A stunning antique Edwardian (circa 1910) child's drop waist dress, extensively hand embroidered with broderie anglaise.
The dress is made from white cotton, with extensive embroidery to the bottom half of the skirt, and vertical bands of broderie anglaise alternated with ladderwork bands on the bodice, and broderie anglaise flowers around the waist line.
The back is closed with three tiny pearl buttons with hand-stitched loop buttonholes (all intact), and there is a blue ribbon drawstring tie to the waist. The neckline is high, as was the fashion in this era, and trimmed with valenciennes lace. The sleeves are long, also trimmed with valenciennes lace at the cuffs.
Measurements when laid flat are: armpit to armpit 14", across waist 14", length from shoulder to bottom hem 19" max approx. armpit to cuff 8.25".
The embroidery is stunning, and very detailed, and all looks to be intact. I am not sure if the ribbon is original or a replacement. The dress is clean and white, with no yellowing, although if held next to something brilliant white it appears slightly off-white. I can see no damage, the only marks I can see are a slight grubby mark on the back right shoulder and a tiny faint yellow mark on the front right shoulder (but that is looking really closely and being very picky), but please note as this dress is over 100 years old it is not pristine new.
I sell antique and vintage linens, lace and textiles. These items are often handmade and unique, and may have flaws and signs of use commensurate with their age, which for many collectors is part of their charm. Many linens have a laundry mark - dating to a time when linens were sent out of the home for laundering. Any obvious flaws are noted as accurately as I can in the description, but antique linens are rarely as pristine as new, so if condition is important to you, please ask any questions before bidding.
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