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1920's To The 1930's Period, US, Commerically Made, "Flapper" Woman's, Light Brown Color, Dress, With Matching Coverlet, and Extras
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This dress is believed to be of the 1920's to the 1930's period, but we are not sure. The buyer will have to make that determination themselves. From studying the style and construction of this magnificent dress compared to many others that we have owned or seen over the last 31 years, we are fairly sure that the dating is about as accurate as can be determined. This dress is un-tagged, but is probably of U.S. origin, and not a European import, not that it would really matter much. The museum acquired this dress in 2001 from a local antique shop that got this antique dress ensemble from a local estate auction. This magnificent dress is what many call a "FLAPPER" style of a dress that were immensely popular during the depression/prohibition era of the early 30's period. The museum purchased almost every vintage garment that this old antique shop had and then tried to put whole ensembles together from all of the many items acquired. We were told that they all came from the same woman....but who can tell anymore! This dress is being sold as a grouping compiled from items that matched the closest, and all from the same lady.
The dress is constructed out of a ultra sheer, very light weight material, reminiscent of the sheer material used on women's nylon stockings. We could not find any damage to this garment, and the color and pattern design is so complicated that nothing would show anyway. Putting all the garments into 1 group, we would very conservatively rate them all as in a LOW EXCELLENT CONDITION. This dress is in a smaller size, as they almost always are. The material is intact and very fragile. And like for all of our clothing being sold....none of it is being sold to wear. These are historical museum grade garments. The second item to be included with this beautiful groupins is a completely matching "coverlet" (?). This odd attachment has all the makings of a frontally tied shawl, but in this case it also has long sleeves built in. This coverlet has some tearing on each shoulder seam area, which is invisible when it is draped over the matching dress. We thus conservatively rate this coverlet as in a LOW GOOD CONDITION.
The next item included with this dress ensemble is a very yellow-white color slip, which is untagged in this case. This slip appears to be a hand made item. It's sewing seams are of a rather unusual pattern too. This slip has an age toned appearance of a soft light yellow shade. The slip has some small inconsequential size stains and a few snags so we conservatively rate it in a LOW GOOD PLUS CONDITION. The 3rd item to be included in this grouping is a velvet, hand made hot constructed of a lighter shade, material than the dress. It has a few tiny stain dots scattered about, but otherwise it is O.K. We conservatively rate it in a LOW GOOD CONDITION. The 4th item to be included are an EXCELLENT CONDITION pair of beige color, thigh high, winter weight, cotton, full fashioned seamed stockings. They are unmarked, which unfortunately for stocking collectors makes them hard to date. They come with a bottom half of an original stocking box. For this dress they could be replaced with summer weight types as an alternative. The 5th and last item(s) to be included are a pair of reddish-brown color, high heeled "Oxford" style shoes, that are labeled "Nanette Imperials", and "Made in Brazil". They are in VERY GOOD CONDITION. They have 3 inch high, stacked wood heels, which are rather high for an "Oxford" style of a shoe. They were expensive shoes in their day as they are of deluxe, all leather construction.
Comments from the Curator:
This ensemble is a perfect example of a Flapper's style dress that were so prevalent and immensely popular during the prohibition era. The condition is as fine as one can get these days, and impossible to improve upon. Such light weight garments as this were so delicate that almost none survived, making them very rare to find today. Prived very reasonably for so many fine items.
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