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This is an antique Toran or door hanging from Saurashtra in Gujarat south of Kutch in India. Traditionally this was hung over the door of the most important room in the house. It is made of cotton, and embroidered in floss silk and mirror work. It is oblong in shape and has seven hanging panels, which are all embroidered finely in different designs, some in mirror work and others with intricate embroidered patterns. Stitches used include satin stitch, herringbone, and chain stitch. It measures 113 cms x 69 cms. ( 44.5 x 27 ins.) and originally had three hanging loops on the top edge. Only one remains (I have attached temporary green loops for display). There is some wear and missing stitches in the main panel and a few of the mirror circles are also missing. The hanging panels are in good condition, all different and good examples of this type. Although worn, this is a good example of a very traditional embroidery which is less seen these days. Reference: “Indian Embroidery" by Rosemary Crill.

ID Code as201a315

Price £82    €91.16    $107.66


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Antique Indian Door Hanging/Toran, embroidered
This is a very decorative thimble, made probably in Afghanistan or Turkey in the late 19th Century and decorated all over with a raised design of small knobs within wire scallops. It is in excellent condition and there are no holes or dents, and it is set with three red “stones”. It measures just 3/4 inch high.( 2 cms.) and is most probably made of silver but there are no marks, which is quite usual. An interesting and unusual piece. Reference: The Collector's Guide to Thimbles, by Bridget McConnel.

ID Code as201a314

Price £20    €22.23    $26.26


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Antique Afghan Silver Thimble, embossed, red stone
These is an interesting example of a vintage advertising thimble, in a white metal, which is probably aluminium. The thimble which has a blue band at the base, reads “Eat Bermaline Bread” and the internal diameter is 1.5 cms. It is in good condition, of practical use, or a welcome addition to a thimble collection.

ID Code as201a313

Price £10    €11.12    $13.13


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Vintage Advertising Thimble, "Bermaline Bread"
This is a most unusual Victorian bodice in a cotton print which has a very modern look about it. The bodice is made from an attractive navy blue and white print in an abstract design, with sleeves of machine lace, lined with satin. The yoke and stand up collar are made of the same lace and satin and the shape of the collar is marked with three lines of black velvet ribbon which also is used on the sleeves. The bodice fastens asymmetrically with a draped panel with hooks and eyes to one side and underneath the basic bodice fastens centrally with hooks and eyes. The bodice is also trimmed with wider velvet ribbon, two pieces on each shoulder, with small cut steel buckles. The bodice is fully boned and has a waist tie fastened with hooks and eyes. The measurements (measured flat) are are follows: Bust: 32 inches Waist: 22 inches Sleeve length shoulder to hem: 24 1/4 inches Front length shoulder to hem: 19 inches The bodice is a small size, in fact I have no dress form small enough to display it and had to drape it on a larger one. There is some wear to the chiffon which lines the stand up collar and there is a small coloured stain on the front of the draped section of the bodice, which can be seen in the photographs. Otherwise it is in very good condition for its age and is wearable with care or as a template for creating a modern reproduction.

ID Code as201a312

Price £78    €86.71    $102.41


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Victorian Bodice in Cotton and Velvet, late 19th C
This is a dainty Victorian veil or flounce in Honiton lace, decorated on three sides with typical good quality motifs. The three sides are edged with a continuous design of semi-circular flowers and small sprays. The front of the veil is decorated with the same flowers very finely worked with additional floral sprays and small sprigs. The corners each have a much larger floral spray. The veil is cream in colour, but I have not laundered it and I think the colour would lighten if it were to be washed. It measures 82 inches ( 207 cms.) long and 34 inches (87 cms.) deep. There are a few delicate repairs which can be seen in the photographs, but it is in good condition and would make a most attractive and dainty wedding veil or a welcome addition to a collection or period costume.

ID Code as201a311

Price £85    €94.49    $111.60

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Antique Honiton Lace Veil / Flounce, 19th Century
This is a set of four antique handles for a chest of drawers or bureau, in Gothic style, made of brass which at one time was gilded, in an attractive design. Each handle has three holes for screws on each fixing plate. They are quite heavy and of a robust design and in good condition. They measure 5 inches wide including the fixing plate and would be an authentic addition to a piece of furniture of the period.

ID Code as201a310

Price £28    €31.13    $36.76


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Antique Set of Four Gothic Handles for Chest,19thC
This is an excellent example of an inlaid sewing box of the Victorian era, inlaid with many different varieties of wood, which originates from the Portuguese island of Madeira and has a pleasing design of an anchor and an eagle holding a banner reading "forget me not". This is surrounded by stylised flowers in a star shape. The edge is bordered in a chevron pattern of different woods. The sides and back of the box are decorated with stringing and a fine chevron strip which is typical of this work. It was probably made for the British visitors during the mid-19th Century. The dimensions are as follows: Length: 12.5 ins/32 cms. Width: 8.5 ins./21.75 cms., Height: 4 ins./10cms. It is fitted with a lift out tray which has lidded compartments and two small velvet pincushions and there is a storage space beneath the tray. The lock is present but there is no key. It has been sympathetically restored and bears a few marks commensurate with age but it is in very good condition. This is a beautiful box and a rare example of its type. A must for collectors!

ID Code as201a309

Price £365    €405.77    $479.21


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Victorian Madeira Work Jewellery/Sewing Box c1860
This is an early 20th Century hardback copy of the classic Encyclopaedia of Needlework by Th. de Dillmont, published in France by Mullhouse. It is one of the most comprehensive works published and covers articles on Plain Sewing, Mending, Embroidery on White Stuff, Embroidery on Linen, Silk and Velvet, Gold Embroidery, Macrame, Needle Made Laces and many others. It is in excellent condition with gold to the top edges, the only fault being slight yellowing of the edges of the pages. The photographs give only a limited view of the many line drawings, charts, photos and diagrams. The book measures 14 cms. long by 10 cms. wide by 3.5 cms. deep. It is still a wonderful reference book despite its age, a real asset for the crafts person or for an embroidery collection.

ID Code as201a308

14 x 10 x 3.5 cms.

Price £44    €48.91    $57.77


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Encyclopedia of Needlework by Th. de Dillmont
This is an antique rare example of steel scissors with folding blades in the handles which are faced with mother of pearl and indented along the edges. There is also a spring in between the handles. The knives of just over and inch long, open up completely, The scissors measure 3 1/4 inches long. There is some rust present on the blades and the tip of one of the blades and one of the points of the scissors are missing. This is an interesting pair of scissors, for what purpose I am not sure but perhaps they were for sewing or drizzling, a very fashionable occupation in the early 19th Century when gold braid and threads was removed from clothing and even embroidery for reuse in other ways.

ID Code as201a307

Price £52    €57.81    $68.27


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Antique Pair of Scissors with blades in handles
This is length of Vintage lingerie fabric Crepe de Chine, in a delicate pink shade. I have several of these in stock and believe them to date from the 1930s and 1940s as one of them has the Utility mark. This length is unmarked. I believe it to be rayon. The fabric is 3 yds 2 inches (2.88 m) in length and 36 inches (91 cms) wide. There is loose thread on the length which I have indicated with a marker thread on the selvedge. It is unused and in good condition, drapes beautifully and would be suitable for lingerie, dresses, dance and theatrical costume.

ID Code as201a306

Price £19    €21.12    $24.95


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Vintage Lingerie Fabric, delicate pink. 1930/40s
This is a very well preserved example of a Straw Work Case which dates from the early part of the 19th Century. These are often described as Napoleonic, and made by French prisoners of war, but they were also produced by others as well. The colours are excellent and the condition is very good with very little loss of straw. It is decorated in traditional geometric style in very dark blue and the natural straw colour and other colours are introduced at the ends (green) and inside - dark red, green, magenta and purple. The inside is also decorated with a small chequer board design inside at one end and striped at the other. It measures 10 cms. long, 6 cms. wide and 3 cms. deep. The case is in two sections which slide together in quite a tight fit. It may have been for cigars or needlework tools. There are some tiny chips of straw missing at the edges of the two sections but this seems to be all of the damage. This is a good collector’s item in better condition than that usually found.

ID Code as201a305

10 x 6 x 3 cms.

Price £125    €138.96    $164.11


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Antique Straw Work Case, early 19th Century
This is an attractive antique lady’s bonnet in embroidered white cotton. It has a bobbin lace frill round the brim in a design of shamrock and roses and the main part of the bonnet is made of cotton fabric embroidered with tiny finely embroidered flowers and a central circle of needlepoint embroidery. The crown is gathered at the base and has a frill round the back of the neck with rows of pin tucks and trimmed with narrow lace. There are some very minor faults: a few very small gaps where the neck frill is attached to the bonnet. It is hand sewn and is in good condition, very dainty and wearable for a period enactment, theatre or costume occasion.

ID Code as201a304

Price £44    €48.91    $57.77


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Antique Victorian Bonnet, embroidered cotton
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