This is a fabulous piece of history!! This antique vintage 3 piece Ball Gown/dress dates from 1881 (dated 1881 and Grandma Potts Dress written in spidery pencil on old box). It is an exquisite, exquisite creation of silk satin black on black. I’ve been in this business for over 18 years and this gown is a stunner. A wearable work of art. Black silk satin with exquisite satin bow, fringe and ruffled accents all done making an incredible fashion statement. A stunning polonaise with a fabulous bustle overlay over a longer fuller, pleated, ruffled skirt. Bustle Skirt overlay has draped front and a place for the bustle in back. Polished cotton lined and incredibly well made. Pictures say it all! All gorgeous original buttons are present(one is pinned on inside). In incredible condition I’d say excellent. Of course there are some issues bodice has some outer seam wear/separation and slight discoloration at the armpits, and there is an approx. Pin hole sized hole in the black satin of the full, long skirt(but the polished cotton lining is behind it)along with a slight bit of fabric color fade in the long skirt(bustle overlay covers it up). All buttons and hooks seem to be there. Again, pretty minor when you consider the age of this beauty. 13 1/4 Shoulder to shoulder. 22″ long in front/29″ long in back (at longest points). 25 long side drapes. 27 long in back. Inner sewn straps to hold bustle drapes in place. The item “Antique Victorian Gothic midnight Black 3 Pc Ball gown/mourning gown c 1881″ is in sale since Wednesday, February 13, 2019. This item is in the category “Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Women’s Vintage Clothing\Dresses”. The seller is “oldohio” and is located in Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.