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2-Sided French Gothic Illuminated Book of Hours Leaf

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Books: Pre 1492   item# 410117

2-Sided French Gothic Illuminated Book of Hours Leaf
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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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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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Rare Maundy Money Coin Charms - Victorian

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Numismatics: Pre 1900   item# 154061

Rare Maundy Money Coin Charms - Victorian
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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.



Rare Maundy Money Coin Charms - James II

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Numismatics: Pre 1700   item# 154035

Rare Maundy Money Coin Charms - James II
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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.



Rare English Gilded & Pierced Parchment Leaf Fan

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Pre 1900   item# 120140

Rare English Gilded & Pierced Parchment Leaf Fan
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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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Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos.



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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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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1957 - 1958 Cissy & Elise Dolls + Trunk & More

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Dolls and Figures: Pre 1960   item# 50942

1957 - 1958 Cissy & Elise Dolls + Trunk & More
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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.


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