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Lovely Antique Beaded Peach Silk Evening Bag c1920

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1920   item# 1274468

Lovely Antique Beaded Peach Silk Evening Bag c1920
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Luscious color makes this one of the prettiest antique evening purses we've ever seen. Of peach silk, painstakingly hand-beaded with white and peachy-pink pearls, it measures about 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Probable dating would be the World War I era, since the bag's refined delicacy shows Edwardian influence, along with a hint of Art Deco. It's in superb condition, with no flaws except a few faint stains on the moire interior, hard to notice. There's a "Hand Made in Belgium" label inside.

We have quite a few glamorous little purses in stock now, so please search the phrase "evening bag," if you'd like to see more.

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Superb Victorian Day or Eve Bag with Crystal Clasp

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1900   item# 1274437

Superb Victorian Day or Eve Bag with Crystal Clasp
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$175, reduced from $225 for the holidays.
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More than 100 years old but in near-mint condition, this bag can be firmly dated by its very round shape. Certain interior details also tell us we're looking at a *really* old purse, exquisitely made. Its pearl satin lining is hand-gathered (like the outer pouch) and an attached coin purse is present, lined to match the outer bag. There's hardly a spot anywhere, no stitches are loose and even the frame shows only minimal wear and snaps tightly shut around the prismic crystal clasp. Clearly this purse was used briefly by a lady in mourning, who subsequently stored it away.

Imagine the chic it will add to your outfits, whether for day or evening. You can carry plenty, too, since the pouch measures about 8" x 7" and expands to almost circular form. Clasp adds almost another inch in height and the strap is about 15".

We have quite a few glamorous little purses in stock now, so please search the phrase "evening bag," if you'd like to see more.

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!



Exquisitely Embroiderered Antique Christening Cape

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 1037798

Exquisitely Embroiderered Antique Christening Cape
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The Ultimate Baby Gift!

Among the most treasured family heirlooms are christening clothes: the long dresses also called robes (although they're lightweight and lacy) and the capes or mantles worn over them to keep the new baby warm enough. This English mantle is a spectacular example of the latter, most likely 19th century Victorian and certainly no later than Edwardian. Although at least 100 years old, it's in marvelous condition -- clear testament to how greatly it was prized.

Christening mantles have been fashioned since the 18th century, when they replaced enormous "bearing cloths" so long and heavy with sumptuous decoration that it took a team of ladies to carry them into the church. The attendants followed along behind the godmother, who held the child wrapped in one end of it. Although that custom ended, the desire to dress the baby like a prince or princess didn't. Parents wanted their precious little ones to make their debuts before God and society in the most lavish mantles they could afford.

This one meets all the traditional criteria for excellence: luxurious white and off-white fabrics, meticulous hand-stitching and beautiful embellishments. Fine embroidery adorns both its large scalloped cape collar and the smaller one at the neck, and two rows of pintucked pleats add dimension all around the voluminous hemline. The cape is almost as lovely inside as out, lined with whiter material including long gores of shimmering shantung silk just inside the front opening. The same lining treatment also appears on the reverse of both collars. I'm not certain what the fabrics other than shantung are -- perhaps heavier silk; they're tightly woven and as soft as a caress. There are a few very faint spots (mainly inside), which any skilled dry cleaner should be able to remove easily, and you may want to add ribbon ties at the throat. Alternatively, you could fasten it with a 'beauty pin' as was done in Victorian times. We have several antique bar pins that would be suitable.

Total length of the garment is 38 inches and it's so wide that I once wore it as an evening cape (to great acclaim), so keep this in mind if you'd like to get some extra use from it between family christenings. It would be stunning also as a bridal wrap for a cool-weather wedding.

This is a truly remarkable piece of history, with lots more history to make.

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Rare English Edwardian Summer Nightgown White Lacy

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 558280

Rare English Edwardian Summer Nightgown White Lacy
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Here's a change from the very covered-up Victorian and Edwardian nighties we usually see. It's a midsummer night's dream of a gown -- shorter, sleeveless and with a scooped neck, but still lavishly detailed, demure and made of the superb antique cotton that feels indescribably luxurious and simply won't wear out. Antique trims are astoudingly durable, too. Our modern laces wouldn't last on frequently laundered nightwear for more than a few years, but here, after a century or so, there's just one spot on the lace yoke that could use a few stitches. All seams are intact, being double-strength as was done in Victorian and Edwardian times, and I don't even see any old repairs on this gown (no doubt because it's sleeveless and most rips occur beneath sleeves). The ribbon tie has no doubt been changed several times through the years and that could stand to be done again. It's just a matter of running your favorite color ribbon through the lace casing and securing it at the sides.

The tie allows you to adjust fit in the upper bust area, which goes to a max of 40 inches. Beneath the yoke, the shape flares in an A-line, so there aren't any crucial points of fit. Length from shoulder to hem is about 38 inches -- well below the knee, but not swirling near the ankles like our other gowns.

All authentic antique nightwear is getting very thin on the ground and sleeveless ones are the most scarce, since fewer were made. England, where the best gowns come from, isn't exactly known for its long, torrid summers. Thus, this is an unusual opportunity to acquire a beautiful antique nightgown that will feel comfortable year-round in our modern climate-controlled homes.

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Antique Victorian Nightgown c 1900 Long White Lacy

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 557913

Antique Victorian Nightgown c 1900 Long White Lacy
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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. Besides all that, these are *so* romantic. Without going into detail, this sort of gown has done me a lot more good through the years than Frederick's of Hollywood.

The condition of this gown is lovely; it's crisp and snowy white, detailed with exquisite pin-tucking and lace (even down the sleeves) and fastened by corded loops to mother-of-pearl buttons. If you look closely enough, you'll find the inevitable old repairs, but they're hard to notice (under the arm, for instance). You might want to replace exhausted elastic at the ruffled wrists, but it isn't really necessary, since the sleeves look fine full at the bottom. It's amazing how well these gowns withstand a century of wear and laundering. BTW, you don't have to obsess with ironing them. They're wonderful when crisply starched and pressed, but you're seeing this one straight out of the washing machine after air-drying on a hanger overnight.

The only crucial points of fit here are the shoulders (about 14.5 inches between sleeves) and the bust (about 34-35). Length is 49 inches from just below the neck ruffle to the back hem.

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Superb Edwardian or Early Deco Beaded Black Bag

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1920   item# 506116

Superb Edwardian or Early Deco Beaded Black Bag
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$215
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This spectacular antique European evening bag has been a star of my personal collection for a couple of decades. It's a marvelous example of Edwardian metalwork -- the loveliest clasps and purse frames in history -- combined with geometric decoration that anticipates Art Deco. The ornately formed and richly gilded filigree on this bag is among the most beautiful I've ever seen, and the beading is truly remarkable. Both the teensy round beads that trace out the edges of the bag and its strap and the much larger square beads lavished all over appear to be silver-finished celluloid. The square ones gleam softly like mother-of-pearl, while the smaller ones seem to be glass until you touch them. Also of early plastic is the massive faceted clear stone that crowns the top of the clasp. It's an amazing mix of Edwardian elegance and Deco innovation, which could have been fashioned only when the former was phasing out as the latter phased in. A bag this chic almost certainly was made in France.

Its condition is as marvelous as when I acquired in England, since I've used it rarely. You have to search very hard to notice the few bead losses and it takes high magnification to note any surface wear (mainly at the corners of some of the square beads). Even the silk interior is pristine, still equipped with a mirror that was probably original. Large enough to be useful, it measures about 6 inches by 6 3/4 inches and has a 3 3/4-inch carrying strap, the ideal length to suspend from a sash or belt for dancing.

I don't open the private vault often, but this bag deserves to go out on the town and, now that I'm back in New Mexico, there are no occasions gala enough to warrant it.

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Lovely Antique Ivory Silk and Lace Camisole c 1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 151712

Lovely Antique Ivory Silk and Lace Camisole c 1900
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This antique Victorian or Edwardian ivory silk camisole trimmed lavishly with cotton lace is a rare find -- pretty enough to wear as a blouse, not just a luxurious undergarment. In near-perfect condition, it needs only new ribbons at the shoulders and waist. Since the straps and drawstring should be precisely fitted to the new owner, I haven't replaced them. The silk is in superb shape, with only a few teensy holes toward the waist that don't look worth worrying about but need to be mentioned. Lying flat, the piece measures 17-1/2 inches across the lace, so would fit up to a 35-inch bust. Waistline, ungathered, measures about the same. You could put a thin elastic there, instead of a ribbon drawstring, if you prefer. Provenance is a Minnesota estate.

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