Snap fasteners are a noted detail in American Western wear and are also often chosen for children's clothing, as they are relatively easy for children to use.
Modern snap fasteners were first patented by German inventor Heribert Bauer in 1885 as the "Federknopf-Verschluss", a novelty fastener for men's trousers.
It doesn't date to the Regency era at all; its a revival empire dress from the 1890s! A dress from the early 1800s wouldnt have a long line of hooks and eyes running down the back (while this sort of closure was popular in the 1890s). So what were the typical closures used during the 19th and 20th centuries?
Quick Tips for Dating Vintage Here are some quick, easy-to-remember tips. Center-back dress zippers – seen occasionally in the 1940s and early 1950s, but generally later 1950s and 1960s and in most dresses since the 1970s.
They were not common in women’s dresses until the late 1930s. Machine chain stitch came first, followed by lockstitch. Hand-sewn and machine-sewn construction (as opposed to hand-sewn finishing) coexisted for years – until the 1880s, if not later.
Short, center-back neck zippers – mostly 1930s-1940s. Coil (plastic) zippers – invented in 1940, but not in common use until the early 1960s.
Hem tape generally indicates North American manufacture. Circle stitching inside the cups of a bra is a good indicator that it’s from the 1950s. The National Recovery Board was created in 1934, as part of the New Deal. National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, so these labels are seen after that date.