$ 3,450.  SOLD on LAYAWAY



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#6765 - c. 1903/1904 MRS. BAKER, COURT DRESSMAKER, 15 New Burlington Street, W, London Elaborate and Opulent Trained Black Chantilly Lace Evening Gown and Matching Coat Ensemble!  Previously Owned by the Eminent Collector DORIS LANGLEY MOORE, the Founder of the Fashion Museum at Bath, England (Previously the Museum of Costume at Bath) and Prominently Featured in Ms. Moore's 1947 book "The Woman in Fashion"!  Comes with the 2 Original 1947 photos of Ms. Moore Wearing the Ensemble! QUICK NOTE FOR COLLECTORS:  Both Pieces were Expertly Relined!  From I have been collecting, buying and selling Antique and Vintage clothing for 45 years now (yes, I bought my first Edwardian white dress at age 10 at a flea market!!).  So, as you can imagine, it takes an extraordinary piece to take my breath away... I believe I gasped out-loud with a "Oh God"! And when it happens, I remember all over again that I LIVE for antique and vintage clothing!!!! If you are reading this, you probably feel the same way.  This outfit was previously owned by Doris Langley Moore, who loved it so much she had herself photographed wearing this outfit!  As I mention upfront, for those collectors who want items fully original, these pieces have been fully and expertly relined (most likely by a museum)... but the exterior I believe to be fully original on both pieces!!  And certainly the relining has allowed this pieces to remain in NEAR MINT condition! YEAH!  Trained Black Chantilly net lace gown with embroidered green silk floss leaves and pink silk roses with embroidered bows and trellis designs and tiny silver sequins.  One of the most elaborate gowns and coats ever seen! Labeled "Mrs. Baker, Court Dressmaker" from London.  I spent some time researching what this might have cost new (with inflation and exchange rate) and the gown alone would be close to $20,000... with the coat, likely $40,000! The matching coat has pagoda sleeves, deep collar, pastel colored chiffon roses and black velvet ribbon trims with silver sequins.  Measures:  34/35" bust, 23/24" waist, Skirt is: 42" long from waist to hem, 54" long in back. Coat is: 56" long from shoulder to hem. Condition is amazing with only tiny a few leg breaks in the Chantilly lace.   Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 9,500. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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#4576 - c. 1931/1932 MAISON DOUCET, 57, Knightsbridge, SWI  Beige Lace Gown with Matching Jacket! OK... This could be listed in either the pre-1930 or post-1930 categories, so I will list it in both... as well as wedding, since it would work beautifully for just about anyone!  I wish I could give you history on the London Doucet label, but I find nothing in my research... so I will have to assume it was an authorized London outpost of the most prestigious Parisian Maison Doucet of Jacques Doucet, one of the greatest designers of the late 19th, early 20th centuries. However, Jacques Doucet died in 1929, and his Parisian house was merged with Doeuillet soon after. So.... it's very possible this was a VERY short-lived, Rare London label!!!  Beige lace slender, bias ruffled skirted, sleeveless. 'U' neck gown with high draped bateau back neckline with china silk underlay.  The matching short lace jacket has lovely tiered bell sleeves and no closures.  I added the ribbon and flowers at waist for show... doesn't come with any. Measures: 34-36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem. Side snaps. NOTE:  The nude china silk lining is still attached but is quite fragile (torn at seams, and large stain at hemline), so you will want to remove and wear your own slip under. No big deal.  Many of these antique lace gowns have lost there linings long ago!  At least you have an excellent pattern if you want to remake a new one.  OR.... go naked under!  Woo-woo! Now THAT will make an interesting entrance! :)  Other than lining, Excellent condition with just one small light spot found in skirt.  This is ONE gorgeous piece on!!!  And as you know... ANY couture labeled gowns from the 1930s (the depression era) are VERY rare!!! Also listed in Wedding section.

$ 1,885. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6, perhaps 8
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#5169 - c. early 1900's Ottoman Turkish Embroidered Cape! Ecru Woolen (Woollen) Long Cape of Turkish "Dival" Embroidery in Fine Gold Bullion Thread with Turquoise Beading! With Provenance!  Popular from about 1850-1920, the embroidery of this cape is typical of Turkish work, the technique known as 'dival', found on jackets, coats and waistcoats.  A similarly decorated waistcoat is in the Embroiderer's Guild Collection at Hampton Court, England.  It is described as having been made in a workshop for export to France.  Dival embroideries worked with coral and pearls were particularly prized in palaces. This extravagant work found throughout the Ottoman court, from clothing to furnishings of the palace rooms.  Also, it was fashionable among wealthy European families to include bedspreads and bohças made with the dival technique for their daughter's trousseaus.  During the late 19th Century, many travelers to Istanbul described items of dival embroidery specifically made for commercial, export purposes. So... these is a great history here! The unique history of this particular cape is even more fascinating. The owners' father was a DJ with the Armed Forces Radio during WWII.  In the closing months of the war, his unit took over a castle outside of Frankfurt called "The Von Bruning Castle".  The castle was abandoned "in a hurry" and he and the other troops went hunting for "spoils of war" (an acceptable practice then I'm told).  This was one of the items he collected and shipped back home to New Mexico where it's been ever since.  So if you think of yourself (as I do) as a Princess, you'll love the fact that this is from an actual European castle! :)  Brushed ecru woolen fabric, open at the front, with a high collar, fastened beneath the collar with a rolled thread button and loop. Various designs motifs have been embroidered in gold bullion thread, on the front and back of the cape symmetrically arranged around the opening. A few turquoise beads embellish along with a few delicate drops!  Some of the embroidery is even 3-D.  I've found it's easier to find these capes in the shorter circular "shoulder" length, but rarer to find one this long!  Excellent condition (nearly mint) with just a few extreme minor issues.. tiny moth nips of just the fluff of the wool (these are not holes!), two light tiny spots I practically dare you to find, and one rolled thread "button" missing!  Even the original ivory silk lining is near mint.  Consider making a grand entrance in this! 

$ 1,185. SOLD


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#6766 - c. 1903 Trained Taupe Wool Flannel Cutwork 2-piece Tea Gown!  I work very hard to try to find the most beautiful items for this website.  I've seen sooo many antique/vintage pieces in my life, it takes more and more to excite me.  So I was happy to find a few really special pieces lately!  How do ya like this one??  For those of you who are purists, I have to say upfront that the gorgeous and vibrant turquoise silk lining has been replaced by an expert (certainly not by me!).  This turquoise peeks through all the small cutwork dots and soutache ornaments!!  Fantastic!!  The exterior taupe wool gown (and now the turquoise lining as well) is in excellent condition with only the most tiny and minor moth holes!  Look at the close-up photos to see all the detail of chenille soutache embroidery and needle lace high collar and cuffs, gold enamel buttons, scalloped cuffs, etc. Measures: 35/36" bust, 26/27" waist, 40" long from waist to hem in front, 57" long in back. A Very wearable gown!!!  I would probably wear a cameo pin at the front neck... it would be the perfect complement. 

$ 1,845.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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#6745 - c. late 1870's/early 1880's Fan Trained Wedding Gown of Cream Silk Satin with Crystal Beading! First thing you have to do is click on the photo at the left to see the extensive white crystal beading down the front of the skirt, around the neckline and on the sleeves. Only the wealthiest of brides would have such an elaborate wedding gown!  Likely too small to be worn today (unless you are a Calista Flockhart or Audrey Hepburn build). Awesome details including self-fabric pleated fans on the skirt sides.  I've added a sprig of wax flowers at the bust (doesn't come with it), but I would decorate this gown with additional similar wax or silk blossoms.  The condition is excellent, with a few issues to explain.  First off the dress itself is excellent with no underarm staining or anything... strong material... clean interior.  However, there is one spot on front side skirt (see photos) and then the fact that the netting behind the beading is torn away, yet the beading is strong everywhere but on one shoulder where the beading needs to be retacked.  Still, it is mostly all there! Just needs a little TLC to be nearly mint.   Measures:  30" bust, 23"/24" waist, 38" long skirt from waist to hem in front, and 66" long in back. 

$ 1,785. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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#5693 - c. 1889-1892 Mme. Lambert de St-Omer Black Lace Cape with Black Bead and Chenille Yoke!  Thanks to Mark who deciphered the name on this label... but it seem no one can read second line (address?) on this cape! Possibly a N-V, though I don't know what that would mean? I will let you figure out what you think it is. This black lace cape is fairly easy to date as it has tiny shoulderpads!  So if you look through the fashion magazines of the time, you will see that the shoulders popped up from about 1889-1892 and the expanded into the extremely huge "mutton" and "balloon" sleeves of the mid 1890's... at which point the capes got shorter to look better with the voluminous sleeves.  This cape is still in Excellent condition (except for one area at midback where the lace has some small breaks (see photos - easily disguised in all this lace!) and the fact that the beading threads are brown (yet amazingly still strong, and beads are staying on!).  Nothing else wrong to report to you.  Fresh from a Southern estate where you'd expect them to want a nice "airy" lace cape! :)  I still don't know how they survived in their corsets and head-to-toe dresses without air conditioning!!!   We are SUCH wimps today, eh? :)  Measures:  38" long from shoulder to hem and will fit most anyone.  

$ 385.  SOLD


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#4511 - c. 1892 Reception Gown of Golden Ecru Brocade with Rare Watteau Train!  These photos may not give you the full effect of the beauty of the color of this brocade.. it's a gorgeous golden ecru... very rich looking! Hard to believe there is no designer name on the petersham!! This is one of the best reception gowns I've had due to the unique and fairly rare watteau bow back!  That piece of the train is actually part of the skirt that hooks high onto the bodice with hooks.  The gown is edged with a pretty silk ribbon, gathered and purposely "distressed" to create the design. The interior bodice is cotton so it's in near mint condition - with the original bust pads still soft and in place (!).  The hemline of the underskirt has a still triple ruffle.   Measures:  30" bust, 21" waist, 41" long from waist to hem, 72" long in back. Near Mint condition with just a couple hooks/eyes missing, and some rust spotting ONLY on lining.  The exterior is like  Crazy good.... you'd almost think you've gone back in time!  And perhaps with this gown, you could.  Tiny size, so really only for display or your young daughter. 

$ 1,895.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 00
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#6747 - c. 1860's Trained White Fine Linen 2-piece Gown Trimmed in Purple Ribbon! Civil War Era! Wearable Size!  OK...  This gown leaves me weak in the knees!  I rarely see a 1860's gown that I love... usually they are just too dark, or plaid, or something other than "heavenly" like this particular one!  Two-piece, fine linen lawn gown with deep v-front bodice, pagoda sleeves, long back streamers attached to back bodice, bodice and trained skirt are trimmed with purple silk taffeta ribbons and embroidered white on white lace. Like I said "HEAVENLY"!   Measures:   35/36" bust, 26" underbust /ribcage (14.5" long from shoulder to bottom of bodice), 27" waist, 40" long skirt at front,  67" long at back.  Excellent condition with just the tiniest holes and period mends on skirt, pinhead rust stains and one on shoulder.  Other than that one rust spot shown in photo, most anyone would call this MINT condition.  Crisp, white, and strong! Shown with a hoop petticoat under (doesn't come with it -my hoop is a 1950's era, so you can easily buy one - find one where the hoops don't show through as this dress is fairly sheer).  The bodice is short, so you will want to wear a white or matching purple sash/belt.  Wearable for a 1860's Civil War era wedding gown... ooh carrying a bouquet of purple flowers.  I always say I seek out the best of the best for this website... you gotta agree with me that I hit the jackpot on this one, eh? 

$ 2,685.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2/4, small ribcage 6
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#9986 - c. 1926/1927 EXTRAORDINARILY RARE ATTRIBUTED TO JEANNE LANVIN Ivory Silk Evening Coat with Fur Collar Lined in Brown Silk Velvet! This fabulous piece just came to me "out of the blue" from the descendant of a wealthy woman who travelled in only the best circles.  The family oral history is that this coat was a "runway" piece from Jeanne Lanvin's Parisian Couture house. My expert fashion historian dated it to likely Winter 1927 due to the bell-bottomed sleeves (introduced in 1926 - but at the height of fashion in the
Autumn/Winter collections of 1927, when couturiers used all their design ingenuity in finding clever dressmaker details, and decorative treatments, to emphasize these flaired, wide-bottomed sleeves.  Certainly, the extraordinary cartridge-pleating on this coat qualifies as a "clever dressmaker detail."  The placement of this decoration, both to emphasize the width of the sleeve and to suggest a slight flare toward the hem of the garment, reinforces this probability.   The quality of the materials, and the craftsmanship, do suggest that this is real couture, missing label notwithstanding.  In the Fall of 1927, both Doeuillet and Martial & Armand showed coats that vaguely resemble this one, but while there are no specific "designerisms," to verify the Lanvin attribution, there is also no compelling reason to doubt the family tradition that it is, indeed, by Lanvin.  This MAY be a "one of a kind" sample, and if so... it's certainly extremely rare!  The exterior is ivory silk tightly gathered into the "feather" scalloped edged design in the bell sleeves and stepped sides and back.  The interior is completely lined in a brown silk velvet. The large collar worn as you see or high and tight (as often seen in the 1920s) is a brown silky fur (not sure what).  There are no closures on the coat.. it just stays open as you see, or use a brooch to close... the fashion etchings from that era just show coats held closed when wrapped.  It's quite small... as shown on the size 2 mannequin, it really should wrap a slight bit more... so it's better for a size 0 today.   The condition is very good... Excellent in the structure and the detailing, but the plain ivory silk has large waterspots (light, but they are there) in the front (see photos)... and age spotting on the inside (not seen) under the velvet lining. This is really a coat for a collection or museum as it's SO special!   Or certainly if you have a Lanvin retrospective ball to attend....  well, this should be one of the highlights of that evening!  A RARE DESIGNER 1920s COAT! 

$ 5,000. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0
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#6819 - c. 1920's RARE Pink Silk "Hair" Flapper Cloche! The ULTIMATE Flapper Headpiece! Likely Parisian!  I will reiterate from the listing above... If you have been one of my website groupies for awhile, you might have seen the gold bullion "hair" cloche I sold some years back (still in my sold museum section). I bought that last one in London and hated to sell it as I had never seen another in my 35+ years of collecting.  So, since then I've been searching everywhere for others!  AMAZINGLY, I found two of these recently and again, it kills me to put these up on the website as I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!   And since, if asked what I would most like to collect, it would be flapper headpieces.  But I know there are others of "me" out there also with flapper collections, so... WAAAHHH.... you get the opportunity to own these forever!  Absolutely amazing!! It's a cloche woven with pink silk threads in the shape of a classic 1920's hairdo... complete with the wavy hairs all over, and the pinned up "longer" hair at the back and coiled at the sides in braids (Princess Leahish!). This piece has the original tiny purply-blue flowers at the sidepieces!!  Nice!! I suppose this is the ultimate hat for a "bad hair day"!!! Excellent condition with the only thing to mention a bit of "hair" out of place for an ever so slightly "tousled" look, and the silk interior is torn (though in most cases this would just be a total loss, so nice to still have some of the original interior silk... with writing!). This will easily fit a 22" head, and even a 23" head! Nearly impossible to measure, but it's large on my normal 22" head (as you can see in the photos) and will fit, but higher on the 23" head - see other photos).  I assume originally this was worn by a women who didn't yet want to cut her long hair into the fashionable "bob", so wore this over that full hair (which is why it's larger).  Absolutely a Museum quality piece! Likely Parisian piece - has some writing inside with name. Also listed in the Museum and Hats, etc. Category.

$ 2,850.  SOLD on LAYAWAY


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#9982 - c. 1920's CHANEL, Paris Adaptation Red Silk Velvet Flapper Coat! Amazingly, this is the 2nd of these Chanel Adaptation velvet flapper coats I've had! The first one was sold a few years ago, but was a black velvet.  This one is a strikingly beautiful ruby red silk velvet!!  To explain... there is the authentic Coco Chanel piece from the 1920's that are quite rare. So, a few of the top designers agreed to license adaptations which are exact replicas of the authentic items made from the same time period and often made using the actual fabrics bought from the designer.  I would imagine that this gorgeous ruby red silk velvet flapper coat is indeed made from the same silk velvet that Chanel used... because it is one of the plushest, softest velvet I have ever felt (and I've felt a lot!). The detailing is all in the ruched collar (similar to the Worth Velvet coat I sold from the 1930s).  The quality of the design is in the elegant simplicity.  The condition is Excellent on the exterior. The ivory silk lining has just a bit of ripping at the underarms.  It's a wrap coat with no closures, or you can wear open. 

$ 945.   SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0-6
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#6658 - c. 1920's White Net Gauze Embroidered Dress! Great dress with lots of detailing! Looks great on me even though it's way larger than I would normally wear anything, but that's the greatness of 20's dresses.... they are meant to be worn larger.  It's all about the dress, not the shape.  So if it's all about the dress, the dress better be fabulous... as is this!  So pretty, it can be worn for an informal wedding dress.  Ankle length on me at 5'2".  Shorter would also look great, or... wear with a longer underdress/slip.  You can choose any color, or white.  Fabulous white embroidery at mid section, filet embroidered lace in a zig-zag design.  Short cap sleeves.  Side snaps. The dress is in Very good condition as there is some pulling of material at side seams area ( see photos).  The dress may have been smaller at side seams?  Often these dresses look exactly the same front and back, but although the top is nearly identical both sides, the skirt is different in the back... beautifully embroidered.  I show the dress with a nude slip under, but it doesn't come with it.  Measures:  38" bust, up to 35" waist, up to 38" hips, 52" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 1,465.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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#6245 - c. 1882 Wedding Bustle Gown of Ivory Satin with Pearls and Silk Confetti Fringe! Back Lacing! Long Train!  Seems to be getting harder to find really special bustle gowns.   Or perhaps I'm just not looking in the right places.  Seems the only place I'm finding these really special bustle gowns is on my own website! :) OR, if you are quick, in YOUR closet! :)  Fabulous ivory satin wedding gown trimmed in faux pearls, great silk floss "like confetti" fringe and lace.  1882 was just before the return on the bustle, so you see the beginnings of the bunching at back with the mass of bows.  This is a one-piece gown with an attached inner slip. The bodice is cotton lined, so still in near mint condition. I love the back laced gowns... you just need the lace (a thin ribbon would work, or thin cording). Excellent condition with some pearls and the back lacing missing, minor spots in the skirt which can totally disappear with the right gathering, and the only other issue found is a minor light reddish hue on one side of bust (so light it cannot be seen in photos).  Really in as great a condition as you will find for any gown 127 years old! :) Measures: 36" bust, 24.5" waist, 13" across back, 42" long skirt in front, 78" long in back. 

$ 2,450.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 2 (small waist)
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#6066 - c. 1905 MAURICE-MAYER, Paris Ermine and Crochet Lace Winter Jacket! Very Wearable Size! I was lucky enough to have found and sold a Maurice-Mayer trained evening or bridal gown (which you can still see from my museum archive pages at:  http://www.antiquedress.com/item2839.htm  Obviously this designer label created spectacular pieces!  This jacket being yet another.  Ermine, in the past, was the fur only worn by the royals. Finally the wealthiest women had access to ermine .... but you will still find only a few pieces from this era. Off-white crochet lace edged as you see in ermine fur and trimmed in black velvet flat ribbon.  Under the lace is a sheer voile.  The interior is a thin wool to ward off the winter chill. The two rhinestone encrusted buttons at front are decorative, just closes with hook and eye.  The condition is Excellent except for the fact that the original lining is gone (the lining in the sleeves is still there but totally shredded - as was the lining of the trained evening gown I had) and a few tiny rhinestones gone from the buttons.  The label luckily still remains!  You will still see the lace and chiffon trim still at the inner sides.  Measures a very wearable up to 47" bust (!), 14" across back armseam to armseam, 21-25" long from shoulder to hem (slightly shorter in back).  

$ 1,285. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6-12 (14" across back)
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#6450 - c. 1916 Butterfly Angelic Dressing Gown Robe! Undeniably one of the most extraordinary dressing gowns from the WWII era! I had a hard time trying to date this gown... it's in near MINT condition with extremely strong fabric and laces.  You think it's likely newer than 1916, but nothing else fits the style and shape, and certainly the only label in the gown at mid-back that reads "back centre" is older type and the older of European spelling of "centre".  The gown is a confection of pure cream color silk (?) and gold metallic trims. There is an inner skirt with tiny pleated hem and an overskirt of net with lace and gold metallic embellishments. The bodice has metallic stitching in a quilted pattern and gold accented laces around the neckline and down the front.  It buttons up the front.   Measures:  34" bust, 25/26" high-ish waist, 26.5" ribcage, 56" long from shoulder to hem.  Another way of dating this gown is for the length... which is fairly short, which was the "new" just-above-ankle length from the mid-teens.  If you are 5'2" to 5'4" it will be close to the floor as you see.  If you are taller, it would be worn at the more era correct length. I am at a bit of a loss confirming that the fabric is silk as it's just in too good a condition, so it's possible this is a very early "artificial silk" later named rayon.  It's a fabulous material, soft as silk, but strong as rayon!!   

$ 1,895. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6
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#9935 - c. 1908 Black Lace Overdress Gown!  I'm dating this just by the Princess shape simplicity of 1908.  If you think I'm off by a few years, let me know. But I'm close, I'm sure.  Absolutely "killer" black lace overdress of extraordinary beauty.  All you would need is a colored or nude underdress (easy for a seamstress to make).  Think of the possibilities!  A red/burgundy underdress would give the Titanic look.  A nude would take their breath away!  White for an unbelievable Black & White gala ballgown.  Light blue would be darling... and any other color that suits your mood.  The long sleeves are horizontally striped lace, and the rest of the dress has an almost art nouveau look.  NOTE:  the square neckline shape is pinned at the lower straps, otherwise it was much too wide for her shoulders/bust... so you can indeed wear like this or if you are wider-shouldered it would be a bit more rounded neckline.  The dress is also shown worn long, but it WILL train in the back as it's longer.  Measures:  36/37" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 34" hips (best - but if you are larger, let me check first to see if it will fit. It has some give, but you don't want to stress it too much), 60" long from shoulder to hem in front, 77" long in back. Snaps in back are VERY strong, so just unsnap with care and strong nails! :)  The dress is in Very Good condition.... there are a few lace breaks and small netting holes here and there, but nothing dramatic (see photos).  Many are fixable with a few stitches.  The netting holes can be patched if you care, or just let be. 

$ 1,285.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8 (check hips)
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#6061 - c. 1915-1920 LORD & TAYLOR French Blue Silk Velvet and Floral and Gold Lame Deco Evening Cape! I don't really have to say much about this, do I?  Come on... I mean, if you don't understand how great this piece is, then you probably shouldn't call yourself a deco lover! :)  I mean... just look at it! Even more special in person because the printed deco gold lame gets a bit washed out in the photos.... because when the light hits it, it just shimmers with gold highlights!! The gold lame deco design and embroidery is a persimmon coral, french blue, off-white and soft black. Then the french blue silk velvet similarly shimmers (as only antique velvet can!)from french blue to a silvery hue. Awesome!  In addition, you will see in the photos the heavy silk and gold metallic floss embroidery at the transition from velvet to lame.  Wide floppy collar.  Closes with simple hook/eye.  Fully lined in ecru silk crepe lining which is all over lightly water-stained, but still all there... and you won't ever see this when wearing!  Excellent condition exterior with just a bit of fading on one side only seen under the harshest of lights.  If you check out the cape under normal lighting conditions, you'll think I'm crazy... and you will find NOTHING wrong with it!   Measures:  51" long from shoulder to hem.   

$ 1,685. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE Small/Medium
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#4539 - c. 1921 MADELINE & MADELINE, Paris Bottle Green Silk Velvet Embroidered and Beaded 2-piece Dinner Dress! Sold at Bergdorf & Goodman, Co. OK.. pay attention now...  you may not know this label, but you should! A very important Parisian label, they opened their couture house in 1919, but unfortunately they were one of the first casualties of the Depression so Madeline & Madeline garments are very hard to find!  The rest of the label reads:  Modele Depose  and Marque Déposée  (I suppose you want me to tell you what that means, but I'm one of those stupid Americans who can only speak American! :)    However thanks to my Canadian web-friend, who translated for me:  Marque Déposée means that the trade mark, in this case Madeleine & Madeleine, is registered and protected under law and Modèle Déposé means that the actual style is registered and protected.  THANKS Mark!  The Bergdorf label is one of the oldest I've seen!  Very dark bottle green silk velvet (chinchilla soft velvet!) dress with nude net bodice (see last photos - too small for my mannequin so it's a bit funny looking) with great draping at skirt side embroidered with ivory silk floss and tube shaped seed pearls in floral and leaf design.  The same embroidery on the batwing overblouse with wide floss and beaded waistband.  Simply elegant!  Excellent condition with just some beads missing which hardly affects the design from afar and three small velvet crushes at front skirt (just need steaming out). Measures:  32" bust (underdress), 26" waist, up to 36" hips. Also Listed in the Museum Section. 

$ 3,850.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
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#4056 - c. 1905 E. CHARLES, New York Ivory Floral Silk Brocade Lace and Velvet Evening Coat in the Style of the House of Worth!  Ah... if only I could prove my theory that this is indeed a Worth, with the importer's New York label.  I have seen a very similar piece WITH the Worth label intact. And certainly the details, inner pink mauve chiffon ruffle and beauty of the floral silk brocade material all seems to scream Worth... to me.  You will have to decide what you think as there is no way to do anything but to sell it priced "as is" with just the E. Charles, New York label. Gold bullion embroidered applique trim on dark olive velvet high collar and yoke and sleeve trim. Heavy dark ecru lace sleeves and yoke trim.  The pink mauve chiffon lines the lace sleeves and peaks out in pleated form at the cuffs.  Olive chiffon edges the pink mauve chiffon around cuffs and inside back of neck.  Condition:  The exterior brocade is great! As is the lace sleeves as is the cotton olive velvet.  The gold lace is tarnished, but all there. So, the exterior is quite wonderful. It's the interior with problems. The satin lining has quite a few slits  but is all still there. The pink mauve chiffon and lining is torn inside the sleeves and chiffon has a few tears at cuffs.  The chiffon is also worn at inside back neck (hidden with collar worn up as shown). Measures:  46" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition with slight dirt marks on exterior. So... it's a beautiful display piece, and with a relining, you may want to wear it out to your most special event.  

$ 2,450. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE Small/Medium
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#6535 - c. 1926 Black and White Silk Print Day Dress!  I usually stick with evening or fancy dresses and gowns, but every once in a while a fabulous day dress comes along in near Mint condition.  So what's a girl to do?  Leave it there? No way!! Especially not when the dress is as "yummy" as this sweet thing.  Great black and white "daisy" silk print trimmed in solid black silk at tiered skirt, bow tie at neckline, stripes down front, back tie and bow at front dropped waist which has a terrific silver embossed faux buckle.  I can't find anything wrong with this dress... either in design or condition!  It's like new... Ok... except for one slight pull at back sleeve seam. Snap cuffs. Measures: 38-40" bust, up to 43" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem, 14.5" across back between armseams.  No closures - just goes on over the head.  Meant to be worn loose.  A rare beauty!

$ 685.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6/8, perhaps small back 10
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#4597 - c. 1912 Incredible Bright Lavender Chiffon and Silk Satin Edwardian Gown with Crystal Beading and Beaded Fringe! Regal enough for a royal princess! And if you are anything like me.. that means YOU! I'm sure I was royalty during at least one of my previous lives! :) And I would certainly have ordered this gown.. perhaps one in every color! Wonderful brilliant lavender silk satin with an overlay of matching lavender chiffon covered with clear crystal beading in shapes of spires and dripping with crystal beaded fringe! She looks like a snowflake! (or is it just me!) And why do I end every sentence with a exclamation point?! The bodice is cotton lace. This is a gown for your collection, display or for those of you blessed with Audrey Hepburn's ultra thin frame. She was a tiny girl... so tiny that she even "enhanced" her bust with a bit of extra material inside!! The first "bra stuffer"! :) Measures: 32" bust, 25" empire waist, 36" hips, 58" long from shoulder to hem in front, 62" long in back. Heavily weighted hemline. Basically in Excellent condition. A few hooks need stitching, satin lining is just beginning to go, there are rhinestones missing from the ornaments around neckline on lace (I can probably fix that for you), one tiny hole in chiffon skirt, and the weighted hem needs a quick stitching.. but you will find fewer better in beauty, condition, ornamentation.. and last but by no means least.. in such a remarkable color! Note.. the necklace doesn't come with the gown... but the huge velvet orchid corsage flower at front was on the gown when I purchased it.. so it's yours. Looks great! 

$ 3,450.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0/2
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#6179 - c. 1882 Black Silk Taffeta Bustle Gown!  Near Mint Condition! Like new!  Really... it's unbelievable that this is over 120 years old!  Wonderfully elaborate with all the bells and whistles you would want in a bustle gown - pleats, swags, bows, tucks, fringed gathered rosettes, crochet buttons, etc., etc.  Just take the time to look at the close-up photos of all the detailing (click on photo at left).  Even has things you didn't know you wanted, like the skirt having a hidden pocket under one of the tiers of lace. The cuffs are great - like little ribbon tied gifts.  The bodice is boned also with a hidden inside pocket.   Measures: 32" bust (fits more like a 30" bust due to 12" across back), tight ribcage, 26/27" waist, 40" long skirt from waist to hem.  Could certainly have been a half-mourning gown due to the black silk taffeta and white tulle trim at cuffs and neck.  Shown over a bustle not included.  For display, you would only have to stuff the backside with cotton or tissue for the right look if you don't have a bustle.  One of those elaborate pieces you can get lost in while looking at all the detailing.  Enjoy her!  

$ 1,585. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0
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# 11145 - c. 1870's 3-piece Brown Victorian Bustle Gown!  First let me tell you that I have the button that is missing at the bustline.  Sorry, it fell off when I was photographing, so I will sew it back on for you. That's the only sewing I can do!  The other button that would have been at the top of the bodice is gone, but this is usually were a large cameo pin or something was worn, so it's possible that button has been gone for quite awhile.   Check out the photos to see that there is a skirt and then a separate overskirt with the silk fringe.  The bodice has the bustle bow fringe back with the fringe around the "v" front and at the cuffs.   Love the detail on the lower skirt... the row of "v" design.   So... if you are looking at the photos, you will see that there are a few problems with this gown.  There is a section at the side bodice that has holes, and on one shoulder.  Also there is a drip stain on the back skirt, and some other holes as you will see in the photos, along with some additional mostly unseen pinholes. You see red under the last holes from the petticoat I have under (doesn't come with it, nor does the bustle cage).  Oh, and you will need hooks on the waistbands.   Measures:  32" bust (but as most of these are, very small back),  up to 26" waist, 39" long from waist to hem in front, 47" long in back. NEW LISTING!  

 SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 00
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# 11054 - c. 1910 Edwardian Lawn Gown of White Linen, Soutache and Irish Crochet!  Evoking a summer evening playing croquet, or walking along the seashore on a wooden boardwalk.   Ah, these Edwardian lawn dresses are wonderful.  This one is a good weight linen trimmed in heavy braided soutache and trimmed in the coveted Irish crochet lace at yoke, neck and cuffs.  Crocheted buttons for decoration.  Box pleats in lower skirt.  The neck isn't closed at the back because my dressform is a hunchback!  Yes, I keep telling her to "stand up straight", but she just never listens to me!!  Excellent condition with just minor issues.... a couple spots and leg breaks on the lace neck (see photos), a few hooks need eyes (with one tiny tear where the eye would have been), and the crochet buttons have darkened a bit with age.  All issues are very minor.  This linen wears like iron, so this should have a good long life left!   Measures: 35/36" bust, up to 29" slightly empire waist, up to 44" hip, 55" long from shoulder to hem. 

$ 645.  
SOLD on LAYAWAY 

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 0523 - c. 1906 Ecru Lacy Silk Crepe Trained Gown OK girls... I'm putting up some of my gorgeous gowns that aren't in perfect condition.  I really hate to sell anything that isn't perfect, but so many of you have asked for more affordable, yet still fantastic pieces... so.... here we go!  Think fast!  For these prices, and the fact that beauties like this are getting much harder to find in ANY condition.  This is an ecru silk gown with tons of heavy lace trim and lace inserts and 3" wide Irish Crochet lace insets down the skirt at front, sides and back. There are light spots here and there all over, but they are light. The underarms are surprisingly clean! There are a few minor lace breaks and two pinhead size holes in lower back skirt. The inner bodice lining is (thank god) cotton (yeah!) so it's in great condition, however the inner lining of the sleeves is silk and therefore torn up... but it's just the lining.  From a short distance, it looks quite good, but it's really just the light spots all over that make this problematic for perfectionists like me.   Oh, and the size.  It's a 22" waist!!!  Tiny!! So I photographed it on mannequin of 35" bust, 25" waist so you can see how much you might have to increase the size for a normal sized woman to wear.  NEW LISTING!   FINAL SALE ITEM! 

$ 645.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE: 000
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# 5935 - c. 1920s Black Sheer Georgette Chiffon Covered Overdress with Black Beads with 3-Diamensional Bugle Bead "Flowers"!   Art Deco at its best!  Very popular during the 1920s were these open sided tunic dresses meant to be worn over a simple tubular slip.  Changing up the color of the slip with dramatically change the look of the dress.  Wear black slip under, and the dress will just show off its shape and sparkle under lights.  Wear a nude slip under, and you'll see all the details as you see here.  Wear red slip under, and you have that "Titanic Rose's Gown" look, etc., etc.  The special aspects of this piece are the handkerchief open sleeves, the open "keyhole" cut outs at the shoulders, and the incredible 3-dimensional black bugle beaded flowers scattered about.  Hard to show in the photos, and more impressive in person!  The sides close at the hip with one tiny rhinestone "flower" snap. Measures: up to 50" bust/waist/hips (!), 49" long from shoulder to hem. Excellent condition.  I only found one teeny tiny little pull at the upper front (or back as you can wear this frontward or backward - as it's the same either way)... see last photo to see.  A perfect 20s dress for those of just about any size.  Looks great on the size 6 mannequin, and yet will fit up to a size 14/16 or so! Great piece for you yo-yo dieters... it will ALWAYS fit! :)   A lovely piece. NEW LISTING!  

$ 1,385. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4 - 16 (nearly one size fits all)
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#9971 - c. 1850's Gown of Muted Rose Plaid Taffeta Trimmed in Black Velvet! I have to confess, at first I put this on the mannequin with the hooks in front.. but something was definitely wrong, so I turned it around and voila!  You'd think I'd know better by now... but.... I can always blame it on menopausal brain freeze. Now as for the gown, it's a lovely muted rose colored silk plaid taffeta with great detailing (see close-up photos).  The wonderful bell sleeves are trimmed in strips of black velvet.   Off the shoulder bodice, flat front skirt with gathering at sides and more at back.   Hooks and eye closures at back.  Excellent condition! The underarms are actually quite good!.  There are a few (only a few) true pinholes (seen when holding up to the light.. and one seen without... and then a small area on the skirt of what seems like a faded out area (see photos).  It's nothing of great importance, and frankly I just tried to find it for you in normal light and can't find it!!  Even looking for it!  Measures: 32/33" bust, 26" waist, (high waist - between waist and underbust), 39" long from fairly high waist to hem.  It would fit me but there is NO WAY to get this on, because the armholes are only 10" around!!!  I can't get these sleeves up my arm far enough to get the dress on.  And I have fairly thin arms for my size.  So you will have to be quite thinner than this to get the dress on.  Or... renovate to open the armholes.  For display, it's gorgeous.  And it's very wearable (thin but still strong taffeta) if it will fit you!  

SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2 (see above for size issue)
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