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This is a gorgeous, gigot sleeved, late Regency bodice, dating to circa 1825-29. The bodice is constructed of such fine muslin it is remarkable that it has survived these centuries. It is almost transparent. The sleeves are profusely gathered at the shoulders and drape sharply down to narrow cuffs. Overlong, of course, which makes this period so charming. The design is pure and simple, with tucks in a v-shape at the front and back bodice. Each tuck has a row of very fine piping above it, and of course the hand stitching is a delight. This tucking is repeated at the sleeve wrists, again in a v-shaped section. The back bodice fastens with hand made linen buttons, with beautiful tiny sewn centres. Below the button fastenings are ties, with a slot for them to overlap and hold the high waist in place inside the garment. The bodice is quite tiny.
This bodice is in very good condition for age. Exceptionally white and fresh appearance. Cuff buttons missing but hand made loops are there, waiting for a button to each. The bodice buttonholes are over-stretched and there are a couple of tiny splits beside two of them. Minor issue. One sleeve is excellent, the other one has a series of small wear holes at the upper section - see photograph. The decoration is not included.