After a false alarm on Route 301, where I saw a metal bustled dress form* that turned out to be $225, I came across this sweet model in Carroll's Antiques. How lucky was I to see this one, suspiciously in my size?
(Though my friend Michelle said the forms' waist was smaller. Thanks Michelle! Though I have to admit, looking at it now, I would most definitely have to pad the rear!)
Not much, as the owner uses it for display and would not part with it for less than $250. While in good shape (and in my size!) there was no way I was paying that! I suppose if I were a collector...but then again, the adjustable-height metal one by the side of the road was a much better specimen for around the same price. A little de-rusting and it would have been a great conversation piece.
Other fashion-related items seen in Historic Fredericksburg:
Velvet and tulle costume
This wonderful costume immediately made me think of A Midsummer's Night Dream. That multi-colored tulle skirt was beautiful in person.
Brocade wedding (?) ensemble
*I tried to find an example online but after the 7th page of images I gave up.