Kerry Taylor’s fashion auction today has two dresses that might interest you ( breaking away from our Pride and Prejudice theme for a moment)
The first is Lot 192:
A cotton printed cotton day dress, circa 1820,
roller-printed with teal-blue flower heads and wine coloured scrolling grasses,
Empire line with puff sleeves, flounces to neck and cuffs, piped bands to hem.
The estimate for this lot is between £500-900.
altered in the 19th century for fancy dress, of pale green/ivory changeable silk taffeta woven with scattered posies of blossom,
closed-front bodice, with furbelows of undulating, twisted ribbons of matching fabric with added padding to the bodice, with floss silk tufts, thick baleen bones to the front closure, ruffled close-fitting engageants, ivory floss silk covered buttons bust approx 71cm( 28ins);
together with a pale blue quilted silk petticoat and a whitework sprigged muslin apron.
The estimate for this dress is between £500 and £800. It will be interesting to see what figures these raise. Do go here to read the rest of the catalogue: there are some wonderful clothes and accessories for sale, especially a wonderful collection of antique lace.