Thursday, 17 September 2009

Linens from a Northumberland house

Another busy day today buying some very nice linen. I will be sorting and listing on eBay over the next month - lots of Irish linen damask tablecloths and a large number of sets of Irish linen damask napkins - at least two sets of twelve which is quite rare.

All of this linen had been stored away in very good condition which always makes it easier - much less specialist cleaning.

Monogrammed linens are also very sought after now and I came across a number of mongrammed towels and pillowcases with an embroidered "B".

Much of this linen has come from a large country house in Northumberland called Milbourne Hall .  The house obviously had a large dining table as I have acquired at least two damask cloths over 14 feet long!  I wonder about the type of occasion they were used at and what the conversations were about!    

Some of the napkins have never been used and were still in the original tissue paper


Val said...

Great pics - and a great house! Just imagine the parties.....

Lily said...

The napkins look great - a set of 12 would costs a fortune now! And I think the quality of the old linens is so much better than anything that you can buy today.

victoria said...

Hi there, this is so interesting as Milbourne Hall ws my grandmother Barbara's chilhood home. She must be the "B" and I remember my mother taliking about the vast linen cupboard. How did you come about it and do you have any left to sell? Thanks, Victoria