Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#3092 - c. 1848 Blush Rose Pink Silk Moire Slightly Trained Ballgown! It's 1848 and it's Elizabeth's first Cotillion. Since they had recently moved from the country house to their city dwelling, Elizabeth knew that no one would recognize the slightly altered gown her older sister wore to her first cotillion three years earlier. And she knew what magic it could bring her, as her sister met her future husband at that ball. And Plush pink was definitely Elizabeth's color! OK, fast-forward 154 years. I'm hoping that Elizabeth's great, great, great, great, great granddaughter is checking out my website! Wouldn't that be great! Well, no matter who you are, you have to love this gown! Wonderful pale pink silk moire with extremely fitted bodice, pointed "v" waist, off-the-shoulder neckline, scalloped cap sleeves, ivory tulle and lace band around skirt bottom dotted with black velvet baby ribbon bows. Back lacing has one of the original laces. (I didn't tie to tie for you, though it will look great done up... all the eyelets are fine.) As clean and strong as they come from this era! Excellent condition, with just very minor light spots in a few places, right waist area has some staining (see photo) and one darker small spot at the pocket on skirt, Underarms are perfect Bodice boning slightly sticking through lining. Frankly it just needs someone to spend the time to steam out the velvet ribbons to tidy up to be wonderful. Measures a tiny 28" bust, 21" waist, 37" long waist to hem in front and 44" long from waist to hem in back.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study