Traditional Bride costume of Westerland Sylt in 1800.

Traditional Bride costume of Westerland Sylt, Germany. Franz Lipperheide.

Frisian bride, Westerland Sylt 1800

Traditional Bride costume of Westerland Sylt, Germany in 1800.

“Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887

Note:  Girl from Leksand in Dalarna, Sweden 1880

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