Two piece dress from the nineteenth century


This two piece dress may have been worn as a wedding gown or was part of a trousseau. It is made of gold-color silk satin, and the bodice is boned with deep points front and back. It has a laced center front closing with elbow length sleeves. The deep "U" neckline is filled with ecru lace and embroidered net, and has fringed ruching. There is lace around bottom of the bodice and at the sleeves. The bustle-back skirt has a very long train with irregular pleats. The front hem has pleated, up-turned curves. The dress has a draped panel at its left side, and is lined with buckram. There is a hook-and-eye closure at the waist. The bodice is labeled Newcomb Endicott, Detroit. It was possibly worn by Kate Bock of Battle Creek, who married George W. Tanner of Indianapolis, October 2, 1882.

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