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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Vintage Blue Party Dress Rhinestone Belt 1930s

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1940   item# 403513

Vintage Blue Party Dress Rhinestone Belt 1930s
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Besides being a luscious color, this antique ballerina-length dress from England has a wonderfully flattering shape. Cut mainly on the diagonal, it flows easily over the body and its wide skirt and the lacy bell sleeves flutter gracefully. There are many elegant "dressmaker" details, too, both front and back (which are hard to capture in photographs). I'm no specialist in textiles, so can't identify the fabric, but it's woven in a shadow stripe, blue-on-blue, and has a beautiful drape. There's a matching fabric belt with a gorgeous rhinestone two-part buckle that's a work of art valuable in itself.

The waist-skimming princess style of the dress makes it very forgiving, size-wise. It would look good on anyone from a size 2 to around 8, simply fitting more loosely if you're smaller. (I've worn it on a couple of special occasions and it didn't swallow me, although I'm a 2; the belt just settled at the hipbone, rather than my waist.) Actual measurements are about 36 inches at the bust, 32 inches at the waist, 17 inches at the shoulders and 48 inches in total length. The belt is currently 28 inches long, but can be shortened with just a few stitches, if you want a tighter fit.

Blue, as you know, is fashion's favorite color this year, so there couldn't be a better time to choose this beauty. While understated enough for a daytime wedding, it's also dressy enough for a prom or any evening occasion that doesn't require a full-length formal gown. Condition is lovely, with no problems I've noticed.



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Vintage English Metallic Silver & Rhinestone Eve Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1970   item# 322695

Vintage English Metallic Silver & Rhinestone Eve Bag
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This eye-catching English evening purse is doubly dazzling, featuring both rhinestone trim and silver lame fabric. And, unlike many evening purses, it's big enough to be really useful. It measures about 7" x 7 1/4" and works equally well as a clutch or a shoulder bag. Its 28" chain tucks smoothly away through grommets when you don't need it.

This beauty is in lovely condition, with no dulling of its rhinestones or silvertone hardware and only a few little bits of staining inside. The fabric lining, champagne-colored, has a moire pattern and a large side pocket. Probable dating would be 1950s or 1960s.

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c1950 Vintage Beaded Black Bag w/Rhinestones & Sequins

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1970   item# 117610

c1950 Vintage Beaded Black Bag w/Rhinestones & Sequins
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $125. 

This black satin dazzler from England is in lovely condition, almost as if never used. Quite spacious, it measures about 8 3/4" x 5", so is big enough to be truly useful. The sequins have a wonderful aurora borealis quality, with shifting tones of rose, gold and midnight blue, and even the base, sides and 12" handle are jeweled. The moire fabric inside is pristine and there's a zip section for security, as well as good strong snap marked "Newey Pat 201430-22". The only flaw I've found is the absence of a few teensy beads on the base and two sequins on the handle, losses that are extremely hard to notice and easy to repair if they bother you.

Probable dating for this bag would be the early 1950s, based on the AB rhinestones (which weren't introduced until then) and the EMPIRE MADE label inside. While I'm not sure exactly when this designation were in use, it's been a lonnng time since England thought of itself in those terms. Empires pretty much went "out" with World War II.

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Stunning Retro Beaded Velvet Evening Clutch Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1950   item# 99049

Stunning Retro Beaded Velvet Evening Clutch Bag
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The clutch bag made its debut in the 1930s and enjoyed great popularity in the 1940s (encouraged by wartime metal shortages). This is one of those very early clutches, which makes it an excellent investment piece. It's also one of the showiest evening purses around and of a good useful size: almost 9 by 5 inches.

Acquired in England, the bag is definitely European and has a Spanish look, courtesy of all that gold brain and beading on lush white and black velvet. Even the carrying strap on reverse is ornamented. The roomy black satin interior is divided into three compartments for easy organization of your wallet, cell phone and other essentials. In superb condition, with no damage apparent even on close inspection, it's really a gem!

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Czech Art Deco Beaded Evening Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1930   item# 99014

Czech Art Deco Beaded Evening Bag
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Price of $165 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.

Beaded in ivory and champagne beige, this beautiful Czechoslovankian-made evening purse is in near-mint condition, missing perhaps two or three beads out of thousands (and you have to search really hard to notice). Its back is also fully beaded, repeating the front pattern, and has a beaded carrying strap. Interior is pristine and the zip, with original dangle, still works like a dream. This one measures about 6" x 4". Please e-mail for more photos and also let me know if you're looking for a particular sort of evening bag; I probably have it! We're in the process of adding dozens of antique and vintage evening purses for the prom season.

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