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September 22, 2019

I am writing this Blog because along with the fun title comes another 'F' - fragile! The dress I am about to show you is rare, dating to c1760-65 in my opinion [I justify this below], and as you would expect for such age, has faults related to delicacy & has been 'rein...

September 2, 2018

The image above is taken from 'English Embroideries', by Mary M Brooks. Ashmolean Handbooks/Jonathan Home Publications 2004. Example 15: 'A Pastoral Scene' Pages 64-65. [This book is simply essential if you are interested in the study of 17th Century embroidery.]

It sho...

December 4, 2017

 This amazing early Regency turban style hat is selling in the Department Store right now, but photographs are limited, so I want you to see that it is fragile, and probably best for restoration.

As I explained in the description, I do have a list of UK textile conserva...

October 15, 2017

Images of sketches above and below from Nancy Bradfield 'Costume in Detail: 1730 to 1930'. George G Harrap &Co Ltd. 1968 Pages 17/18.

I have bought a dress. An 18th Century dress. The ideal dress to compare with this beauty sketched by Bradfield from the Snowshill Manor...

Cap with original ribbons, 1830 - 35. Mary Ireland Collection.

I wish I could have met Mary Ireland. Luckily, I know someone who did!

I have just purchased a large number of costume accessories, mostly dating to the first half of the 19th Century, a few 18th Century and...

Dear Readers,

We are about to embark on another adventure, this time examining a late 18th Century dress that appears to have been in the process of alteration, when it was stored away for around 220 years. 

The dress, shown above, has no horrid different colour sti...

We have given the traditional and early names for many parts of this 'layette', but some descriptions never change:


The collection seems to have 3 different types of sleeve, but I am not sure about one, so let us look at the easy one's first. Sleeves could be att...

It has become reasonably clear through my reading and searching, that the clothing of a newly born infant, for the first 4-6 weeks of life, stayed almost the same for around 150 years, from circa 1600-1750. The overwhelming change, both in attitudes and common practice...

​Attributed to Dirck Dircksz Santvoort 'Boy in White' c1641.

Netherlands, private collection.

If you have read Part One of this investigation, you will know that the few lace trims and the provenance have helped us to identify the approximated age of this 32 piece layett...


When I re-launched my website, I explained that, having examined many items of 18th Century clothing over the last few years, I am now searching for pieces that are very difficult to find. On my budget, this isn't easy!

I have a wish-list, which sometimes de...

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