C. 1870- 1872. Purple striped silk taffeta bustle dress
with grey irridescent sheen.
Trimmed with silk hand tied fringe. Center front
closure with hooks and hand sewn eyes.
at neckline and shoulder/ bustline. Nicely pleated, full skirt. Full length
sleeves with fringe at cuffs. Bustle back
with overskirt of bows trimmed
waist belt with mini bow at front waist. Back
of bustle also trimmed with mini bow and gathered to drape nicley over skirt. Some very minor fading to top of dress. 2 small holes at bust. Fully >lined
in cotton. Upper chest is lightly lined/ quilted to provide a more rounded bustline. Skirt has purple velvet binding along hem. In very good, clean condition.Silk
is in good, supple condition. Bust 32, waist 24, skirt length 40.5.(Formerly from the collection of Melanie Talkington)