Antique Victorian Edwardian Gibson Girl Black Mourning Gown Widows Walk, Widows Weeds. You never know when my SURPRISE auctions will list so keep checking back regularly! Description, history & general age issues. Beautifully preserved fluid ink black silk “Widows Walk” Gown. Widows’ Weeds 2 piece matching set gown. Looks to have very little wear. Dark nearly indigo blue velvet neck. During the Victorian Era & Early Edwardian Era, widows were in mourning for a full 2 years. During the second year, widows were allowed to add a bit of colour & their black fabrics of which. Could be that of silk & have a bit of sheen. During the second year, it was acceptable for a widow to go Walking. Brief public appearance at daytime formals only. Receiving guests at home mourning to mid day. During this time a small addition of colour was allowed to be added to her wardrobe. All linings in both the bodice & skirt are intact including arm linings. This gown features the only bit of colour at the neck. A very dark ribbed blue velvet. Possibly indigo in colour. The velvet is pristine and trimmed in a black ruffle same that is found at the wrist. Trunk of the bodice is covered in a most beautiful, pristine turn of the century inky dark print. Two sets of closures going down the front. Internal bodice closures & exterior set of closures. Sleeves are just fluid ink black like it’s skirt. Bodice ruffles down chest & at shoulders are fluid ink black. Once again matching the skirt. The velvet neck is lined in the ink black print of the bodice trunk. Bodice in internally stayed. Closures present for skirt to attach to the back of the bodice. Absolutely no stains inside or out. Possibly & only possibly a light ghost like, whitish mark on the skirt but that. Might be my eyes playing on trick on me. Thought I’d mention it. The internal folded over extra silk inside the back of bodice is opening a bit & may need some stitching. This does not go through the garment. I see two main tears on the right arm. Some splits on both undersides of each arm. (see further details below in “Main Issues”). All linings including the arms are intact so these exterior tears could be recovered if the new owner wishes. As one can see in the photos, presently they do not detract from the gown. Hook & Eye closures intact throughout the gown. Hooks are shiny throughout the bodice & skirt. Show very little to no wear. 3 hooks & eyes close the neck. Further hooks attach the base of the velvet neck to the. Frontal chest of the bodice. For the photos I used one seamstress pin at the upper left shoulder (when worn) to hold the ruffle down for the photos. So one can see the proper “fan” of the ruffle as it was trying to fold over. Most probably from a fold that has been. There for well over 120 yrs. So there will be a pin dot mark or two. Flat rate priority box to limit it’s time in transit. Main Issues of concern. 2 tears in silk on right arm. Upper shoulder area & lower arm interior. Some fray thread around that tear. Black is hard to photograph, I’ve done my best to capture the two tears. These tears do not go through the garment. Sleeve lining is intact after my inspection. Vertical tear near right shoulder approximately 2 3/4 in. Vertical tear on the underside of the right arm approximately 6 i n. On left underside lower arm there is a approximately 1 1/4 in. On left arm there is a horizontal underside arm panel seam just above the elbow area. I don’t see this seam on the underside of the of the right arm. Measurements Approximate Lying Flat & best to my ability. Across the top of the back 12 inches possibly 12 1/4 in. 16 inches so double to 32 in. Bodice Waist: 28 inches possibly a 1/4 inch more lying completely flat. Bodice length from shoulder to silk waist sash. 4 inches flat so double to 8 in. Waist: 1st hook, larger measurement at: 13 1/2 inches so double to 27 in. Waist: 2nd hook, smaller measurement at: 13 inches so double to 26 in. Frontal length: From waistband to hem 43 inches. Back length to longest train: From back of waistband to longest train at 44 + inches. IF I HAVE MISSED SOMETHING, IT IS BECAUSE MY EYES COULD NOT SEE IT. (Props/forms not included, for display purposes only). Welcome ALL Overseas Buyers! Celebrating another year servicing customers Worldwide! You are responsible for any additional import charges by your country. I highly suggest it due to the way packages are handled these days. Postal rates continue to increase yearly. Many times it has left me paying the difference. The item “Antique Victorian Edwardian Gibson Girl Black Mourning Gown Widows’ Weeds” is in sale since Tuesday, February 4, 2020. This item is in the category “Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Women’s Vintage Clothing\Dresses”. The seller is “the.ghost” and is located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 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