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Mourning Bodice

Mourning Bodice
This bodice dates to the very late 1860's (c. 1869) to the very early 1870's. It has many elements of the 1860's in it, such as dropped shoulder seams, piping at the seams, only 4 bones at the front of the bodice as was typical during the 60's, the princess seaming at the back of the bodice (there isn't any middle seam as later bodices would have, only two curved side princess seams) and the lining of brown cotton is typical of the 1860's. However, it shows the new "Basque bodice" that would become popular later on with the longer Basque at the front and the peplum to go over a bustle (or crinolette) at the back. It is made out of black silk taffeta, and has crepe around the cuffs of the sleeves. There are remnants of more crepe (needle marks and loose thread) to show that there had been more at one time but had been removed when deep mourning had passed. There isn't that much wear to the bodice as styles would change quickly to longer bodices in the 1870's. Measurements: Bust 44", Waist 33" Shoulders will fit around 16". (From the Leila Hidic collection)