Authentic Late 1850s Handmade Reversible Cotton Wrapper Maternity Dress
This incredibly rare pre-Civil War maternity dress is an outstanding piece of American and fashion history! To find one outside of a museum and available for purchase is an even rarer treat!
This beautiful wrapper was handmade in the late 1850s. The fabric has been authenticated and dated by an expert in the field. It is reversible to give the wearer two looks in one. Both sides are identical in craftsmanship, just the fabric prints are different.
Fashioned in a vibrant medium-weight cotton, this frock features an attached, contrasting collar, cartridge pleating above the bust on the front, drop shoulders and pagoda sleeves. It has pleated patch pockets reinforced with matching piping, which was a popular finish of the time.
Dress fastens down the front with 15 small milk glass buttons (on each side) and has an attached heavy cotton tie to cinch the waist.
This piece would be a perfect addition for a private collector or museum!
** Fits like an XXS due to the very small arm openings **
Bust: Up to 40"
Total Length: 51"
Condition: Very Good
For its age, this dress is in remarkable condition. It is completely wearable as is. There are a few small stains (See photos), but the print patterns are so busy, they are difficult to see. There is a small weak spot under the collar on striped floral side. The edges of the sleeve cuffs have split and are starting to shred. Could be repaired. Dress also is missing 8 buttons on each side (since they are sewn back to back). Priced accordingly.
Please view our Condition Chart for additional information.