Bengaline Silk Ensemble with Red Cashmere Wool Trim

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3" shoulder width. 5" waist. 10" skirt length. Of a fine nubby-textured bronze bengaline silk,the box-pleated skirt has a high waist defined by oval-shaped cut-outs that are bordered in red cashmere wool; the designe is repeated at the hem with a further border of narrow pleats. There is a red cashmere wool sleeveless blouse,a bengaline capelet with oval cuts,and two detachable sleevelets with red bow ties. The ensemble is decorated with individually-sewn black beads and there is black beaded fringe on the capelet. The costume is originally lined. There is some moth damage and restoration on the cashmere. Circa 1860.
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