Exceptional Victorian Black Silk & Handmade Lace Top

Rarely do I take in pieces from this time period anymore as exceptional pieces are few and far between but this one is wonderful and I could not resist. It is also shocking in that it is a wearable sizing, another rare occurrence. This elaborate and wonderful top is in outstanding condition and is truly a marvel. Everything about it is exquisite. It is cut with a graceful sweep inwards as it nears the hem. It has wonderful and elaborate sleeves that have a dramatic pouf at the top of the shoulder and end in a full 11 inch, curved cut cuff that is finished in a fine, flat ruffle treatment interspersed with a rows of hand done embroidered cutouts on silk. It is pleated through the back and these angle in and toward the slightly raised waistline. The front It is all finished with the same technique used on the cuffs and form a sweeping panel across the shoulders that tapers down in a point towards the waist. It is remarkable and in excellent, museum quality condition.

Fully  lined in a fine black silk. It closes with a series of hook & eye to close on the inner corset and then again on the outer layer of the blouse. Fully boned with steel boning. Wear on the top of one portion of the boning and that one piece shows through.  The hand work is evident throughout and this is a remarkable, fine early antique pieces.

Note that antique and twenties pieces are final sale. They will be packed exceedingly well and we only sell pieces that will stand up to the stress of shipping, however, having pieces potentially shipped multiple times through multiple customs and countries is too hard on garments that are historically important and deserve to be treated wil love and care. Please purchase accordingly.

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: approx 14
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist stay: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam, 14" of you do not hook the stay.
Length: 20.5" from neck to hem at the front, 15" at the back

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML (the dress form it is on is a size 6 and it just fit)

Item# S799

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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