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Commodore Perry wedding gown

#c201 $1,800   

Perry estate satin wedding gown, c.1908

This gown, along with several others previously sold, was purchased from the Commodore Perry estate. With the long sweeping train, the gown was likely worn originally as a wedding dress by one of the Commodore descendents.

I love the elegant, understated design. The skillfully cut skirt and train were wisely left unadorned, emphasizing the luxe ivory satin. The figure-flattering, princess line seams mold the gown to the torso without adding bulk at the waist and hip.

The deep neckline opening is trimmed with swags of faux pearls and lace flounces that form graceful partial sleeves.

What could be more romantic than bare shoulders with just a hint of delicate lace cover! The bodice is boned inside. The gown has an inner petersham and closes in back with hooks.

The gown was slightly modified several years ago and worn as a wedding dress. The only change was the addition of a lace panel on the bodice in back to make the gown larger through the bust and waist. Design integrity was maintained.

This luxe wedding dress can be "something old" on your special day and later passed on to your children as an heirloom. It also has great historical value for the collector. Commodore Perry was a major historical figure in 19th century American history.

On July 8, 1853 four black ships commanded by Commodore Matthew Perry anchored at Tokyo Bay. The Japanese had never seen steamships and were shocked by the number and size of the guns on board the ships.

At age 60, Commodore Matthew Perry had had a long and distinguished naval career. He brought a letter from the President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to the Emperor of Japan. On March 31, 1854 Perry received what he had tirelessly worked for—a treaty that opened up Japan to trade with the United States. On Perry's return to America, he was greeted as a hero and awarded $20,000 by the U.S. Congress.


The condition is almost excellent. The gown has several small spots on the train and is lightly soiled on several fold lines. All you need for a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wedding dress is to have it cleaned.

It measures: 38" bust, 27" waist, 38" hip and 59" from shoulder to front hem.

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