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Ballgown, early 1860s. From a past ebay auction (Time Travelers Antiques.) The seller said c. 1864, but I think that’s latest possible date. Ballgown styles don’t change too much until 1865-6 with the new straight waists, tiny sleeves, and elliptical skirts. This bodice with the deep pointed waist and very wide berthe could easily be from 1860. The combination of pink windowpane sheer silk with the band of printed silk is amazing. The berthe is trimmed with expensive bobbin lace.

Late early (Time Travelers Antiques) The combination of pink windowpane sheer silk with the band of printed silk is amazing. The berth is trimmed with expensive bobbin lace. Info from Hither & Yon

early 1800s, back of silk taffeta corset, front reinforced w/wire spring "elastic".... from Abitiantichi.it

early back of silk taffeta corset, front reinforced w/wire spring "elastic". from Abitiantichi.

Britain’s Biggest Secret - The Black Victorians. Who were the Black Victorians? Mainstream history has virtually erased them from our minds and history books. We have been filled with images of slavery in America and across the world, but why is it that this chapter in black history was skipped? Why isn’t it equally common knowledge that in the midst of all of that darkness there was light, also. Never before seen photos were uncovered, giving us over 200 images of glances into our past.

Britain’s Biggest Secret - The Black Victorians. Who were the Black Victorians? Never before seen photos were uncovered, giving us over 200 images of glances into our past.