Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Princess Lace Gown and more . . .

This Edwardian Gown is a beauty. I just love it. I have listed it on eBay . . . ending this Friday. I decided I just couldn't limit a posting to five pictures. Etsy really needs to re-think that. For really special items I like the option of posting up to 24 pictures : ). Yep, I used them all!



I have had the dress since last Fall . . . when I worked at the 3 day Edwards Estate Sale. I have enjoyed having it, but must move it along ("Selling is part of the process" my husband reminds me ~ LOL).


It has a Flocked Velvet Train ~ with a Chiffon Ruffled edge.



It is so small that my size 8 dress form could not model it for us. I would guess it is size 0.



It has a solid pink lining, with a light Chiffon lining above that.
The top layer is Princess Lace.


The train gathers beautifully and extends for about 24 inches.

The Net Lace is still strong ~ no breaks, rips or tears in the mesh.
Amazing for a 100 year old gown.



I was told by the family that this gown belonged to Catherine Wilson - wife of W.C. Edwards (1844 - 1921). Mr. Edwards was a prominent Canadian Business man (of Lumber Mills) and a Parliamentarian. Edwards served as a member of Parliament from 1891 to 1900, after which he was appointed to the Canadian Senate upon the recommendation of Sir Wilfrid Laurier (the seventh Prime Minister of Canada). The Edwards lived a life of elegance and refinement. I am sure Mrs. Edwards was the belle of the ball in this gown!

This prominent family once owned the Victorian Estate located at 24 Sussex Drive ~ now the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada.



Another well know lady owned this gown. Her name was Elizabeth Edwards. She was a world traveller and worked for UNICEF for many years. I purchased many of her dresses.



The fabric is actually hand painted. So much detail !




This gown is a more reasonable size. A size 4 - 6 instead of a zero.
I imagine it being worn by a Ballroom Dancer. The fabric sways so nicely.


Hope you are having lovely weather in your part of the world. There is only one more week (and a bit) of school for my kids and then it is summer holidays. June 25th is their last day. I have lots to get done before then . . . the count down is on, LOL.

14 comments:

TattingChic said...

WOW! The lace on the 100 year old gown is exquisite! Thanks for sharing the photos, it's just beautiful!
The handpainted fabric on that second gown is beautiful, too.

lorhen82 said...

Gorgeous...how can you bear to part with them? I had to giggle at the thought of a future generation wanting any of my clothes! I don't even like them that much! LOL ~Lori

The Victorian Parlor said...

I have loved that gown since I saw it on your blog before! I just turned around and before I could ask hubby he said 'no'. Hmph. That is the most beautiful gown I have ever seen:).

Blessings,

Kim

vintagepretties said...

Those gowns are simply stunning. Isn't it just dreamy that things like that were worn back then? Sigh...:)

Nancy said...

I simply cannot believe how gorgeous the gown is. Simply beautiful and it makes me think of Victorian parlors, ball rooms and the such. *Sigh*

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

OH KAREN!!! My goodness... if that baby doesn't sell, do keep me in mind if you do layaway! OMG. It is a phenomenal gown, and it's great to know the history as well. I saw it on your flickr page and had to scoot right on over to see if it was indeed for sale!
The other gown is awesome too, amazing fabric.

Glad that Cider is doing well! And your scrap pages of Casey are precious.

I've been extremely busy and am terribly behind in blogland but I'm glad I was able to stop by today, what a treat! (as always!)

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments and Yes . . . Nikki, I do accept Layaway :)

Karen

Rosalind Nzinga Nichol (PAPER GIRL) said...
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Rosalind Nzinga Nichol (PAPER GIRL) said...

Dear Karen;
All I can say is WOW... just amazing really so beautiful, love, the history of it the best...

...Last Saturday I had the opportunity to purchase a Victorian slip (3 layers) complete with long pink satin ribbon and the owner's name embroidered on it, from her granddaughter...It made my day, week, ok probably even my year. But now I am wondering where one should go look to find these kind of fine antique garments? Any suggestions. (I can admire -- and hopefully even collect.)

Thanks for sharing... just pure pleasure.

Blessings,
Rosailnd

sinnlighet said...

Ohhhhh....Must tell your, I looove your blogg!!!

Agneta from Sweden

"bear's house" said...

Hi Karen...your blogs are FANTASTIC!!!...and your bears how are they?KISSES, NI

English Cottage in Georgia said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL DRESSES!!! Thank goodness fro my budget:-), that my dress size is miles from those beauties:-(.

vickysplace1 said...

Very pretty!

Kim's Treasures said...

I really love that lace dress! Wish I was a size zero!!!