Black velvet bodice. a) Black velvet; b) black silk plain weave with machine sewn pin-tucks. a) Black velvet ribbon 47 mm; b) cream silk taffeta; c) fragment of cream silk open mesh. a) Black silk taffeta; b) brown silk ribbon 32 mm; c) black silk braids 14 mm; d) hooks and eyes; e) black silk crepe; nine bones. Hand and machine sewn; neckline high at back, low to stomacher (?) at front; elbow length sleeves. Boned bodice fitted into waist pointed at front. Made by J. Bannister of Baker Street, London, circa 1900. Alterations and additions suggest fancy dress or theatrical usage.
Attingham collection; bequeathed to the National Trust by Edith Teresa Hulton, Lady Berwick (1890-1972).
Marks and inscriptions
J.Bannister Robes, Manteaux Robes, 35 Baker Street, Portman Square (printed on inner waistband)
Makers and roles
J. Bannister Manteaux Robes