Romantic Era Silk Ballgown

By Jennie Chancey


This is a heavenly silk ballgown with its original reticule purse, circa 1830. “Silk satin, cotton net, embroidered cotton ribbon, cloth flowers, muslin lining. Owned by Harriet Van Schoonhoven-Roy. The Van-Schoonhoven family came to America in 1695 and settled in Waterford, New York. The details and construction of the sleeves of this evening dress are wonderful, especially the charming bouquets of flowers at the back. The waist ribbon is not original to the dress. It is quite rare to find an 1830′s dress with its original reticule.” From Karen Augusta.

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