C.1890s to 1900 Victorian elaborately beaded and sequinned pigeon fronted mourning bodice
This is a fabulous example of a very late Victorian/ early Edwardian ‘pigeon pout’ fronted bodice, which has been very carefully preserved. The cuffs are magnificent!
Created by Jay’s of Regent Street, who were one of the major providers of mourning wear in the City, for a Mrs Weir (as per the waist tape). Here’s a wonderful in depth bit of background on Jay’s; https://londonstreetviews.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/jays-mourning-warehouse/amp/
It’s really quite exquisite, so I have provided plenty of photos. I particularly love the heart shaped beaded motifs, and the different types of ribbon used.
Measures: it’s miraculously a little too big for my mannequin, with her 25” waist!
Bust approx 38 max with ample cup room as well
Waist 27” approx
Length centre back is 10”, with an additional 2” frill to top edge
underarm to hem at side seam is approx 9 1/2”
sleeves are approx 11” underarm to cuff
It appears to be in remarkable condition and very well preserved, with the only two areas of notable damage I noticed being..
- to the silk in the centre front which rested against the body, the placket beneath the hook fasteners (luckily underarm guards have been worn to save the sleeves and armsyces!). It is partially shredded as I assume it was exposed to moisture years ago. It is still all pretty much intact but fragile and damaged.
- damage to the fine sequinned tulle final underlayer, to the left hand front side of the bodice. This can only be found when you separate the layers, I assume it maybe caught on the hooks at some point.
These things are both shown in last photo montage.
There may be the odd loose sequin and tacking stitch, tiny hole, but otherwise it is excellent. I would say however that the silk is over 100 years old now so incredibly delicate - it stands up to gentle handling fine and integrity of chiffon etc good but I don’t know how much dancing it could stand.
£85.00 plus shipping