Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#3437 - c. 1868 Heavy Ivory Silk Faille with Chenille Fringe Wedding Gown!
Alonzo H. Wood didn't know if he would survive the Civil War but he kept looking at the beautiful daguerreotype of his lady love in Boston. He knew if he made it home alive, he would ask her to marry him. He only hoped that she had waited for him. She did. And this is the gown she wore to their wedding in 1868. Her name is written on the inside of the gown, Mrs. Alonzo H. Wood. She was a vision in this heavy silk faille gown trimmed in chenille fringe around sexy low, low décolleté neckline (net covers upper chest), around cuffs, and around edge of peplum. This peplum is actually part of the belt (with rose decoration at front and back) which extends to form long back panels which terminate in large ivory and gold tassels. Fabulous heavy silk rope at hemline. I added a wax decoration at the neckline as she would have worn a piece of jewelry there... but I don't have the perfect cameo pin for the photograph, so the wax piece will have to do! Excellent condition. Shown over a hoop.

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study

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