Antique, Edwardian, Handmade Tape and Needle Lace Bodice
Antique wedding bodice is made of handmade lace, a needle made lace incorporating the use of tape, with a cream silk underlay. It has a high neck, where the remnants of the original beading and silk binding can be seen. The fitted sleeves are elbow length. The lace is pleated into the V shaped waist at the front to add some fullness. It closes at the back with lots of little hooks and eyes. It is lined with cotton and has boning. The remains of the whalebone supports at the collar are still attached. Made by M.A.Riley, Boston. 1900-1910.
NB: Antique garments are very closely fitted around the back and sleeves. Ladies definitely had restricted movement.
Bust 84 cm (33"), garment measures 89 cm (35")
Waist 61 cm (24")
Shoulders 34 cm (13.5")
Back 31.5 cm (12.5")
Sleeve 39 cm (15.5")
Sleeve width at the opening 11.3 cm (4.5")
Length at the back 40.5 cm (16")
Length at the front 42-47 cm (16.5-18.5 cm)
Fair. The silk under layer is shattering, but as it's wedged between the lace and the lining and is a similar color it's not so noticeable. There are four marks on the front, each about 1 cm (3/8"). Two breaks in the lace, one on a sleeve, one at the side under the arm. The whalebone neck stays are broken.