Battenburg silk lace wedding dress, c.1905
Imagine your walk down the aisle wearing an heirloom quality dress, "something old" for your special day. With antique lace and a gracefully trained back, the exquisite wedding dress has everything you could want in an heirloom quality Edwardian garment. Cognoscenti will appreciate the superb hand detailing.
An antique wedding dress is a great store of value as these grand Edwardian dresses have been increasing in value over the last 15 years. In the fullness of time, you can either sell the dress or pass it along as an heirloom.
The dress is fashioned from silk Battenburg lace. The mellow champagne hue glows with the romantic aura of conjugal love. The ethereal lace, assembled with an abundance of fine hand embroidered fill work, is of the highest quality.
The long princess-line shaping fits smoothly through the upper torso, flares below the hipline, and ends in a graceful back train. The dress was photographed on a 6' tall mannequin. If you are shorter, you will have a longer train. The dress closes in back with small hooks.
The dress was relined, using the original lining for a pattern. The original hem flounce was attached to the new lining. The sleeves are lined with very sheer silk chiffon. Early 20th century chiffon is more delicate than that of today. As my clients know, I generally do everything that can be done to present fine vintage clothing in its highest and best condition.
Battenburg lace is a late 19th century term for lace designs made from braided tape. The technique, borrowed from 17th century hand-woven tape laces, again became popular with the introduction of machine made braided tapes. Battenburg lace garments convey a sense of style, distinction, and natural refinement.
Here is a magnificent wedding dress for the bride who wants an antique original to commemorate for the wedding guests—but most of all, for herself and the groom—the most important day in their lives.
The condition is almost excellent. The color of the lace has mellowed in a slightly uneven way. A fine 100-year-old Edwardian dress should look like one. The patina is part of the antique charm of a wedding dress that you may hand down as an heirloom to your daughter.
It measures: 36" bust, 28" waist, 40" hip, and 55" from shoulder to front hem.