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Exquisite 23 inch Antique Lace Collar c 1900

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1920   item# 1191823

Exquisite 23 inch Antique Lace Collar c 1900
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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Our superb lace collar from the late 19th or very early 20th century is detailed in back just as on the front. Each element of the lace - flowers, grapes, leaves and so forth - was stitched by hand onto fine, soft netting that's a beautiful color match. I'm not expert enough about textiles to be sure the lace elements are also hand-crafted, but it's certainly possible, given the design quality of the piece and the loving care it's been given.

Acquired at a major antiques fair in Newmarket, near Cambridge in England, the collar is more than 17" wide at the bottom of the front. About 23" long from front corner to back corner, it gives you almost a FOOT of gorgeous lace on each side of your shoulders. Its ecru color is actually paler, more toward a creamy off-white, than you see here, the photo being slightly darkened to reveal more detail.

A fine hook and thread eye remain at the bottom of the back and another thread eye a few inches above indicates one hook is missing, easily replaced. I've found no other flaws.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. There's no charge for insured domestic shipping, with an equivalent discount for international delivery. Thanks for looking!



Antique Edwardian Filigree and Gros-Point Tapestry Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1920   item# 691605

Antique Edwardian Filigree and Gros-Point Tapestry Bag
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Edwardian handbags often range to sensible sizes and yet they're also the prettiest purses ever made -- rich with exquisite needlework and such dressmaker details as seam cording and truly luxurious linings (like the heavy champagne silk-satin you see here), plus fittings of greater refinement than in any other period. It was a very brief era, just a few years, but it set an abiding standard of quality in purses and jewelry.

I don't open the private vault often, but have decided to let this fabulous bag -- a star of my own collection -- fly free into the Wider World. It's a purse you can carry not only for special evenings, but also by day without looking overdone. Its large size (9" x 10") is an important part of its versatility. Although the gilt filigree hardware is as jewel-like as you'd expect from an Edwardian evening bag, this isn't one of those precious teensy models made strictly for the cocktails-and-dancing circuit.

I hope the next owner of this treasure -- made even more exceptional by its near-mint condition -- will see that it gets a great deal more use than ever before. It's certainly meant for a lady who leads an interesting life. Provenance of the bag is an estate in Scotland and dating is circa 1905-1910. Both sides are identical, except in the color of a few stitches that authenticate hand-craftsmanship. Its chain handle, possibly not original since it's a bit sturdier than I'd expect (but the right color), is 20 inches long.

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



Spacious Vintage Jeweled Black Silk Shoulder Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1990   item# 326845

Spacious Vintage Jeweled Black Silk Shoulder Bag
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This is a wonderful vintage evening bag - stylish enough for big events and yet also big enough to be useful: about 9 inches wide, 6 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches deep. To keep your hands free for greeting, eating and dancing, there's a super-long 44-inch braided cord to wear on your shoulder or across your chest like a bandolier. Detailed on the front with shirred fabric that radiates in pleats from a row of sparkly diamond rhinestones, the bag has a dramatic "Dynasty" look and likely dates from the glitzy 1980s. It reached us from a collection in England but was made in Hong Kong by Debonair. The fabric isn't named on the label, but feels like silk (with something soft and cushiony between the layers). Condition is lovely, inside and out. The only flaws I can find, besides a little flattening of the pleats from storage, are a couple of small spots at the base; they're hard to notice, but a good dry cleaner or a dab of spot remover should zap them away, if they bother you.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Deco Diva Beaded Evening Bag - Ivory & Silver

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1930   item# 323352

Deco Diva Beaded Evening Bag - Ivory & Silver
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This fabulous antique silk purse is quintessential Art Deco in its boldly geometric beadwork - identical on both sides and featuring as the central motif a radiant sun. Even its base and strap are luxuriously beaded. What makes it even more special for us today is that the color scheme is extremely restrained for the period. Featuring only elegant shades of white, ivory and the dark silver of cut steel, it's a carry-with-anything bag you'll use again and again. Its size is unusually ample, too - about 8 1/4" x 5" - and it has expandable sides, as well as an interior pocket for the things you need to find quickly.

Although acquired in England, this treasure looks decidedly French to me, and of course the dating would be 1920s. Alas, it's condition - while impressive for its age - isn't perfect. (It would be museum-quality and enormously expensive, if it were.) There are a few minor bead losses, hard to notice, and the entire outer row of beads appears on close inspection to be missing on both sides. These would be simple repairs, if you're at all good with a needle. Thankfully, the lining of the pouch remains pristine, but the fabric covering the inner frame shows a few areas of rusty staining (which leads me to believe those beads that look like cut steel may be). A good dry cleaner might be able to remove those, or that portion of the bag could be relined. One hinge also needs a screw. When these minor bits of restoration are done, you'll have a bag worth two or three times the money and sure to keep increasing in value.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Luscious Art Deco Czech Floral Beaded Evening Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1940   item# 126269

Luscious Art Deco Czech Floral Beaded Evening Bag
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This exquisite beaded purse is a real treasure, with all the quality you expect from vintage Czechoslovakian beads and craftsmanship. Obviously hand-stitched, the beads are soft pastels - ivory, pink and green pastels - and the same floral design appears on *both* sides. Inside, there's a small pocket with a label that reads "Made in Czechoslovakia". Measurements are 7 1/2" by 4", not including those wonderful round handles that add so much style! Somewhat oddly, one of the handles is rigid, while the other isn't, but this appears original to the bag's construction. Perhaps the soft side was to rest against the waist when the bag was worn over a sash or belt for dancing. You could easily run a bit of wire through the interior of the soft handle, if you want them exactly the same. Probable dating would be 1920s or early 1930s and overall condition is simply superb; I can find no stains, missing beads or other flaws and the zipper works smoothly.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this and/or our similar pieces. Thanks for looking!



Very Fine Art Deco Hand Beaded & Sequinned Purse

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1940   item# 117057

Very Fine Art Deco Hand Beaded & Sequinned Purse
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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In fantastic condition, this glamorous antique evening bag from England is a soft shell shape encrusted with gold sequins and gold and pearl beads. Its back is fully sequinned, including a tiny handle you can slide two fingers through (or fasten to a belt). Interior is ivory satin with a label that reads "Hand Made Foreign" and what appears to be original tissue (which has discolored the fabric very slightly, where it touches). The only other flaw I notice is that just a couple -- from thousands of beads -- are coming loose and can be easily secured. Size is about 6" x 6 1/2" and probable dating would be 1920s. The style, as you see, is *very* Art Deco!

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Art Deco Beaded Coat that Went to the Oscars

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1940   item# 99968

Art Deco Beaded Coat that Went to the Oscars
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Price of $350 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.

The prior owner of this astounding black velvet evening coat inherited it from her aunt, a screenwriter in Hollywood who wore it on Oscars Night during the 1930's. Fittingly, it's deluxe from its tall shirred muff of a collar to the tips of the sleeves and is as beautifully detailed on the back as the front (click through for rear view). However, I think this is a 1920's piece, instead, based on its Egyptian beading motif (trendy at the time of the King Tut exhibition).

Sadly, there's damage to beads and netting here and there; worst is that some oaf let it hang for ages on a wire hanger, fraying the shoulders of the pleated Fortuny silk lining. (Couldn't you just kill? Shades of Mommie Dearest!)

If interested in undertaking restoration of a truly amazing, one-of-a-kind treasure, which I've priced barely over what I paid to acquire it in Santa Fe, please e-mail for further details and pix. It will be museum-quality once restored and, the way this coat is cut, it will fit anyone. Thanks for looking!



1920s Art Deco Egyptian Motif Metal Assuit Shawls (2)

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1930   item# 99951

1920s Art Deco Egyptian Motif Metal Assuit Shawls (2)
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Offered are two rare, gorgeous and huge Art Deco shawls, each measuring 7 feet long and 30 inches wide! Sold at auction in England as "Indian Wedding Shawls," these proved upon research to be assuit ... an Art Deco metal fabric that gained popularity at the time of the King Tut exhibition, along with all things Egyptian.

Extremely hard to find, these shawls have a base of off-white netting, around which were wrapped bits of SOLID METAL (gold, brass, copper or perhaps an alloy) hammered thin and cut into small rectangles.

One of these two is in virtually immaculate condition. The other sadly shows some holes and staining I hope can be repaired; if not, the large central panel is fine and could be framed or used for some smaller piece of apparel. Please click through for detail shot. To confirm availability, order or request additional photos, please e-mail erinharris@earthlink.net - bearing in mind that photographing these is very difficult, due to their massive size and the metal's glare.

Insured U.S. shipping is complimentary and gift wrap is also free on request. Thanks for looking!



Rare and Exquisite Antique Petitpoint Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 99120

Rare and Exquisite Antique Petitpoint Bag
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $475. 

Price of $475 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.

I'm calling this gorgeous evening bag Edwardian based on clasp shape and the prevalence of marcasites, but it could as easily be Victorian. The lavish detail of its frame (including dainty scalloped edging and inlay that appears to be mother-of-pearl) suggests a *very* early dating. Even the frame's reverse and interior are prettily chased and the fineness of the chain is something that hasn't typically been seen for a *very* long time. Certainly this lovely item is antique, not just vintage (even by European standards), and yet its condition is magnificent: not perfect, but really awe-inspiring.

Besides beauty, this purse has size going for it; it's about 9" wide and almost 6" deep (not counting the large, marcasite-crusted clasp, which adds almost another inch. The pattern of beautiful ladies in a Classical garden appears on both front and back. This is a bag you'll be extremely proud to carry on the most special occasions or give to someone dear. It's also an investment-grade collectible item, of course.

Thanks for looking!



Antique Deco Flapper String Bag Egyptian Revival Motif

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1930   item# 99114

Antique Deco Flapper String Bag Egyptian Revival Motif
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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Our second string bag from the Roaring 20s - worked in a more subtle color scheme of soft purple, fern green and black on taupe - has a pouch big enough to hold a lot. It measures 9" x 6 1/2", and the strap is about 39" long. On close inspection, the strap could use a few stitches for reinforcement; there's one frayed spot at the top, easily repaired. The purse has no further problems I notice and, like our other string bag from the same Dallas area estate, shows its original colors because of being carefully stored away for decades. These two bags are truly exceptional finds - superstars of a type that's rare to begin with.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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