This dress is a dilema, it has the look and age stains of a early 1900’s tea dress. I have many research books on fashion and I’m sure that I have seen this embroidery on a shawl of the same era. Of course I have looked in every book I own and I can’t find the photo (isn’t that always the way?). The botton holes are hand sewn and the buttons look to be hand hewn and are made of mother of pearl. This dress could also be a 1970’s hippy style dress. If anyone can help me find out the era of this dress I’d appreciate it. In the mean time I’ll let you know if I find the book.