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This is a rare and very fine bodice with beetle wing decoration. If you have not come across these before, there was a great fashion for using beetle wings in ladies dress during the 1880's - 1890's, and this is an excellent example. They have a sort of'glow' and are mottled green in colour. Sadly, the bodice sleeves have been removed, leaving raw arm holes.
These would need to be turned over or bound to make it a really special piece. The bodice was professionally made and has a deeply pointed plastron centre front, where the beetle wings are most profuse, made into a pattern with couched thread surrounding them, all on net. All around the neckline is a beautiful deeply pleated ruffle, and the beetle wing decoration continues round to the back neck, where it ends with a single, beetle wing'flower'. The bodice is heavily boned with 11 in total, some very long to support both the pointed back and front centre waist. Excellent inner condition, with the original breast pads to enhance the lady's figure in profile.
The deep forest green silk satin of the bodice compliments the beetle wings perfectly. At the back we have a corset fastening with one of the original silk ties and all of the original additional fastenings. Apart from the sleeve loss, the bodice is clean and in very good condition. There is subtle evidence that the seams have been slightly let out, not surprising with the chest being simply tiny - approx 30 I think!
Some of the beetle wings are a little loose and some damaged, but most are good and firmly in place. This rare bodice will be a dream to display but too special for wearing. No collections for small items. The item "Rare antique Victorian Beetle Wing bodice with corset back & deep plastron" is in sale since Friday, December 29, 2017. This item is in the category "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage Clothing & Accessories\Women's Vintage Clothing\Tops & Shirts".
The seller is "poppy1109" and is located in Rochester, Kent. This item can be shipped worldwide.