An Antique Dress with a Bonus

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Show and Tell - Share your treasures' started by lkranieri, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    I bought this dress a couple of weeks ago at an estate sale and when I went to pay for it they asked if I saw the photo of it. I raced back upstairs and found the lovely photo here of a pretty young woman wearing that very dress.

    The back of the photo has a note:

    "Madeleine Mastin Day
    2/21/92 - 1/14/82
    married 6/14/18
    Haynes Harold Fellows
    7/14/91 - 10/5/82"

    I didn't notice until I tried to scan the photo, while in the frame, that there was apparently a pink ribbon running down both sides of the dress front top.

  2. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    Wow! What a wonderful fine!
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  3. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    It was, indeed! Thanks.
  4. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  5. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    I like them, too, but what confuses me is you don't see them in the photo. As I prepared the dress for storage I noticed the back of the skirt looks more like the front in the photo and I wonder if I had it on the mannequin backwards. The back of the bodice as it was on the mannequin looks the same as the front, but the hooks and eyes (which probably should have been on the front, correct?) drew the two crenelated sides of the bodice together so snugly that the bodice didn't look like the photo either. Perhaps they moved the hooks and eyes at some point...
  6. Beautiful find. I would think the hooks would be in the front.

    But it makes me sad when the family doesn't keep these treasures.
  7. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

  8. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Might the dress have been updated? The picture with her upswept hair and the pouched front to the bodice I would have said was c. 1911-1912, but when I saw the skirt I was surprised because it looks more 1913-1914.
  9. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    That's a very interesting suggestion, Jonathan. I took the dress back out of the box and although I just did a quick look it didn't seem to have a later addition--but I just don't see evidence in the photo of those crenelated panels. I will try to photograph that part later. Thanks.
  10. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Very cool!
  11. StitchesandSnags

    StitchesandSnags Registered Guest

    That's a spectacular piece. I love it when you find something of historical value included in the garment.
  12. Wow! How wonderful was this find! And, it's so nice to see the original owner in the dress!
  13. foofoogal

    foofoogal Registered Guest

    Coolest thing ever. I am also a daisyholic lately. Sunflowers work also.

    So fabulous.
  14. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    How great that they pointed out the photo to you. Lovely Purchase Lynne.

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