Stunning Victorian blouse in black silk. High lace neck with two pieces of boning, but the boning is not original to the blouse. Vertical pintucks. Bishop sleeves. Hooks and eyes all down the back. No label. I believe this is 1890s or 1900s.
Great to excellent vintage condition, especially given its age. Still very wearable, especially with just a little tlc. The things to note are: a hole, about two inches long on a sleeve. See photo. A skilled seamstress could probably repair it quite easily and it would barely show due t the volume of the sleeve. Thats really the worst of it. Otherwise, there was a piece along the bottom of the front thats been removed, so the front is a little rough. If you are going to tuck this shirt into a skirt, as would be correct for the period, it wouldn't show anyway. Otherwise there is an inch opening along one cuff seam, and some threadbare spots. Also, I believe that this used to have ties at either side that drew it in tight at the back, and you can kinda of see where those used to be. But they're no longer with us.
Measurements when lying flat.
Shoulder to shoulder: 15.5"
Armpit to armpit across bust: 42"
Waist: 45" meant to be pulled in to fit.
Shoulder to waist at side: 20"
Please note: These are vintage, preworn and/or preloved items. I do my utmost best to list any issues, but signs of wear should be expected, and there are occasionally small things I won't deem worthy of note. Please feel free to send me a missive with any questions. I'm truly happy to help in any way possible and I'm always up for a chat. Any accessories shown, including crinolines, are for display only, not included unless otherwise stated.