Mid 1800s Florence Nightingale Dress | Antique Vintage Victorian Plaid Cotton Unfinished Gown with Smocking and Heavy Gathers | Small Medium


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Light the way like Florence Nightingale in this rare 1840's/1850's dress! The cotton plaid is in shades of taupe, ivory, tangerine, and sky blue and makes for a very wearable antique. It has lovely V-shaped piping shaping the bodice along with heavy gathers around the neck and skirt waist and a section of smocking. This dress was found unfinished as it is lacking closures (and no evidence it ever had closures) down the back and on the cuffs but this is easily done and can be made to accommodate a small or medium. Era-appropriate closures for this dress would be metal hook&eyes and snaps, which haven't changed significantly since. This dress is in fair condition, there are some holes in the skirt but for it's age it is very wearable/displayable. No stains or odours to note. It has been pinned on model to show fit.

Measurements taken flat and doubled where appropriate:

Bust: 34"- 38”
Shoulder to Waist: 16.5”
Waist: 26”- 28"
Hips: Open
Overall Length: 53.5”

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We’re happy to accept returns in good/same condition indefinitely outside the return period for 50% of their sale price.

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