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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1930 item #1274488
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Evening bags by Mayor are definitely not thick on the ground. I wasn't able to locate any others online - besides which ours is perfect, apparently never used and still snapped into its glamorous burgundy case of velvety suede that bears the maker's name and logo. The heavy metal mesh is as supple as fabric and lined with ivory silk. The pouch measures about 5" x 4 1/4" and closes with a double chain 6 1/2" long, with beautifully shaped carrying rings an inch round on each end.

If you want a fine early 20th century mesh purse more exceptional the widely available ones by Whiting & Davis and Mandalian, this is your obvious choice. Probable dating is the early 1920s (dawn of the Art Deco era) and provenance is an estate in Florida, where the Mayor's company moved at the height of Deco mania. No jeweler is more closely associated with Deco style than Samuel Getz of Mayor's.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1990 item #1227510
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These exciting vintage boots with stiletto heels are a lot more Vixen than Western. Besides the pizzazz of their 3.25-inch heels, they mix three different leathers in slightly different shades of brown: Reptile and suede trim the butter-soft smooth leather that slouches gracefully for a bit of "pirate" swagger.

Representing the height of style in the "Dallas" and "Dynasty" era, these beauties will be perfect with the 1980s revival fashions so trendy today (not to mention with your skinny jeans). They've been so lightly worn that this is how they look without even getting a polish and brush-up! Linings are fully intact.

The boots reached us, fittingly enough, from a Dallas collection and were quite expensive when new. Outer soles (leather, of course) are marked 5B and inner soles (likewise leather) are tagged Wild Pair. Early examples of this fashion-forward brand have become highly collectible. I've seen 1980s Wild Pair boots selling for close to $300 elsewhere online.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #623550
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Want some gloves that will do lots more than keep your hands warm? These terrific designs from the 1940s or early 1950s are loaded with Retro style! Both are sized for a petite woman and came from the same Texas estate.

The brown ones with the huge buttons and lavish seam detail look like suede, but are of suede-finished fabric. And their condition is absolutely amazing, as if they've never been worn.

The second pair are of buttery soft black kidskin with cutwork wrist-bands of fawn kid, each secured with a black leather button. Just a few little scuffs are present and one wrist has a teensy red dot on it. With a cleaning and polish, they'd probably be like new.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #616827
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Crisp as new, this colorful vintage apron features a delightful pattern of tall windows filled with potted daisies, plus a wide red band at the bottom and a vine motif above. Length is a little more than 20 inches, plus a waistband nearly two inches wide.

It can't have been worn much, if at all, because the condition is immaculate. Probable dating would be 1940s and provenance is a Texas estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #616818
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This darling vintage handkerchief is extremely unusual, in that it has a coin purse built right in! The hanky, itself, is of emerald green linen so finely woven that it's semi-sheer -- and, set into the center, there's a bright yellow, green and white tartan plaid pouch that zips open on one side with a green loop pull.

It's plenty big enough to hold keys and other small necessities, whenever you don't want to carry a bag -- making this perfect to tuck in your pocket when you're jogging, walking the dog, going to the beach or running quick errands.

The hanky measures about 11 inches square and its zip pouch is 4 inches by 4 inches. Provenance is a Texas estate and most likely dating would be 1930s or 1940s. Condition is fantastic. It can't have been used much, if at all.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #616816
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This fancy vintage apron has to be at least 50 or 60 years old, but looks never worn. It's obviously been stored away carefully, because the fabric hasn't even thought about fading. And look at those elaborate ultra-feminine details: panels of yellow eyelet lace, plus appliqued flowers! It's 15 inches long, plus a 1 3/4-inch waistband, and provenance is a Texas estate.

If you're looking for a really charming vintage apron, either for kitchen use or to complete a 'perfect housewife' costume, you've found it now. Donna Reed, eat your heart out!

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1990 item #559598
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Having recently acquired loads of wonderful vintage and antique clothing from a collector who's downsizing, I got inspired to do a bit of the same. These two scarves have languished in my dresser since around 1980, when in a moment of insanity I paid at least $75 for each (on sale) at one of the best shops in town. Despite good intentions, I never got the knack of wearing squares, so it's unlikely I will.

The larger scarf here, measuring 26 inches in each direction with finely machined edges, is of an unusual and very complexion-flattering canteloupe hue, between coral and pink, and it has an all-over upraised pattern (impossible to photograph properly) of nubby same-color dots that feel luxurious. The fabric is a cotton so finely woven that you can see through it. This of course means it knots and drapes like a dream, with no ungraceful bulk.

The paisley scarf, 16.5 inches square, is of the same marvelous cotton. Even with its dark colors, it's transparent when you hold it to light. Colors are navy, red and ecru; the pattern is intricately detailed; and the edges are rolled and hand-hemmed.

Both these scarves are in like-new condition and would make marvelous gifts. I don't recall what their tags said; they were separate, not sewn-in, which is so nice. (That way, you don't have to risk ripping an edge, when you cut off the nuisances.)

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1990 item #559576
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We're presenting these as a duo, since both are sure to suit the taste of ladies who like their scarves sheer and extremely artistic. Each features as its background a drift of transparent cloud-gray organza that's light as a breeze. In one case, the reverse is tagged silk and we believe them both to be.

The older scarf, most likely dating from the 1950s or earlier, is decorated by hand with a lavish but subtly colored bouquet of violets and lilacs at each corner. Signed Hope, it measures 21.5 inches square, has a delicate machined edge and will look gorgeous over gray or any color that appears in the pattern, including various hues of purple, blue, rose and green.

The other, tagged silk, was produced in the Orient for the Margarita line's cocktail collection. With an exotic pattern of stylized chrysanthemums in dark gold, taupe and gray, it measures 22 inches square and has beautifully rolled edges hemmed by hand. Probable dating for this would be circa 1980, but it has a Late Deco/Retro look.

Both scarves are in lovely condition. On the older one, high magnification reveals a few itsy-bitsy specks which dry-cleaning should remove, but are hardly worth mentioning. Both reached us from the considerable collection of a vintage clothes hound who's downsizing. She wore them with the Anne Fogarty gray wool sheath dress we recently listed.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1970 item #557464
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Imagine bumming around the Greek Islands in the sixties. This vintage shoulder bag is from the estate of a lady who did it. She must have treasured this souvenir greatly, because it's still practically like new.

Its dramatic red-on-black pattern of Greek urns between Greek key borders repeats on both sides and the size is a spacious 15 1/4 by 12 1/2 inches, plus a 34-inch handle and bouncy pom-pom corners. The fabric looks like wool tapestry, but a label (mostly in Greek) says in English that it's cotton and rayon. If you can read Greek, you'll be able to identify the company and its location.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1970 item #551231
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"Who dares, wins," they say, so why not take your style to new heights with this breathtaking vintage Evelyn Varon chapeau? Of cinnamon-colored "doeskin" wool felt, it's gracefully shaped in a sort of cross between a fedora, a cloche and a Garbo slouch and te longer side (for casting flirtatious glances beneath) is set with a lavish wheel of feathers adorned with pearls. Vintage hats just don't get any more spectacular!

This one's in immaculate condition, too, although it can't be younger than mid-1960s. That's when the original owner remembers purchasing it from an upscale department store in downtown Fort Worth. Unfortunately for her, she didn't dare to wear it much, which is why it's so perfect now. It's marked with two of the most famous names in vintage headwear: Evelyn Varon, whose work is featured in the Hat Museum, and George W. Bollman, whose firm developed the wool felt "doeskin" material from which it's made. The Bollman Hat Co. has been associated with many the world's top designers and brands since early Victorian days and the firm is still operating.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1910 item #550810
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These Victorian or Edwardian gloves from a California estate are in such fabulous condition that I expect they were worn only once -- most likely by a bride -- and then stored carefully away for generations. Not only are there no rips or tears, but there's none of the age discoloration one expects to see. Styled with a highly ornate pattern to cover the back of the hand and plain mesh over the palm, they measure about 9 1/2 inches from the tip of the middle finger to the outer edge of the flared gauntlet. Mesh does stretch a bit, of course, but these will be best for small hands.

Please bear in mind that historic gloves, bags and other fabric creations have almost inevitably picked up some scent of smoke through the years. I don't notice it on these and, if present, a rinse and airing should take care of it. However, I advise those who are allergic (or militant) simply to avoid antique and vintage items made of cloth.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1960 item #546550
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It can be hard to find an afforable vintage evening bag without interior "issues" -- those all-too-common perfume and makeup stains. This one is perfect inside, and also looks perfect outside until you inspect it very closely. A graceful floral and foliate motif shimmers on both sides in elegant black-on-black and there's a beautifully engraved frame with an ornate chain handle. This purse can hold a lot, too. Measuring about 7" x 6" (plus clasp and 12" handle), it's exceptionally roomy for an evening bag.

Acquired from a dealer in the London area, it was probably made in England. The overall form and sleek twist clasp are typical of bags produced soon after World War II. Someone handy with a needle could replace the few missing beads in an hour or two, and matching ones should be quite easy to find since they're classic rounds of black opaque glass.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1920 item #403097
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Lavished with sequins and beads, this glamorous snap-pouch from an English dealer near Cambridge was obviously hand-made. Its curvy Paisley-like pattern shows Art Nouveau influence and suggests the bag was made before 1920, since Deco designs were more angular. I believe it dates from the World War I era (1914-1918), during the transitional period between Edwardian and Art Deco styles.

The pouch part of the purse is spacious (almost 8 by 6 inches) and there's a beaded loop handle 6 inches long, meant to be fastened to a belt or sash for dancing. Condition is lovely, relative to age. The interior is absolutely marvelous: of moire silk with a side compartment and no stains or other damage. The back does show some sequin losses, easily replaced since black sequins are widely available, and a few of the teensy black beads are loose (but not lost). I'd fix it, myself, but I'm not much of a seamstress. Someone more skilled could restore its full glory in just a few minutes.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #401242
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You can't judge this "book" by its cover - but it's one you'll open again and again! The case for our elegant book-shaped mother of pearl compact is a book in its own right: "bound" in rich burgundy cut velvet and with "pages" incised in the gilded edges. What an amazing lot of care La Mode put into packaging its nicest purse accessories - and no wonder these were romantic gifts treasured for generations.

The compact within, about 2 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" wide and half an inch tall, is of extremely high quality: made of heavy gilt brass surfaced thickly with a gorgeous slice of luminous mother-of-pearl and fitted with a very fine metal-framed, beveled mirror. Some powder remains behind the loose face powder well, and there's pressed rouge, too, (a beautiful shade) plus a signed puff (used). There's even a wonderful printed enclosure that reads: "Save this label!" and conveys the Massachusetts-based Ripley & Gowan Company's promise of endless rouge refills for 25 cents' worth of stamps and a new puff for 10 cents extra. This is really a cutie - and, if you collect antique and vintage compacts, you know how rare it is to find all these bits still together after decades!

The luxurious box in which you'll love displaying these items measures about 4 3/4" x 3 5/8". At one end, its cardboard edges have separated and could be easily reglued, if that bothers you. Of course there's some loss of gilding to the edges after so long and a few small spots are on the creamy satin that lines the inside cover. The other interior fabric is a beautiful gold cut velvet, in great shape like the exterior. The compact's lid lifts from the bottom and snaps shut securely. Gilding shows age-appropriate surface wear (mainly on the back), but I find no other problems. Probable dating would be 1930s. Book-shaped compacts were popular then, the company began making compacts at that time and this *does* have a Late Deco look. Provenance is a Dallas area estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1970 item #339929
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This is one of my all-time favorite vintage evening bags. It's ever so girly with its ruffled and pleated front, plus that huge clasp like a rhinestone doorknob! It's a great size, too: big enough to be functional (almost 7 1/2" by 7" plus clasp and handle). Both sides of the interior have flaps to contain things you want to find easily.

This bag is English (presumably, since we got it there) and very finely made, so it's odd there's no label. That fact persuades me it's older than one might think. Given its excellent condition, it could easily be mistaken for new; however, my best guess on dating would be 1950s or 1960s. Because the world went "logo mad" around 1970, labels have been essentially universal since that time and they were pretty common even earlier. Regardless of how long it's been around, this bag has seen very little action; the fabric, which appears to be a heavy satin or silk, is virtually pristine.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1960 item #339927
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Perfect when your look is Understated Glamor, our circa 1950 clutch draws its drama from black on black: the glitter of faceted "jet" against the gleam of the heavy silken fabric. These pretend jewels are wonderfully geometric, a parade of alternating teardrops and rondels set in gilded frames. Not only sophisticated but spacious enough to be genuinely useful (about 8 1/2" by 6"), the bag is in lovely condition both inside and out. Top edge of gilding shows light wear only under high magnification. The maker is Garay and provenance is a Dallas area estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #325075
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Paving the front of this elegant English evening purse are clear sequins, each secured by a tiny black bead, and more black beads form a gorgeous flower-and-leaf design in high relief. Even the back has beading, for a total look of sheer luxury. The bag's shape is fascinating, too; its front panel lifts to reveal a deep pouch of heavy black satin, which recloses simply by folding over - a clever design that holds a *lot*. Unfolded, it measures about 9" x 9 1/2" and, folded, it's a sleek 5" x 9 1/2".

Although its condition is like new, its "EMPIRE MADE" label suggests significant age. While I'm not sure exactly when this designation was in use, it's been a while since England regarded itself as Imperial. Empires pretty much went "out" right after World War II. Foldover bags were very popular around 1950, too, so that adds up for dating. Provenance of this beauty is an antiques dealer near Cambridge in East Anglia.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1930 item #325036
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You couldn't dance the Charleston in slippers or high-heeled pumps -- no, ma'am; they'd fly right off your feet! That's why this style of footwear was favored by flapper girls of the 1920s. The heels were relatively low and straps across the instep kept them on, no matter how hard you kicked up your heels. Rediscovered as old store stock in the 1970s, these exquisitely made brown Mary Janes entered my personal collection then, along with several other pairs. I've worn them only a few times, so they're still practically pristine. Notice those wonderful engraved buckles, the fancy cutwork details and the inset accents of snakeskin or some other reptile. These are *soooo* jazzy!

Size is about a U.S. ladies' 5, so these are for you if you're a Cinderella with tiny feet. Of course they'd also be marvelous dress-up shoes for a girl; the equivalent child's size is 2 1/2 - 3 and the heels aren't too high for a special young lady.

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