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1830s cotton dress

#2828 $1,050

Cotton summer dress, 1830s

The refreshing simple stripe pattern of the printed cotton is a rare alternative to more common floral prints. Of the period striped fabrics which I have found, most were of silk.

The slightly high waisted bodice is transitional from the 1820s Empire style to the 1850s natural waist position. Lined with heavy ivory cotton, the bodice closes in back with hooks.

A few snaps were added to the neckline and waistline at a later date. They would be easy for the purist to remove.

The neckline, shoulder seams, waistline, and armholes are finished with narrow self-corded piping. The sleeve ruffles are also piped at the top.

The handsewn dress has one minor alteration: the top of the skirt was taken up about 1/2" in front. The original fabric is still intact.

For a fine historical artifact worn during the Presidency Andrew Jackson, our winsome dress is in remarkably good condition. This costume treasure is a fashion two-fer: an in-focus snapshot of fashion in transition; and a captivating style statement from 180 years ago.

The condition is very good. The dress presents as in "excellent condition." On close inspection, you will find the underarms slightly stained, mainly on the inside lining fabric.

It measures: 35" bust; 23" waist; 12 1/2" from the shoulder to the high waist; 17" sleeve length; and 51" from shoulder to front hem.

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