Pelerine Irish ca. 1830-1840. Pelerines were used as a semi-decorative shoulder covering. Similar to a capelet they could be made in a variety of materials. The pelerine sometime matched the dress. This piece is very specific to this decade. It lost popularity in the early/mid 50's.
METALLIC EMBROIDERED GOWN, c. 1805 Go Back Lot: 357 March/April 2005 Vintage Clothing & Textile Auction New Hope, PA Cotton mull w/ floral embroidery in metallic thread, bodice in cream silk satin, B 32, Hi W 30, L 51-57, (bodice silk seperating, small brown spots) good.
1820-1840 Corset at the Glasgow Museums, Glasgow - From the curators' comments: "After the high waistline of first two decades by the 1820s it was slowly returning to the natural waist. However, corsets at this date were still designed to produce a long slim line rather than the hour-glass figure with sixteenth inch waist that was fashionable during Queen Victoria’s reign later in the century."