CIRCA 1940's, LUMINOUS LADIES SILK PEIGNOIR W/ALENCON LACE. This is such a glorious example ! The luminous tapered silk satin gown has a wide border of shaped Alencon lace and the most wonderful silk covered buttons down the front of the gown. Measuring approx.17" across chest, approx.14" across chest line,and 17-18" across hipline. It measures approx. 55-56" down the front and much longer at the back.All measurements approximate! This gown seems as if it was never worn..or if worn, only rarely. There are some tiny scattered pinpoint spots near the bottom, perhaps a few very very light water marks and some creasing in the silk.Overall it presents itself beautifully and as said seems really as if it was never used so I assume any problems were from storage. The gown is quite exquisite and would grace any very good collection of vintage lingerie.It is quite simply... beautiful!
CIRCA 1880-1900,EXQUISITE VOLUMINOUS TAMBOUR LACE SKIRT. This wonderful Belle Epoque era Tambour lace skirt is quite stunning! it has a beautiful design and the workmanship is meticulous.This might have originally been part of a dress as the waistband is unfinished.The skirt is lined with a medium weight cream silk taffeta which is covered with a fine silk chiffon with triple ruching at the bottom to give volume. It also has a 18-20" net flounce under the bottom part of the lace. All these layers were made to give it the wonderful voluminous look.The skirt measures approx.24-25" around waistline, The front measures approx. 42-43" and the long tapered back approx. 57-60". Once the waistband is finished off, one can wear as a dramatic evening outfit or it is perfect for a wedding dress . The skirt is in quite amazing condition the silk at waistband has a small tear, but that is probably where it was cut down form the bodice, there might be a few small minor issues but the lace skirt is strong and in very good condition. If one would like more pictures of the inside layers please just email me.
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EXQUISITE NEEDLELACE PLACEMAT SET W/CASTLES,HENRY THE lV HUNTING LODGE ETC. It is so rare to find sets like these! During the 1800's-1900's many wealthy couples embarked on their "Grand Tour" through Europe buying beautiful gowns, lace and purchasing linens and textiles and other antiques from the different countries in Europe.This set was commissioned by a wealthy American from the lacemakers in Europe. The table runner has historical lodges and castles and is ornate with large oval vignettes on each end.The designs have "Henry lV Hunting Lodge on one end and a image of Villebon Castle on the other.. There are florid meandering vines and florals through the entire table runner and placemats.The placemats have images depicting "Chillon Castle, Queen Blanch Castle, Mary Leszcynska Castle < The Queen of France in the 1700's> and the Chateau Maintenon ,and Villebon Castle. In very good unused strong condition , a couple of tiny minor openings from storage. The set has it's original cream patina. the set was commissioned by a very wealthy American Industrialist during the late 1800's-early 1900's.A beautiful set for the serious collector of lace and linens.
Item # 1290
CIRCA 19THC.VENETIAN ROSE POINT LACE FAN. A rare 19THC. Point de Venise lace fan with Mother of Pearl sticks. Measuring approx.12" long. It is rare to fine this type of lace on a fan.The lace is in good strong condition, one missing stick, some of the sticks at the back need to be glued together, there are a couple of marks on the sticks and a repair on guardstick.This fan was displayed in a glass fan box but we had to remove for shipping.So ideal as a display once corrected, or a fan expert could put the lace on different fan sticks.
Item # AL1289
CIRCA 1700's,FINE RARE LAWN HANDKERCHIEF W/CLASSICAL THEME. This very beautiful handkerchief is made with the finest lawn, gossamer and ethereal in texture . I believe this might be a gentlemen's handkerchief. Certainly a lovers handkerchief as there are four beautiful whitework images with themes of love. There is a image of the Goddess "Speranza" The goddess of "Hope"she is in classical dress with a cherubim near her. She holds a flower and sits in a garden with wheat sheaves on the ground. In one corner there is a bow and arrow. Another image is of the Goddess "Constanza" which means "Constancy". She sits on a ornate bench holding a flaming sword and has her arm around a column. Another image is of "Venere e Marte" which is the goddess "Venus" and "Mars". He is dressed in Roman attire with a sword and spear and she cleaves to him , there are two lovebirds in the design.. The last image "Amore E Fedeli?" meaning perhaps courtly love? faithfulness?. Dante eventually wrote about this and it certainly makes interesting reading on the net. The image could be Psyche and Eros.. I am not sure. There is a dog , a bow and arrow and the goddess holds a mirror or key?. In all, a wonderful rare handkerchief. Measuring approx. 28". In mainly very good strong condition, there is a small hole and a few pinprick openings and a small stain but overall in very good strong condition.I can send more pictures if one desires. It is interesting for me as I sold this handkerchief over 30 years ago, so it has made it's way back to me. It is one of the earliest handkerchiefs and such a delight to have acquired it again.
CIRCA 1800's,SUPERB LAWN HANDKERCHIEF W/WHITEWORK,VALENCIENNE LACE.A beautiful fine lawn handkerchief with whitework embroidery and Valencienne lace.The design has a heraldic lion all around the edge of the lawn.The lion in heraldry symbolizes Courage,Royalty,Nobility and Valour and is known as "the King of Beasts" and is found in the Royal Coat of Arms of England, and in heraldry in France and other countries. Measuring approx.15" across. In very good strong condition, a tiny spot, a few small wear areas between lions.I consider this minor considering the elaborate amount of work. This probably happened due to storage. In good strong condition. A lovely item for the handkerchief collector.