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bustle dress petticoat



#7543 $750

Bustle dress petticoat, 1870s

Collectors of antique clothing know it is often harder to find the correct underpinnings than the right dress itself. An exemplar of needle arts techniques, our petticoat (or underskirt) is a special find for the collector.

The white cotton petticoat is lavishly trimmed with bands of narrow tucks, ruching (diagonal bands), and broderie anglaise.

I photographed the petticoat over a bustle pad from the period so you can see how the fabric falls in back, where the petticoat closes with a small mother-of-pearl button.

The broderie anglaise pattern features eyelets as bunches of grapes, which alternate with embroidered grape leaves. Originating in Eastern Europe, broderie anglaise became a favorite decorative fashion treatment in Victorian England.

The condition is excellent. The petticoat looks like it was never worn.

It measures: 26" waist, 39" front length, and 57" back length.

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