The fabric of this gown is pretty darn awesome. The simple colorways and elegance of design is what make 18th century fabrics so enduringly beautiful. We lust after cotton prints the same way that the 18th century women did, they are colorful, lightweight and do darn pretty. We want lively fabrics so badly that in our modern quest for cotton prints sometimes we run amok, with prints that are too large, too busy and too many colors.
Squarish neckline, this is an apron front gown, with squarish tabs at the bottom of the bodice. No frills no fussy trim. The fabric says it all.
The back has been altered, totally squared off loosing the graceful v of the back of these gowns. The exact same alteration occurs in the blue worsted gown in the collection of Historic Deerfield. Apron front and chopped off back, a quick update to an earlier gown.
So that was the good thing, now to the curious thing.
I think this is a Masonic Apron. BUT, I make no claim to know jack about Masonic Aprons. It just looks like one.
It is undoubted 18th century silk. Heavily trimmed in metallic lace and silk fringe. Lined with linen.
The dealer is using this gown fabric to document the fabric and this image to document its use as an apron. The girl looks like a Russian Princess to me with her sash and cross. Her apron looks embroidered. So take a guess, form your own opine on this one.