As they correspond to a UK size 10 -12 they are still very wearable by women today unlike many of the Victorian clothes which tend to be too small. They are also quite long, again an advantage over older antique clothing. The nightgown and robe are 59" long
Friday, 16 October 2009
This is a nightdress and dressing robe dating to the 1940's in pink crepe de chine silk and Mechlin lace. I have just bought all these items and more from an auction in Newcastle
Posted by antique linen cupboard at 10:01
Sunday, 4 October 2009
These monograms were on some linens - cushions, pillowcases and linen sheets - that I bought at an auction in North Yorkshire from a large house in Harrogate. As there are more than one combination of initials I think that it can be assumed that the family also inherited linens from the maternal side of the family
Posted by antique linen cupboard at 09:29
Friday, 2 October 2009
I bought this beautiful hand embroidery panel at auction recently. It had been used as a firescreen and then as a picture but the glass is missing. A friend of mine tried very hard to try to make it fit into her house as she liked the design so much but with no success.
So now I have to decide whether to have it re-mounted and glazed and use it as a picture or maybe it would make a very special cushion.
The needlework is excellent - it is hard to believe that this high level of skill was commonplace at one time and that all girls learnt to sew and embroider
I have several cushions - some tapestry but most hand embroidery - placed around my house. I am always drawn to the Tree of Life designs that were very common in the 1940's - 50's. These kind of decorative cushions can be better than pictures in a room as they can be moved around to add accent of colour and they have a practical purpose too.
I sell a lot of these type of cushions in the weeks leading up to Xmas. Many are bought as gifts but I think that often my customers decide to keep one for themselves too!
Posted by antique linen cupboard at 07:39