A late 19th century Victorian brown underskirt petticoat. This underpinning is made of brown polished cotton or what I call dress lining fabric. The underskirt is a structured garment with stiffening at the back of skirt, from the waist to hem, for supporting a bustle.
A cream band of silk shantung fabric, 9" wide, forms the border of the skirt. This was probably the same fabric the outer skirt / dress was made from. This border, too, is lined in stiffening fabric. At the hem a narrow band of velvet fabric edges the hem.
The weight of the velvet would also have given structure to the hem, to keep its flare. The fabric at the waist band is flat in front with wide box pleats at the back. Hook and eye closure at the waist band.
Condition of this underskirt is very nice with only a couple of oxidation sports. Of course, some soiling, but minor at the hem line. A few small holes.
42-1/2" long at back. 41" long at front. 23" around the waist.
Are you researching sewing construction of these old garments? This one is really marvelous.