Items (Gray, Ruth Lewelling) (E)
Eliza has a German bisque head with blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears a two-piece pink and green striped two-piece taffeta dress. The rather startling colors reflect the popularity of the aniline dyes made from coal tar that first appeared during the 1850s. These created bright, unusual colors that can strike the modern viewer as garish. It's important to remember that these colors were being seen under gaslight, which is softer than electric light and also adds a yellow glow - consequently, they wouldnt have appeared the same to the Victorians. The top is a fitted basque (a type of tight-fitted bodice) with brown silk brain...
Elizabeth has a kid body and a J.D. Kester bisque head with blonde hair and brown eyes. She wears a Princess gown of rose taffeta covered with black lace. Her dress includes a fitted jacket with the leg o'mutton sleeves popular during the period and the extremely gored skirts that were the height of fashion at the time. Elizabeth also wears a black felt hat with a black veil and rose-colored ostrich plumes and black satin buttoned boots. Lace remained a fashion staple during this period, particularly as a means of emphasizing the bosom, while the width across the shoulder and bosom...
Manufactured by: J.D. Kester
Eugenia has an Armand Marseille bisque head with Titian hair and brown eyes. The notes say she is wearing a "Gabriel"; I have not been able to find this term in any books on fashion, or anywhere online. The notes do not provide her source for the information. So I'm guessing a little. She is wearing a peach taffeta and lace Gabriel and cape over a hoop skirt. It is trimmed in the still popular braid, this time in black, and has buttons down the entire length of the center front. Hoops continued to be broad in the 1860s...
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles