c. 1880 Museum Quality 3-Piece Dark Plum Taffeta and Embossed Deep Garnet Velvet Bustle Gown! Extremely Rare Find. A three-piece bustle gown of bodice, bustle skirt and jacket/coat with long tasseled back. With 18 buttons of hand-painted design on mother-of-pearl. The materials are a plum silk taffeta with contrasting garnet silk embossed velvet on all the pieces. The skirt is a masterpiece in itself with pleated hemline, ruffles just above and fabulous asymmetric draping. Shown with a bustle cage under which doesn't come with the outfit. Long "v" cut velvet tasseled decoration hanging down the back from a ruching at the top. Large bell sleeves. Large pockets at sides. Double-breasted buttoned front with buttons.
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