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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1371710 (stock #TC564)
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During the Qing Dynasty, Chinese court gentlemen and ladies used elaborate hair styles. To assist in these construction of the "hairdo's", they used a wire form was covered with a mesh fabric. This particular "cap" was used to cover a bun of hair on the center of the head. The silver flat "hairpin" was used to hold the cap in place by pushing it through one side hole, between the hair bun and the scalp and through the other side hole. The inside of the cape clearly shows its age and use.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1930 item #1230849 (stock #T186)
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$250.00
This belt would have been worn for festival gatherings. Decorated with beads, cowrie shells and central turquoise medallion the belt strap is narrow approx 1.25 inched wide. Hanging from the belt are beaded strands in graduated lengths with each strand ending with a cowrie shell. There is a cord tie attached so that the belt can be tied at the back of the wearer. It is a lovely piece
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1029195 (stock #EMT133)
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This antique chinese hat would have been worn for festival by a Yi ethnic minority girl (woman) from the Honghe area. Worn for festival, the "cockssome cap" is elaborately decorated with faceted silver beads. Enlargement 5 shows cock hat as it would be worn. Hat comes with its own custom made stand.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1120358 (stock #TC379)
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According to traditional Chinese culture, shoes were considered to be a symbol of good luck, and shoes and a gift of token shoes would have been given as a sign of well wishing.

This tiny pair of wooden shoes are meticulously carved, with pierced work on both sides and the soles of each shoe...scarcely 2 inches long...excellant condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #696769 (stock #ZTC183)
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This pair of Chinese lotus shoes, aka bound feet shoes, have a soft golden color silk vamp. Each side of the shoes is embroidered with the same pattern, and uses satin stitch silk thread.

The embroidery pattern on these lotus shoes has always mystified me. There is a woman and an animal that is possibly intended to be a giraffe. I vaguely remember some bits of information. The Chinese first heard about the African giraffes from verbal and written descriptions. They were fascinated wit...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #770474 (stock #TC221)
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$395.00
This pair of boots were made for the child of a wealthy Han family of the late Qing dynasty. They were made from a pale peach colored silk fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin stitch. The color on lower part of the boots, especially on the outside, has faded to a soft golden color. This would be due to sun exposure during use as the upper part of the boots would be covered by the childs pant legs. Considering the pristine condition, this child was carried about and did ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1172069 (stock #ZTC397)
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Sourced from an old estate, this pair of lotus shoes came with a hand written tag/label sewn to the back of one heel and a red paper the shape of the inner sole place inside on of the shoes. The paper is at the point flaking and disintegrating and the writing is in old Chinese and no longer readable. Because of the "tag and label, I suspect that these shoes were presented as a "gift" to a Western missionary, teacher or friend. The shoes are in wonderful condition with the exception of the front...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1254744 (stock #J191)
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$195.00
This small Japanese case was most likely used for eyeglasses by a wealthy woman. The fine cloisonne work on both sides has slightly differed medallion patterns. Bird one one side butterfly on the other...There is s small sing (with lose on the bird side towards the edge...and the ding goes through to the inside of the case...piece is priced considering the damage...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #731115 (stock #M121)
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This Shui childs hat is very heavily and intricately embroidered using wrapped cotton thread. The base background blue and black fabric has a subtle pattern which takes extra care and attention while weaving on the loom. a series of silver ornamental "bubbles" further decorates the front lower border of the hat. Over 60 years old and in very good condition it will make a wonderful addition to any collection
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1015366 (stock #TC333)
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This charming pair of old Chinese lotus shoes were made from a sturdy cotton fabric and embroidered with cotton thread. The lack of silk matterials would indicate that the maker/wearer was probably from a less afluent family. The soles indicate are well worn but the vamps are in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #505974 (stock #ZTC105)
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A must have for any lotus shoe collector. This iron was used for pressing lotus shoes. The thin curved end was useful for getting into the toe area. Made of iron, it is somewhat rusty-i.e. pleasantly aged. Length tip to tip is 13"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1302337 (stock #J204)
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This fan has lovely paintings of water lilies on one side and daisys on the other. The paper shows wear on the edge of the folds and there is some paint loss on the bottom of the struts. Such wear is commensurate with age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1237951 (stock #TC522)
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Charming child's cotton collar from the Qing Dynasty, hand stitched with appliqued flower design. very good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1448928 (stock #ZTC)
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In China for centuries various civil officials showed their rank by the finial worn on their hat. The color of the central stone at the top of the metal finial indicated the rank of the wearer... Brass/gold was the lowest rank... The hats were further decorated with a long ring of red silk tassels attached between the finial and the hat... This antique court hat finial along with the circle of tassels is from the Qing dynasty the finial and the ring of tassels are displayed on top of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1183691 (stock #TC399)
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This traditional Chinese woman's headband was made and worn during the Qing Dynasty toward the end of the 19th century. It has an applique embroidered butterfly on each end and a large full kingfisher feathered medallion in the center. The lotus shaped kingfisher is 4 inches x 2 inches. The entire headband in 16 inches in length.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #514064 (stock #M112)
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$225.00
This is a wonderful Qing Dynasty child's hat from Shui minority group in the Rong Jiang area. It is traditional looking Chinese cap style made with silk fabric and silk split thread embroidery, and top knot. This hat is over 100 years old, and has wonderfully soft patina, and shows some wear. Truely charming
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #992641 (stock #T120)
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Tibetan woman wore their hair in long braids which were slipped into elaborately embroidered textile sleeves for festivals.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #819464 (stock #J128)
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$95.00
These geta (shoes) were worn by a girl or young Japanese woman. Build up from several layers of materials, the felted soles have slits to allow access for the changing of thongs should they become soiled or worn. Small pieces of leather nailed are the heels. The upper fabric liner is made from two pieces of contrasting fabric sewn together and show a small amount of dirt and an almost imperceivable foot imprint about the toe area. Presumably this pair would have been reserved for inside hous...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #862827 (stock #TC254)
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$147.00
According to the writing on the back, this small embroidered pencil holder in was made in 1897 by a Mrs Lee for M.J. Thomas who was a member of the Chinese Chicago Mission group. The embroidery stitches are tiny and some of the threads are frayed but it is a warm memento of friendship and an artifact from another era in relations between China and the US.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #1012290 (stock #T151)
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$650.00
Originally part of a full sized Tibetan adult costume, this piece was cut down to complete a childs festival costume. Decorated with turquoise, coins, tassels and silver ornaments, this type of textile accessory would often be attached to the elaborate headdress or hat and drape down the back to complete the wearers costume. The Tibetan people are not wastefull and items of festival garments in any condition are hard to acquire. I have had it hanging on my wall for a number of years. Today, ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #755863 (stock #EMT126)
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$350.00
This brightly colored child's hat is Dong ethnic minority. The front is decorated with 9 silver Buddha ornaments and lots of intricate embroidery. Tassels and pompoms decorate the sides and silver bells with fish ornaments across the back protect the child from the approach of evil spirits.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1060014 (stock #EMT135)
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$195.00
This pair of traditional short boots were made and worn by the Miao women of Anshun. They are in very good condition but the upper boot areas have some soiling and the soles show signs of wear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #642188 (stock #TC160)
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$225.00
This charming old Chinese headband was handmade for a small child sometime in the late Qing dynasty. It is one of the nicest animal headbands that I have seen, and it is in good condition. The cat's face would have been worn at the child's forehead and is 3 dimensional. Made with silk fabric, with silk thread for the elaborately embroidery, the face is complete with ears that flap, and side paws. Opened at the back seam for easy framing, it can easily be re-sewn to fit display stand.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1406520 (stock #TC579)
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$395.00
Antique Chinese silk satin stitch embroidery with Embroidered with hanging tassels and ornaments everywhere...This was a hat for the bride...out of my private collection...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #627886 (stock #TC154)
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$125.00
Each band of this pair of very fine silk embroideries have 2 sets mirror images: one set of floral motif and the other set of a couple celebrating. Both sets use satin stitch, french knot (aka forbidden stitch) and couching embroidery techniques. The embroideries are on a background fabric of fine patterned silk which measures 6" by 15". The floral embroidery is 1.5 x 2" and the couple embroidery is 1.5 x 5". Because of the sizes of the fabric and the sizes and arrangement of the embroiderie...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #627561 (stock #TC153)
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$95.00
This is a pair of old chinese handmade boots which were brought back to the US by an American missionary. In China, it was a woman's responsibility to make shoes for the entire family. This pair was made of cotton fabric, using traditional Chinese techniques. Being slightly padded, they were probably for winter use. They are in excellent condition...an authentic and interesting artifact of old China.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1080134 (stock #T166)
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This traditional small leather purse would have been used as an ornament and hung from a belt by a Tibetan woman during festival. It is heavily decorated with silver metal, turquoise and coral beads. This is an old one and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #871813 (stock #TC258)
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$240.00
This Chinese lady's purse was made with silk satin fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin embroidery stitch. The edges are bound with carefully aligned silk threads. Each side opens to a separate storage compartment and there is a third compartment which is accessed from the top of the purse.

Made and used during the late Qing Dynasty, the quality of the materials and workmanship clearly show that this purse was used by a woman of means. Unfortunately, this use has left...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #597229 (stock #Oc102)
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$250.00
This traditional antique basket purse was made and used by the men of the tiny island of Balika,Indonesia. The patina shows both the age and the wear pattern. This is one of a pair of "old purses" which were brought back to the US by an Anthropology intern who spent a summer studying and documenting the lives of the islanders in 1980. The condition is very good and the piece measures 16" high by 12" wide and 4"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #806461 (stock #TC236)
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A properly dressed Chinese woman would wear a pair of leggings that would cover her foot bindings from her lower leg to the top of her lotus shoes. The leggings would be tied into place with a hand woven sash made specifically for that purpose. These lotus shoe accessories are now rare and very hard to find.

This pair of silk sashes were were woven with a floral pattern using 2 colors of brightly contrasting threads. The long warp end threads are braided into tassels. This pair is in excelle...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1940 item #1230855 (stock #TC516)
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$125.00
This Chinese hair comb was hand carved from a beautifully "grained" translucent animal horn. Obtained from an ethnic minority person, the pair of ducks carved into the handle were commonly used by mainstream Han Chinese as a symbol of a long and happy marriage. Items with this symbol would often be gifted for an anniversary.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1060669 (stock #TC341)
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$95.00
This pair of earmuffs are kept together with a silk ribbon. Worn to protect the ears in winter, the outer side has delicate embroidered flower motif, and the inside is slightly padded and has ear pockets which slip of the ears.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1067673 (stock #EMT136)
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The variety and types of embroidery stitches on this antique Chinese hat are old typically Miao minority. Probably done by dotting grandmother. The silver ornaments, the butterfly, the bubbles are symbolic of the Miao myth regarding the birth of the human race. The hat shows some dirt but is otherwise in good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125219 (stock #TC382)
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Toward the late Qing and early Republic periods, footbinding in urban centers became less common. But women were still concerned with fashionable footwear. This pair of beaded strips are actually shoes parts which would have been sewn with other matching beaded fabric parts to form a pair of beaded shoes
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #557328 (stock #TC122)
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$250.00
This wonderful pair of lotus shoes are typical of boots from Shandong. They have a black cuff with hand-embroidered butterfly motif and the remanents of a thin pink woven band. The blue vamp is somewhat faded toward the front of the boot and has delicately embroidered butterfly on each side. The soles have worn leather heels. The inside silk lining is bright pink and in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1094526 (stock #TC368)
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$225.00
This antique pair of Chinese lotus shoes were worn by a woman in He Bei Province during the end of the 1800's. Small bits of Leather are nailed to the heals because the women of that time liked the sound of the heal hitting the floor as they walked. A delicate floral motif was carefully embroidered to both sides of each shoe.

there are no rips and no tears but clearly these shoes were worn numerous times.