Dress and mantle England Mid-1840s Satin dress and velvet mantle Museum nos. T.169-1959, T.170-1959 © Victoria & Albert Museum, London The dress has a high, round neck, fitted bodice and a waistline with a rounded point to which the skirt is flat- pleated except for a panel of tight gathering at the back. There is a front lace fastening. The sleeves are long with an open epaulette. The only trimmings are the agate stud buttons mounted on black velvet bows above the wrists. The bodice is piped on all the main seams, lined with cotton and boned. The skirt is lined with yellow and white washed and re-used figured silk. The back is softly interlined. There are yellow chamois dress preservers. The mantle is lined with black quilted silk and fastened with concealed hooks and eyes. It reaches to the knees and has openings for the arms. It has a rounded collar and is flounced from the waist to the hips. The edges are trimmed with matching looped braid and fringe.