Visiting dress, French, ca. 1870s. Magenta/purple silk in 2 pieces. Fitted bodice trimmed in velvet with thread-covered buttons & decorative ribbon work at cuffs. Lined in silk twill. Heavy skirt with swagged apron of silk velvet, trimmed in long fly fringe, box pleats at hem and long tails of  velvet in back. Carolyn Forbes Textiles/ebay

Visiting dress, French, ca. 1870s. Magenta/purple silk in 2 pieces. Fitted bodice trimmed in velvet with thread-covered buttons & decorative ribbon work at cuffs. Lined in silk twill. Heavy skirt with swagged apron of silk velvet, trimmed in long fly fringe, box pleats at hem and long tails of velvet in back. Carolyn Forbes Textiles/ebay

c1877 Two-piece claret-colored velvet and taffeta reception gown with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand and machine sewn. 32 in (bust) 27 in (waist) 55 in (front length, not train) Item #6062.62 A,B See other pins for more views.

1877 Two-piece claret-colored velvet and taffeta reception gown with bustle and train

Cotton boating or seaside walking dress ca. 1872.  An ankle length hem indicates the dress was intended for walking outdoors.

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Circa 1872 dress, Great Britain, Cotton, trimmed with silk braid, fastened with bone buttons.

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Dress, British, ca. Two or three pieces (bodice, skirt, collar which may or may not be attached to bodice). Asymmetrical skirt is unusual in a late bustle-style garment.

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