A charming Victorian antique dress dating to the 1840s, a little the worse for wear but still a very nice piece with a great 1840s silhouette. One piece, in glossy, soft silk satin, deep brown i think this may have started life black, and was possibly a mourning piece? The bodice is fitted and boned, fastening at centre front with hooks. To the front the silk is tightly gathered in to the waist, fanning out to the shoulders, with similar pleating to the back. The waist is piped and drops to a shallow point at the front. The neck is trimmed with woven silk, originally white i think, now discoloured. Piped armholes, the sleeves fitted at the top, gradually flaring to tiered cuffs, each tier edged with silk fringe, the shape foreshadowing the larger pagoda sleeves of the 1850s. Full dome skirt, cartridge pleated in to the waist all around, with a side pocket and taped hem. Hand sewn, cotton lined. The silk has patchy colour, with some faded lighter brown areas. A couple of small holes under the arms. The bodice lining at the front has a long vertical tear to the right. A couple of small holes in the skirt. Near the hem of the skirt is a horizontal crease running all around where it looks like the skirt was turned up at some point, some small holes along the fold. Four of the seams of the skirt at the back are partially open near the hem. An 8cm repair coming open near the back left hem. The neck frill has blue tinge. It looks like there were originally two bones, only one remains and it is protruding from its channel. Approx measurements – bust 33 waist 24 shoulder 17 length 53. I do not give partial discounts. All items sent boxed and signed for. The item “Charming 1840s Silk Mourning Dress Early Victorian Antique Fashion” is in sale since Saturday, December 7, 2019. This item is in the category “Clothes, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage Clothing & Accessories\Women’s Vintage Clothing\Dresses”. The seller is “sgh2274″ and is located in Rowlands Gill. This item can be shipped worldwide.