Summary

Burgundy grosgrain wedding dress comprising jacket and skirt. Said at the time of donation to have been used in Ballarat in 1860, the dress's appearance indicates it dates from around 1890.

The dress has been roughly taken in at some stage, perhaps for fancy dress use during the 20th century. The modifications to the dress conceal a pocket, distort the neck opening, incorrectly gather the skirt and hide the important fact that the dress was made for a very large woman - a rare survivor from this period. Reversal of these modifications is recommended once they have been documented.

The dress was acquired with a collection of textiles and other items relating to the Pascoe and Scull families. Amongst them is a bible inscribed 'Winifred Carl Pascoe', and dated to circa 1860 (SH 910863). A Winifred Carl Pascoe married Ann May Sarah Fellows in 1913 in Victoria. He was born on 9 May 1885, son of John Herman Pascoe (1844- 908) and Mary Ann Plener Sharp (born Grafton, NSW, 1852 - died Coburg, Vic, 1935). They married in 1876.

Physical Description

1. Jacket has burgundy grosgrain and satin striped bodice with a fitted waist and pleated swallow-tail back. Stand-up collar and lapel trim are of dark brown taffeta and lined with burgundy grosgrain. Buttoned at front with 17 brown buttons and button holes are hand sewn. Sleeves are of burgundy striped material, "leg of mutton" style. The trimming and cuffs are of dark brown taffeta. Black press stud fastening on inner side of cuffs. Lining of jacket has three different types of cotton material and a cotton tape with black hook and eye is fastened at darts and seams around waist line. 2. Burgundy grosgrain and satin striped skirt has ten panels, gathered at the waist and bound at hem line with brown cotton binding. Skirt is lined with brown cotton twill and fastened at the waist with a metal hook and eye. There is an inset pocket on the right hand side. Originally, the skirt would have been well padded to accentuate a bustle look at the back.

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