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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1960 item #1115631
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Memorabilia : Pre 1950 item #691129
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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.

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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Books : Pre 2000 item #678988
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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!
All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1900 item #558198
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Memorabilia : Pre 1980 item #557193
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1910 item #536002
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Toys : Pre 1900 item #414422
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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!
All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Books : Pre 1492 item #410117
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The Book of Hours was a personal prayer book used by the laity in the Late Middle Ages. Having evolved as a specific form by the end of the thirteenth century, by the fourteenth century it replaced the Psalter as the principal text for private devotion. Based on the 8 canonical hours or divine offices, it included sets of prayers and readings to be spoken at daily intervals. In those days, it was quite a status symbol to be able to own (and read) one. The most splendid are richly decorated with miniature paintings, elaborate initials, borders and line fillers. Most, however, were much more modest. Even simpler ones were very costly, being completely hand-made.

This example, on vellum, is from The Office of Our Blessed Lady At Lauds - beginning with Psalms 149 and 150 and ending almost at the finish of the Song of Zachariah. A full translation will be provided to the purchaser. It begins on the grain (hair) side of the skin and continues on the smooth (flesh) side - which is prettier as the front display, being more ornate. Here there two large illuminated and gilded capitals and 13 smaller ones. The other side has one large and 16 smaller.

The London dealer from whom this piece was purchased identified it as French pre-1520. Probably it's from the 1400s, since the printing press came along in 1455 and soon ended the demand for scribal arts. The Gothic style of script seen here was used internationally from the mid-twelfth through the fifteenth century. Condition of this manuscript is lovely, the vellum still being very supple and with little discoloration (less than appears in the photo). Size is about 6 7/8 x 4 1/4 inches.

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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1940 item #403513
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1970 item #322695
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Numismatics : Pre 1900 item #154061
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Since the time of Edward I, who reigned from 1272 to 1307, English monarchs have observed Maundy (or Maunday) Thursday - the day before Good Friday - by distributing specially struck fine silver coins (Maundy Money) and other gifts to the "Deserving Poor" in a major cathedral service. The term "Maundy" derives, like "mandatory," from the Latin "mandatum" - meaning command. It refers to the commandment, "Love one another," expressed by Jesus at the Last Supper when he washed disciples' feet. According to my research, James II was the last monarch who actually did it that, too.

Our array of Victorian Maundy coins - drilled long ago for wear as charms or pendants - includes a dozen examples, all from the Early Victorian period. Five date from the first full year of her reign (1838), five from 1843, one from 1848 and one from 1862. The monarch's portrait - a youthful likeness - appears on the front of each and, on reverse, the denomination is represented in the style still currrent, showing the number beneath a crown.

The number of Maundy Money sets produced each year varied with the monarch's age. For instance, Victoria was only 18 at Easter in 1838, so she honored 18 worthy recipients - each receiving 4 coins of different values. Thus, since we have five of the 2 pence coins minted that year, there should be only 13 more of these anywhere in existence. The rarity of our five 1843 coins (all denominated 1 1/2 pence) is almost as extreme, since she was then just 23.

Our Victorian coins are estate items recently discovered during a house clearance in northern England - also the source of our 4 Georgian and 8 James II examples.
All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Numismatics : Pre 1700 item #154035
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Since the time of Edward I, who reigned from 1272 to 1307, English monarchs have observed Maundy (or Maunday) Thursday - the day before Good Friday - by distributing specially struck fine silver coins (Maundy Money) and other gifts to the "Deserving Poor" in a major cathedral service. The term "Maundy" derives, like "mandatory," from the Latin "mandatum" - meaning command. It refers to the commandment, "Love one another," expressed by Jesus at the Last Supper when he washed disciples' feet. According to my research, James II was the last monarch who actually did it. No less an observer than Samuel Pepys wrote with shock that James' successor turned that noble function over to one of his courtiers.

Our array of these coins - drilled long ago for wear as charms or pendants - includes at least one example from each year of his short reign: a threepence from 1685, four fourpence (groat) coins from 1686, a threepence and a fourpence from 1687 and a fourpence from 1688. The monarch's portrait appears on the front of each and, on reverse, the denomination is represented by varying numbers of the letter "I" (for Jacobus; in Latin Iacobus).

The number of Maundy Money sets produced each year varied with the monarch's age. For instance, James II was 54 at Easter in 1687, so he honored 54 worthy recipients - each receiving 4 coins, 1 of every denomination from one penny to four. Thus, a total of 214 coins of each denomination were struck during his four-year reign, when he was at the ages 52 through 55. That would be just 856 coins, all told. Of those we have 8, so there are only 848 more anywhere in existence.

Our examples are estate items recently discovered during a house clearance in northern England - also the source of our 4 Georgian and 12 Victorian Maundy coin charms. Please e-mail for further information and photographs.
All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Pre 1900 item #120140
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This breathtaking 14-leaf antique fan appears to be of parchment cut into ornate feather-like shapes that were intricately pierced for a lacy effect and further embellished with gilding and penwork. It's clearly hand-made, perhaps by a lady for her own use or as a spectacular gift for someone dear. Fans of this period were often gifts to brides.

I know little about folding fans, but have been told this piece is probably early 19th century Victorian, based on its style and large size. Despite great age, its black-lacquered sticks are intact and well-secured by what appears to be original cord of a pale color matching the leaves. Gilding remains bright and parchment shows only very minor wear, mainly small areas of discoloration on the back. Measuring about 10 1/2" tall and opening to about 19", the fan was acquired by its prior owner about 10 years ago from an English antiques dealer near Cambridge. I've never seen anything remotely like this. If you have, please tell me more!

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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1970 item #117610
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1950 item #99049
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1930 item #99014
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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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All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Dolls and Figures : Pre 1960 item #50942
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Madame Alexander's fashionable "big girl" dolls were every little girl's dream in the 1950s & now collectors dream of dolls like these. With just 1 owner since childhood, Cissy & Elise spent 5 decades packed in this trunk of cherry metal with white stripes & brass fittings. It still has its key & Cissy has her "diamond" ring & beaded bag! (To replace the ring of a careless doll, an owner recently had to spend $35 at e-Bay.)

A 20" blonde, our blue-eyed Cissy has the rosiest cheeks & knees + original tagged dress of factory-crisp taffeta, styled like a jumper over a blouse. Outfit includes white straw hat, lace petticoat, lace-trimmed panties & seamed nylons in fine condition. Blue shoes need lining & elastic. Here she wears a vintage teddy, untagged but high quality.

Elise dolls were often sold in basic form. Ours is a hazel-eyed blonde in classic MA teddy (in fine shape), pink heeled shoes with tightened elastic & frankly shattered nylons (now replaced by new pantyhose) With jointed ankles, Elise measures 16" toe-dancing, 15 1/2" flat.

Very suitable for display, both are unfaded, with pretty hair & "posable" jointed arms & knees. The star-spangled trunk, about 19 1/2" x 11" x 10", has deep drawers holding new finery & vintage clothes.

Save hundreds by buying entire collection of remaining dolls from same estate. Please e-mail for details & more photos.
All Items : Archives : Collectibles : Dolls and Figures : Pre 1960 item #49249
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This exquisite red-haired "Wendy helps mummy in the garden sometimes" doll is documented in the "Alexander-Kins for 1955" brochure as design #422 -- though it's VERY hard to believe this pristine charmer is almost 50 years old.

Rosy-cheeked as the day she was made and in perfect working order, she honestly looks brand-new and her checked gingham dress and rickrack-trimmed turquoise pinafore are factory-crisp. She even has her little yellow garden spade. The only fault we can find is the usual problem with stretched socks and shoes lacking straps; those snap shoes and weird socks were a menace! Replacing these is a wonderful pair of red and gold sandals from the same era (included). Wendy will come to you in her original box, marked 422 and sporting a Texas shop's $3.95 price tag. In good though not perfect condition, the box still contains a piece of that famous pink tissue. You'd have to look a long time to find a red-haired Wendy this old in such fantastic condition.

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