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1860s Aqua Bolero Vest


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Product Description

This extraordinary and delightful bolero is made from aqua blue silk grosgrain, hand embroidered with silver metal thread and silver metal sequins, highlighted with turquoise pressed cabochon glass beads. The bolero is trimmed with fine silk passementerie bobbles. Bolero is lined with matching aqua silk twill.

The cap sleeves and raised back are reminiscent of the Bolero vests and jackets seen in such paintings as Young Woman in a Red Jacket by James Tissot (1864).

A Bolero is a  small tailored cropped jacket of expensive material worn open at the front. The “bolero” is a lively Spanish dance, in which the performers wore small embroidered jackets. In the 1860s the jacket appeared as a fashion for wealthy ladies.

Due to the colour, our instinct tells us that it may have been part of a theatrical costume.

This incredible Bolero  is primarily offered for costume and design research, but is robust enough to be worn if you are into the unique look!



LABEL – None

SIZE –  Medium

FABRIC/FIBRE/MATERIAL – Silk Grosgrain, silk twill lining, silver coloured embroidery and sequins, glass beads

COLOUR – Turquoise/ Acqua blue, silver

DATE – 1860s


CONDITION – Good: Item has signs of wear, adjustments, missing bobbles.


Bust 960mm 38”

Shoulders 370mm 14.5”

Cap sleeve 45mm 2”

Cap sleeve height 120mm 5”

Armhole 500mm 19.5”

Side seam 120mm 4.5”

Front length shoulder to lowest point of front 300mm 12”

Back seam Length f 245mm 9”