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Rare Mayor's Deco Mesh Purse Mint in Case c 1920

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Accessories: Pre 1930   item# 1274488

Rare Mayor's Deco Mesh Purse Mint in Case c 1920
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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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1980s Ruffled Red Eve Dress w Beaded Butterfly Bodice

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Apparel: Pre 1990   item# 1274469

1980s Ruffled Red Eve Dress w Beaded Butterfly Bodice
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If you crave that bold, sexy '80s look, why not wear the real thing, rather than a new-yesterday knockoff? Vividly scarlet, this "Dynasty" era dazzler has an elegantly draped peplum overskirt and a ruched front bodice ornamented with a transparent Art Nouveau butterfly that's loaded with white pearls, red sequins and bugle beads. Ruffles supported by an underlay of red petticoat net appear both fore and after and the skirt is slit, so you can walk and dance easily. The low-cut back closes with a short zipper. Length is just below the knee.

The label of this gorgeous gown identifies it as a California-made creation "For David Howard" from the "Climax" line by Karen Okada. The fabric is acetate that feels like satin taffeta: rich and slightly crispy. No size label is present, but the dress looks like it would fit most small women (sizes 2, 4 and probably 6). Its only point of close fit is the waistline, which measures 26 inches. Condition is so good that it can't have been worn much.

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1980s Beaded Silk Cocktail Gown by Di's Designer Hachi

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Apparel: Pre 1990   item# 1227575

1980s Beaded Silk Cocktail Gown by Di's Designer Hachi
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$135, reduced from $195.
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The Hachi name, as you may remember, is closely associated with the late Princess Diana. A beaded evening gown created for her by the Japanese designer took top price (more than $70,000) at the personal apparel auction she was organizing at the time of her death. She wore that dress often between 1983 and 1989. This said, any beaded dress by Hachi is of more than idle interest -- and ours happens to have the very same beaded sunburst pattern that features on Diana's gown at shoulder and hip. (Run a search for "The Hachi Dress" to see what I mean; there's even a Princess Di doll in that fabulous dress.)

Our elegant example of Hachi's artistry surely dates from the same period as Diana's. It's a sleek 48-inch column of silk crepe with a diagonally cut dropped waist. Within the center of the neck, there's a fabric-covered weight to ensure that it drapes properly -- lovely detail, but the loveliest is of course the giant beaded sunburst that extends for more than a foot over the right shoulder.

There's no size tag, which leads me to believe the dress was custom-made. Its bust measures 34 inches, narrowing to a waist-skimming 28 inches and flaring to more than 40 at the hip, because of the gathers. Outer sleeve length is 22. Sizing should work for most small women (US 2, 4 and possibly 6), but do please check your measurements to be certain. There's no lining, since this is a fabric you want to flow very smoothly. The spicy color sizzles somewhere between cinnamon and clove.

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Sexiest Vintage 1980s Cowgirl Boots by Wild Pair Sz 5

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Accessories: Pre 1990   item# 1227510

Sexiest Vintage 1980s Cowgirl Boots by Wild Pair Sz 5
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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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Lovely Vintage White Mink Hat for Teen or Petite Lady

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Accessories: Pre 1970   item# 1037871

Lovely Vintage White Mink Hat for Teen or Petite Lady
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Most likely from the 1950s or early 1960s, this fluffy white chapeau is in pristine condition. Even its lining is beautiful, made of luxurious black fabric that's ridged like grosgrain ribbon.

Size is on the small side. I can get it on, but not down as far as it really should go. My forehead is 22.5 inches around and the maximum it would fit properly is about 21.5 inches. Assuming the fit is right for your purposes, this is a marvelous bargain.

Although many of us wouldn't buy new furs now, to avoid encouraging the trade, making use of vintage furs strikes me as both ethical and sensible. If you agree, please run a search for "fur" and see the two pretty collars we have in stock, also at great prices.

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Glittery Vintage Tropical Fish Tunic Fits All MINT

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Apparel: Pre 1990   item# 663485

Glittery Vintage Tropical Fish Tunic Fits All MINT
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Looking like it's never been worn even once, this exotic vintage purple tunic would be a fabulous beach coverup -- or a top to wear with jeans and shorts, if you're a bit daring. It's lavished with fish in golden glitter, finished with gold and green beads tied into points at the knees and patterned with loads of sexy peek-a-boo slashes.

The "deconstructed" look makes me date this treasure to the late 1980s or early 1990s. Along with the two huge fish, a graceful undersea plant and the word "Bahamas" also appear in glitter. The tag (so crisp it's like new) reads: ARAWAK T Neely's of Nassau in the Bahamas 100% Cotton XLong. Total length is about 31 inches. Sleeves are raglan-style, finished in points with knots. The cotton knit is good and thick, with a rich, high-quality feel. This must have been expensive originally. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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1980s Vintage Designer Coral Organza Wrap Top

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Apparel: Pre 1990   item# 627304

1980s Vintage Designer Coral Organza Wrap Top
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$45, with free U.S. shipping & gift-wrap if desired. 

By Fenn Wright & Manson, one of England's leaders in special occasion fashions since the 1970s, this dreamy see-through jacket of coral organza combines a look of pure romance with all the proper details. Notice the shapely seaming, graceful lapels and double cuffs with shimmering faux-moonstone buttons in a slightly lighter shade of melon.

Sheer jackets of this type, tied on with enormous bows, were style essentials in Europe during the late 1980s and very early 1990s. (I'm not sure if they were also worn in the U.S., since I wasn't here then.) They're fabulous over slip dresses and a wonderful way of fluffing up just about any outfit for an evening event or a daytime gala like a wedding. In the latter case, they can give you decent cover for the ceremony, allowing you to wear something that might otherwise be a little too bare until the reception.

Size is marked small, but obviously this shape is highly adaptable. I'd say it could be worn by anyone from size 1-2 up to about a size 9-10. Condition of the wrap is fabulous -- it can't have been worn much -- and its provenance is an English estate. New party tops and wraps by FW&M sell in the $150 - $200 range, by the way.

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THE WINNING WOMAN Set of 3 Motivational Tapes

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Entertainment: Pre 2000   item# 627236

THE WINNING WOMAN Set of 3 Motivational Tapes
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Sometimes we can all use a little inspiration and this set of three audio cassettes supplies six hours' worth! (Each tape runs 120 minutes.) Produced by Nightingale-Conant Corporation, the masters of motivation, the series titles are "Career Success: Managing Your Way to the Top", "Raising Your Self-Esteem: Feeling Good About You" and "Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress". Copyright date is 1991. Evidently these are fairly rare, since my searches online turned up reference only to a few library copies. The cases show their age a bit, but are still serviceable, and the tapes are in great playable condition. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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2 Pair Swanky Retro Vintage Gloves Small

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Accessories: Pre 1950   item# 623550

2 Pair Swanky Retro Vintage Gloves Small
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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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1980s European Gold Sequin Stretch Tube Top Mint

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1990   item# 619597

1980s European Gold Sequin Stretch Tube Top Mint
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This dazzling strapless evening top lavished with large gold sequins is by designer Gina Bacconi, under her "Creazioni Originali" label. She now creates elegant party, evening and special occasion fashions for Shubette of London and her collection is sold in upscale shops throughout Europe.

Underneath the glitz, there's smocked gold fabic with a powerful stretch and beautiful lace loops are provided for hanging. The tag calls this a U.S. 8 (U.K. 10), but it's really more for a U.S. size 2 to 6. It's about 12 inches long and, unstretched, measures 22 inches at the bust and 20 inches at the waist. Stretched to the max, it will fit about a 34-35 inch bust and 29-30 inch waist. The prior owner acquired it in London during the 1980s and wore it only once, so it's like new.

With metallics being so trendy today -- as well as 1980s-inspired fashions -- you couldn't own anything more stylish. It would be a fabulous way to dress up a suit.

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