The sad story of this dress is that it was made for as part of a young woman’s bridal trousseau. This was her “going away” dress. She was married, but the hapless bridegroom was killed in a horse & buggy accident on the honeymoon. She returned home, placed the dress in a chest and it’s been there ever since, until the home was finally emptied for an auction sale of all the contents over a hundred years later.
Victorian Bronze Travel Dress
Victorian Bronze Travel Dress (saved image)