I promise this will be one of the last posts I make about Boston and our First Responders but I want to be selfish and once again ask for a favour.
Please take a moment to say a prayer to whoever you believe in or spare a kind thought for our Police, EMS personnel, Soldiers, Federal Agents, and Firefighters who are just doing their jobs in Boston and Watertown. Please pray for their continued strength, steady hands, and courage.
In my opinion the centre back fabric used on the petticoat and back lacing of the bodice are the best parts! I love seeing pieces like this because the attention to detail was so important. If anyone is curious the CB petticoat panel is made in contrasting fabric because the gown covers the back of the skirt. It would be wasteful to spend money on fabric when that part of the skirt would never be seen. This thought is echoed all throughout fashion history. I would also like to point out that contrary to modern opinion, stitches were not always perfect!
Witakerauction: SILK BROCADE ROBE a la FRANCAISE, c. 1750. Red and white striped silk open gown and petticoat brocaded with floral sprays in yellow, blue, plum and green having short sleeve, square neck, front opening flanked by graduated padded furbelows with looped silk cord trim, neckline, faux waistcoat and sleeve similarly trimmed. Trained back falls from two double Watteau pleats flanked by inverted pleats at the waist, lining of striped silk with lacing muslin back adjustment. Petticoat pleated at waist with side ties, front panel having matching ruffle and hem band, back pieced with plaid taffeta. B-36, W-30, front L-50, back L-62. (Scattered small spots and holes, two stains to petticoat, some restoration) good. $1,500-1,800.
PLAID SILK ROBE a la FRANCAISE, c. 1765. Red, pink and cream taffeta open gown with 3/4 sleeve and U-neck trimmed in self furbelows, back having two double box pleats falling from the neckline flanked by inverted pleats at the waistline. Trained skirt with deep satin hem facing on train, bodice lined in linen, matching petticoat having three front furbelows, upper back panel of linen with waist tie. B-30, W-26 front L-54, back L-64 1/2. (Underarm stains and small holes, linen bodice lining stained, scattered spots and holes, some restoration) good. $1,200-1,500.
I am very much in love with the back of this caraco.
Whitaker Auction: PLAID SILK CARACO JACKET, c. 1770. Narrow sea green vertical stripe over cream and tan horizontal bands, open neck, short angled sleeve, pleated peplum angled at front, all trimmed in wide self furbelows, looped silk cord and tiny tassels, lined in linen with adjustable lacing closure and front stays. B-33, W-24, L-21. (Lace modern, lining light stains) excellent. $600-900.
Please keep the families of the lost and missing EMS personnel, firefighters, and police officers in your prayers. I am heartsick to hear of their loss.
There is a willow grows aslant a brook
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do “dead men’s fingers” call them.
There, on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke,
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And mermaid-like a while they bore her up,
Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element; But long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.