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Beautiful Vintage Brown Leather English Ice Skates

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1980   item# 1228352

Beautiful Vintage Brown Leather English Ice Skates
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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It's easy to picture these great vintage skates hanging from a wreath or nestled at hearthside amid greenery -- but they can also be plenty useful on an ice rink or frozen pond, given their fabulous condition.

Although scarcely worn (if at all), these professional quality skates are probably around 50-60 years old -- but at least 35 years old, since they're marked "Empire Pool and Sports Arena". This ties them to a London sports facility that's been known simply as Wembley Arena since the mid-1970s. It opened in 1924, as part of a vast complex hosting the British Empire Exhibition, so the skates could conceivably date from the Art Deco period and be antique, rather than just vintage. I'm no authority on figure skating equipment, but these don't resemble any skates I've ever worn; for instance, the tongues are lined with fluffy sheepskin (not the usual foam); the tops are straight across and exceptionally tall; and they're brown, despite being small enough to fit a lady (whereas ladies' skating boots have typically been white since that color was popularized by Sonja Henie in the 1930s). Perhaps they were made for a boy, but they seem too narrow for a child's foot. I'd judge the size of the skates to be about a US 5 1/2 or 6.

Regardless of their precise age, everything about the skates communicates excellence. Gold-stamped in the heel area along with the "Empire Pool" address is the name "M. Riordan" (presumably a skate maker or skater based there). The top of each boot's interior is also marked "Embekay for Figure Skating" - then 3241 4 S 110. The blades, marked Sheffield and Pinnacle, are protected by what appear to be hand-stitched blade covers. A lengthy search online has turned up nothing on M. Riordan or Embekay - so, if you happen to know about either or can date these reliably by some other means, please send us an e-mail. We do know for sure that they came from an antiques shop near Newmarket in East Anglia.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!




Fluffy Retro Chestnut Brown Mink Fur Collar circa 1950

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1960   item# 1115631

Fluffy Retro Chestnut Brown Mink Fur Collar circa 1950
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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Like many people, I've had second thoughts about furs. I wouldn't personally buy, sell or wear new ones (despite defending the rights of those who do). Where I part company with the anti-fur purists is when it comes to vintage pieces. Making good use of them strikes me as both ethical and sensible.

That said, you really can't beat a luxurious fur accent for Retro chic in chilly weather. An excellent example is this mid-century mink collar. About 26 inches long and a lavish 4 inches wide, it remains in lovely condition, ready to adorn any high-necked dress or sweater. The lining could stand a little restitching, which I'll leave to you, since I'm clumsy with a needle.

If you agree that it's wasteful not to use and enjoy fur pieces created long ago, search for "fur" to see the mink hat and fox collar that are also available now.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more pictures. Thanks for looking!



Vintage Meyers Lizard and Snakeskin Pouch Clutch Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Memorabilia: Pre 1950   item# 691129

Vintage Meyers Lizard and Snakeskin Pouch Clutch Bag
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You could pay thousands for a new reptile bag -- but why not spend far less? Here's today's trendiest purse shape, the oversized clutch, styled by the esteemed maker Meyers in an exotic combination of lizard and snakeskin. This is a very glamorous and tactile bag with loads of life left in it. It's also spacious enough to be genuinely useful, measuring 11 1/2 inches wide and 8 inches tall. It even has a convenient 43-inch shoulder strap of smooth leather with brass fittings that you can use when you want your hands free.

Vintage soft-sided and gathered reptile bags are seldom found in any condition, let alone this good. These skins are in amazing condition, supple and gleaming, with very little wear. In luscious mahogany brown with strong overtones of cordovan or burgundy, the bag is lined in matching smooth leather and has a faille-lined zip pocket sporting the maker's plaque that reads "Meyers USA". The interior is perfectly clean and undamaged, free of the typical pen marks and lipstick marks, and the snap fastener closes securely. It can't have been used much. I expect it dates from the 1940s or possibly the early 1950s and it reached us from a Texas estate. Meyers handbags, as you know, are among the most collectible, so you'll be very proud to carry this stunning example.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, request more photos or order. Thanks for looking!



THE LURE OF ITALY Rare & Massive Vintage Art Book

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Books: Pre 2000   item# 679274

THE LURE OF ITALY Rare & Massive Vintage Art Book
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Sold; thank you! $70. 

The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience 1760-1914. 1992. First Edition. Like New.

If you love Italy and/or 19th century American art, prepare to be enthralled by this brilliant and much-coveted work.

Both a scholarly text and an exhibition catalog, it was compiled by the show's curator: distinguished art historian Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Its 470 pages include substantive essays by Stebbins and other experts; 319 illustrations (113 of which are color plates); and a full catalog of the exhibit, which opened in Boston on Sept. 16, 1992 and was seen in 1993 in Cleveland and Houston.

This was the first and remains the definitive study of the fascination Italy held for American artists from the time of neo-classicist Benjamin West to the eve of World War I, encompassing Roman, Florentine and Venetian phases.

From a New Mexico estate, our hardback First Edition is in superlative shape, complete with dust jacket. You could easily mistake it for new. Measuring about 10 by 11.25 inches and more than an inch thick, this hard-to-find volume is offered elsewhere online for $80 - $85 (plus shipping, a considerable cost for a book of such weight). Our price is thus a very good value, with U.S. shipping included -- or an equivalent discount on international delivery. We'll gift-wrap free, too, if desired. Thanks for looking!



1994 Tate Exhibition Catalog - R B Kitaj Retrospective

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Books: Pre 2000   item# 678988

1994 Tate Exhibition Catalog - R B Kitaj Retrospective
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $40. 

Any fan of R. B. Kitaj (1932 - present) will be thrilled to have this volume. It's the first edition that accompanied his landmark exhibition when it opened at the Tate in London on June 16, 1994. Of truly impressive size and quality, this is the catalog printed by Tate Gallery Publications. (A later version by Rizzoli was distributed to the two American museums hosting the show in 1995; it's far more commonly found in this country than the original.)

More than 200 pages in length, this is a big, hefty, colorful "coffee table" book that's richly illustrated and packed with enlightening text on the artist's career -- including a fascinating interview with Kitaj, his "prefaces" to the featured works (many of which were displayed alongside them) and an essay by his philosopher friend, Richards Wollheim. The book was edited by Richard Morphet, Keeper of the Modern Collection at the Tate from 1986 to 1998, who worked with Kitaj on the selection process and wrote the introduction.

In wonderful condition, showing just a little wear to the back cover, it still has its Tate Gallery price tag (19 pounds and 95 pence, about $40 by today's reckoning). Nearly 20 years later, we're charging the same and we'll cover US shipping, too (or provide an equivalent discount for international delivery). Thanks for looking!



1980s Neiman-Marcus Big Red Italian Leather Clutch Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1990   item# 558812

1980s Neiman-Marcus Big Red Italian Leather Clutch Bag
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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A luxurious collectors' purse both ladylike and businesslike, this vintage fold-over clutch was fashioned in Italy for America's most famous upscale retailer. It's of soft, supple leather throughout: scarlet red outside and black within. It must have been extremely expensive when new, and it's so clean now that it appears never to have been carried.

Measuring a spacious 12" x 12", it folds to 12" by 8" and has a top zipper closure with a pretty golden-colored pull. The fold-over design was originally created to hold a lady's gloves in the top section, so these are often called "glove bags". Today that part of the bag will be perfect for keeping a cell phone and other small electronic items quickly accessible.

Most likely dating would be 1980s, since this sleek shape was quite popular then, and provenance is a Midwestern estate. Inner tags read "Neiman Marcus" (one name on each side) and "Genuine Leather Made in Italy". A few teensy scuffs on the edge piping of one side seem to be from storage, rather than use, and will cover easily when you give the bag a polish. Similarly, storage produced a few creases, which aren't considered a "flaw" but typical and age-appropriate for such soft, high-quality leather. Their appearance should lessen as the bag is used, instead of kept in one position.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Antique Victorian Long White Lacy Nightgown Medium

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1900   item# 558198

Antique Victorian Long White Lacy Nightgown Medium
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $155. 

As I noted when listing another antique English gown yesterday, if you haven't slept in a Victorian or Edwardian nightie yet, you're in for a thrill. The quality of antique cotton fabric is like nothing we can buy new anywhere today, no matter how expensive. Its touch makes sleeping in it one of life's loveliest luxuries. In case you didn't see that other listing already, I also mentioned the "romance" side. This sort of gown has done me a lot more good through the years than Frederick's of Hollywood.

This particular one is even finer than the other: heavier and older. It's also longer (about 51 inches compared to 49), so a better choice if you're tall. Here we also have more room at the shoulders (18 inches compared to 14.5) and the bust (40 inches compared to 35).

Both gowns are still crisp and snowy white, detailed with exquisite pin-tucking and lace. Here the bodice and jabot-like front placket are lavished with both and the sleeves finish with lacy ruffles. If you look closely enough, you'll find the inevitable old repairs (under an arm, for instance, looking like little darts) and spots where the lace could use a few stitches. The seams are still very strong, though, and the only thing missing is the top button -- no great loss, since these high necks can be claustrophic. (I never button the top one, myself.) There may also have been elastic at the wrists; I can't tell for certain, so that isn't important. Among interesting details of construction, indicating great age, are the long gussets on both sides of the skirt, which can be pressed into inverted pleats, and the fact that it's simply voluminous -- using an enormous amount of fabric to be modestly covered-up. (The original owner must have been of the "lie down and think of England" school.)

It's amazing how well these gowns withstand a century and more of wear and laundering. In this case, even fabric on the button tops has held up well. BTW, you don't have to obsess with ironing antique nightgowns. They're wonderful when starched and pressed, but you're seeing this one straight out of the washing machine after air-drying on a hanger overnight -- photographed against the backdrop of a quilt made by my grandmother (not included, of course).

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Fabulous Vintage Hand-Woven Wool Wrap Cape

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Memorabilia: Pre 1980   item# 557193

Fabulous Vintage Hand-Woven Wool Wrap Cape
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $140. 

From Origins in Santa Fe, arguably the finest fashion shop in town, this exquisitely crafted cape is woven of heathery pink and gray wools and finished with elaborately tied, deep fringes like psychedelic spiderwebs. Sized to fit everyone, it's voluminous and long, but drapes very gracefully. In fact, it's so finely woven you could belt it. Although the cape feels light as air when worn, it's plenty warm enough for fall and spring.

Origins, in case you haven't seen it, stocks only one-of-a-kind and unusual, limited edition clothing and accessories. It's a favorite stop for film stars and wealthy tourists. We locals splurge there occasionally, as I did when choosing this as a gift for my mother in the late 1970s. It's still like new, because she wore it only a few times and I've had it stored away since her death in 1990. (It's the wrong shade of pink for me, so I've finally decided it deserves a new life outside the cedar chest.)

Comparable new capes sell now in the $400-$500 range in Santa Fe, so our price is a great bargain. I paid more than this for it, 25 years ago.

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c 1900 Black Silk Purse on Exquisite Art Nouveau Frame

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1910   item# 536002

c 1900 Black Silk Purse on Exquisite Art Nouveau Frame
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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This delightful hand-made bag from the Late Victorian or Edwardian era features some of the prettiest hardware I've ever seen. Its gilt brass frame is beautifully detailed not only on the front and back, but even on the top edges. It also has a push-in latch of floral form and a *very* Art Nouveau pull ring.

Overall, this treasure is in outstanding condition, as you see. Even the lining is not only undamaged but hardly stained at all. Size is fairly spacious: flaring to 8 inches wide at the bottom from 4 1/2 inches at the top. Height, not counting the clasp or chain, is 5 1/2 inches. That the chain is attached diagonally signifies great age (and also makes a lot of sense to avoid spilling things). The bag's original chain was utilitarian, covered with worn fabric, so we replaced it with a fancy chain of the same length -- about 12 inches -- and the same era. It came from old store stock, so is pristine but rich with time's patina. The plain white metal chain will be included, in case you'd prefer to cover and use it. You might also - if handier with a needle than I - replace a few clumsy stitches taken inside at some point to secure the lining and fix a couple of teensy holes in the fine black fabric. These are very minor flaws, which suggest this was a mourning bag, used only briefly by the first owner and then carefully stored. Unlike mourning jewels, most of which strike me as gruesome, the black bags of the past perfectly complement our Little Black Dresses.

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Antique Swiss Davos Hickory & Iron Bentwood Snow Sled

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Toys: Pre 1900   item# 414422

Antique Swiss Davos Hickory & Iron Bentwood Snow Sled
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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This delightful Swiss-made Davos bentwood sled / toboggan is a Pilz model, probably of hickory and iron. One of the first sleds created for use when seated, rather than lying face-down, it's of a type produced originally in the 1860s for competitive racing at St. Moritz. Variations of it are still produced today in oak and steel. In very good condition - sturdy and intact and beautiful - it would make a great coffee table (just add glass), a super showcase for dolls or other toys or a spectacular hanging display in a lodge or cabin. You could of course use it for its intended purpose, too.

The leash, an uncommonly soft sort of rope, and the early black plastic handle could be original, but it's impossible to be sure. Probable dating is Victorian (circa 1870-1900), size is about 31" x 14" x 9" and provenance is an English estate via a dealer near Cambridge.

Because it's oversized, this piece can't be included in our usual free US shipping offer. Delivery price will be based on actual cost of delivery, with no markup. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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