Regency-1820's Hats & Bonnets
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1850's-1860's Basic Bonnets
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These items are from my display/study collection. I
don't recommend wearing any of the ladies' garments. The items offered
here are a good introduction to original garments...the way they were made and
in some cases, the way they were re-made according to necessity. Handling
original garments will give you a better understanding of the fabrics and
construction methods used and will help to improve the reenactor's impression a
bit. I've kept the prices within a reasonable range, reflecting the
condition of the garments and my desire that these garments find their way into
the hands of folks who will not be afraid to study and handle them. New items
will be added as time allows. If you have questions about any of the items,
please ask. I can't cover everything in the photos. I am no longer presenting displays of my
|This appears to be an
1860's cotton wrapper, restyled a decade later to accommodate a
bustle. The seams were taken in and the flounce shortened.
The fabric is still crisp. There are signs of old tear
repairs as well as modern patching using white cotton stitched
to the wrong side. There are various stains and small
holes but the wrapper displays well on a mannequin with
appropriate under support.. Hand and machine stitching were
used. The original seams are overcast by hand. No lining
was used. One button is missing. Click photo for more images.
$50. Suitable for display, study or pattern.
||c.1883 Bustle hoop.
Steel wires joined by linen tapes. The waistband is closed
using a brass buckle with the patent date 1883. Bottom steel
approx. 78 inch dia., Fastened waist measurement 27
inches, Length at center back 30 inches. Click photo for more
images. $75. Suitable for display, study or pattern.
bustle dress of corded silk, trimmed with cotton and metallic
chemical lace and a metal buckle. Bodice is flat-lined with
printed cotton. All seams and darts are boned. One
of the cotton underarm stain shields is present. Skirt is
lined with cotton, the pleating is faced with cotton and the hem
is faced with glace' linen and edged with wool hem tape. A few
of the self fabric covered metal buttons are missing.
There are a few stains but the silk is sturdy. There is a
tear on the waistband. Approx. measurements, Bust 32 inches,
waist, 27 inches, skirt length, front 38 inches. Click photo for
more images. Sold.
|1870's 2-piece bustle
dress with tablier. The fabric is silk with a wide brocade
stripe edged by narrow satin stripes. Plum silk satin was
used for the center front of the bodice, on the sleeves and as
part of the skirt decoration. There is evidence that the
dress has been restyled from an earlier gown. Stamped metal
buttons were used on the bodice, several of which are missing.
The fabric has a few "issues" but is reasonably sturdy overall.
Click photo for more images. Sold.
||1860's silk dress
updated to a late 60's style. The skirt was altered to
allow fabric for a matching peplum. Pinked and ruched
self-fabric, silk velvet ribbon and brown velvet covered buttons
serve as decoration. The silk fabric has some shattering
and is delicate. Click photo for more images. $40.
Suitable for careful display, study or pattern. Note: the
dress was displayed on an Edwardian form, thus altering the bust
line in this photo. Sold
fragment, date unknown. The silk brocade fabric appears to
be from at least the first half of the 19th century, the
original gown restyled. The color is a stunning hot pink
with garlands of white bows running the length of the fabric.
There are a few splits here and there. The sleeves are
also included. Gray silk chiffon forms the draped overlay.
Some seams are chain stitched. Suitable for study or
repurposing. Click photo for more images. Sold..
|1860's silk bodice and
Swiss waist. The bodice has severe underarm stains.
The bobbin lace trim has separated from the header in a few
places. The decoration incorporates narrow silk velvet ribbon
with the lace. A Swiss waist, included, was created using
the matching evening bodice. I've displayed these items laid out
rather than on a form. Click photo for more images. $50. Study,
display or pattern. Sold
|1850's fan-front silk
dress, restyled. The glossy pinstriped silk is shattering
but its construction can be easily studied. This dress was
remodeled for a smaller person but retains its 50's style.
Cotton lace cuff trim, cotton braid trim on sleeve jockeys.
Shown above as I displayed it. All hand sewn. Click photo for
more images. $25. Study, very careful display or pattern.
floral printed sheer cotton organdy bustle day dress with
matching pelerine. Lilac cotton lining and center front of
bodice. Self fabric ruffle trim edged with many yards of
Valenciennes lace. There are a number of tears to the
organdy, many of which are supported with tulle. Some
staining. Most of the lace is clean. I noted no
tears to the lace. Professionally made. Click photo for more
|Edwardian high top
boots in good used condition. 10" long measuring from back of
heel to tip of toe. Sole 2 7/8 inches at the widest point.
Some staining to heel. $50. Click photo for more images.
|Late 1850's to early
60's day dress in silk brocade, leaf design. Fabric has
some tears and repairs. Large 2 piece coat sleeves with
applied self fabric decoration at sleeve head and wrist. Appears
to be all hand sewn. Skirt is unlined. Click photo for more
images. $25. Study, very careful display or pattern.
1850's to early 60's silk bodice with pagoda/funnel/bell sleeves
with golden brown silk velvet ribbon trim. All hand sewn.
Some damage to silk. Click photo for more images. $25. Study,
display or pattern. Sold