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November 25, 2016

A recent sale saw a large and magnificent collection being on offer, some of the items reaching £4000.00 and more. 

They all came from a private collection, and although I know little about the one's I have for sale, I completely trust the descriptions provided. I just...

November 14, 2016

Some remarkable coincidences can occur when searching for rare and early textiles. Such an event happened to me recently, when through two completely different auctions I found glorious 18th Century garments with an embroidery motif I had never seen before. So rare, an...

November 14, 2016

This oh so tiny undergarment might be viewed as a doll item, but it is not. It is for a baby, one year old or less - so cruel!

Linda Baumgarten, in her book 'What Clothes Reveal' [See Links and Research for full reference], shows us a small number of baby stays, two of...

Some time ago I 'visited' the website of the expert Meg Andrews [www.meg-andrews.com] and saw that she had sold three pairs of 1830's printed fabric lower sleeves for children. To say that I was green with envy is an understatement! So you can imagine how excited I was...

 

 

The two little crinoline gown's I bought recently and available in the store, are simply classics of the 1840-50's, early Victorian period.

No wonder, then, that they are so widely included in some of the best books on the history of clothing.

 

The references I am usin...

 

 18th Century gowns are quite rare, so those of you who have never examined one may enjoy this short analysis. 

I am selling this dress as it is, for renovation, so you can also read here to see the full condition and what needs to be done to bring it back to [alm...

Can there be anything in this World as breathtaking as an ancient English bluebell wood?

 

Blue is the most glorious of colours. Every Century of fabric designers had their own version of blue, all beautiful in their own right  ....

 

VICTORIAN BLUE SILK GOW...

April 24, 2016

  

Long, long ago, I bought a spinning wheel from a trusted 18th Century seller on Ebay. But even with the stunning patina of the wood, I just couldn't be sure of it's age...

 

I know nothing at all about spinning. But, anything related to making and working with cloth ma...

April 23, 2016

Well, my goodness! After months and months of grumbling and yearning for my old website, gremlins and fraught daughters, I am beginning to enjoy this new format!

AND! I have never had a blog before! Crikey!

These days, I am trying to explore clothing and textiles that I...

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