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This is an original 1856 hand-colored steel engraving of two fashionable outfits for Victorian ladies. On the left is an evening dress, suitable for the opera, of ash-colored silk trimmed with three deep flounces. An elegant Spanish black lace mantilla, lined with green silk, is worn on the shoulders and is made with a hood that can be thrown over the head. On the right is a walking dress of purple silk with a double skirt and double sleeves. The dress is ornamented with lozenges of black velvet. A white crepe bonnet trimmed with marabout feathers and pink bows completes this charming ensemble.
This 157+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. There is some light scuffing and creasing along the left margin edge.
Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of hand-colored steel engraved Victorian fashion plates, plus steel engravings on topics dear to the Victorian heart. Dating from 1856 this collection provides an authentic look at women's and children's fashions in the Antebellum period. These plates and prints are certain to be of interest to costume historians and designers, as well as 21st century fashionistas.