C. 1837-1840. A late Regency era high waisted
bodice with a pointed front
purple silk satin bodice with it's matching pelerine
The sleeve cuffs
of the bodice and the edges of the pelerine are
trimmed in purple silk velvet. The bodice
has piped seams and long tight sleeves. The scoop neckline is typical of Regency and early Victorian day fashions and does not necessarily denote an evening bodice
. The pelerine however would have made it appropriate to wear when going out in the day. The bodice is not boned and is completely handsewn. It fastens up the back
with brass hook n eyes.
There is a narrow V shaped panel on the edge of the neckline which is lightly basted in. This has become unstitched.Lined
in white cotton, and due to the nature of old vegetable dyes, the purple dye has run onto the lining staining it light blue. The pelerine is lined in purple silk and glazed cotton which has also become stained. The silk lining has some perspiration staining to the back of the neck.
There is light wear to the silk on the underarms but no perspiration staining. There is light wear to the pile of the velvet (as can be expected of something this old) and also spots of light and dark discoloration on the bodice and pelerine from age and wear.
The measurements are for reference only: Bodice bust 35", High waist 29", dropped shoulder seams 21". The pelerine is slightly bigger to fit over the bodice. (Formerly L. Hidic)