Wednesday 11 April 2018

New Developments!

The Antique Linen Cupboard is now open on Ruby Lane. For those not familiar with the Ruby Lane site it is described as the world’s largest curated marketplace for antiques, vintage collectables, vintage fashion, fine art and jewellery.  All items have to be described correctly, antique items must be over 100 years old and most items have to be 20 years older or more. It is not an auction site but most of the sellers encourage buyers to make an offer on items. Over the coming weeks I will be building up the stock that I have for sale on Ruby Lane. Those items that did not sell at auction on eBay will be available on Ruby Lane. As Ruby Lane does not charge % fee on sales, items will be priced lower than on eBay.

It is much easier to ask questions about an item, exchange email and telephone details and, most importantly, buy several items and have combined shipping on your order.

A new Facebook page has also been developed to complement this new venture -

Friday 8 April 2016

Vintage weddings, gowns, linens and monograms.

 I know that Spring is a traditional time for weddings but at the moment most of my conversations with friends and family seem to involve a wedding....friends discussing and planning their daughter's weddings and my daughters discussing their friend's weddings! So when I came across some wedding dresses at auction, I snapped them up. The first two were from the same house and date to a similar era - the 20's - 30's. very Downton Abbey. Cut on the bias and very stylish.  Also very small!  The bride to be will need to be a size 6 or 8.  The others two that I have are from the 50's and again very much of their era - classically elegant in damask brocade satin.

 Gown above has sequins and metallic embroidery to the bodice with built in train
 This gown also has a built in train with a more simple ruched decoration to the bodice.

This is one of the 50's dresses - shawl collar
wth lots of button detailing and pointed sleeves so typical of the 50's.
I have also had a couple of requests about napkins with monograms for a wedding. I usually have at least one monogrammed item for sale but these requests were for single napkins with the initials of the bride and groom. One buyer wanted to use one at the cutting of cake and the other wanted one to make a ring cushion. Traditionally, of course, monograms represent the first and/or the last names of the owner but double monograms would work well to represent the first names of a couple. So I this week I have hunted out all my single and pairs of double monogram napkins and listed them on eBay.  

So if you are considering a special something for your wedding ceremony then check out the monograms to see if they are the initials you need. 

                                      Jessica and Gary, or maybe John and Georgina

Joe and Victoria,   Joanne and Vince  (this monogram can also be read upside down - see below it becomes "A.F")

                                           Abby and Frank,    Aiden and Fiona
                                                     Ben and Laura, or Beth and Lee
                                        Susie and Graham, or      Steve and Georgia
   This could be "B.F." or "R.F." so could be for   Rebecca and Fraser or  Ryan and Faith

                                          Sasha and David or Simon and Danielle

Bianca and James,  Brian and Julia

Michael and Debbie or Maddie and Dale

                                       Abigail and Michael, or Aaron and Mairead

Georgia and Chris,  or George and Caroline

All items currently (April 2016)  for sale on Ebay 

Friday 5 February 2016

Lots of new gorgeous linens, embroidery ..and the ones that got away!

The end of January saw the first Antique and Vintage Textiles auction of 2016 at Tennants in Yorkshire. The usual fabulous array of quilts, costume, household linens and more luxurious accessories.  I go to buy the linens and embroidered items that I like to sell but always take a look at the costume and have the thought that if only I had somewhere to wear such stunning pieces I could be seriously tempted!  The evening stole and the lame evening coat below are perfect examples of this..

White ermine fur with black velvet trim.

Circa 1930's lame evening coat with fur collar

 Embroidered vintage shawl

The other interesting items included Chinese costume  (sold for £1000)
 And a very old unusual paisley wool shawl

This was estimated in the catalogue at £200-300 but eventually sold for £1300!

The Biba tapestry coat from the late 60's was also very stylish and sold for double it's estimate

I was very happy with the items that I did buy however.  Lots of superb quality Irish linen sheets and pillowcases with hand embroidery and monograms.  Some are shown below and are currently selling on eBay.  Lots more to come!

In one lot was an exquisitely embroidered white Irish linen tablecloth with Chinese figures, florals and motifs.  The embroidery work is superb - this one is attracting lots of bidders on eBay already.

Saturday 23 January 2016

2016 already! Scottish wool fabrics..tweeds, checks and tartans.

I have only attended one auction so far this year but it yielded an interesting hoard of  unused vintage Scottish wool fabrics - tartans, tweeds and checks.  All from the same household and from a number of different woollen mills all in Scotland and the Borders. Currently (January 2016) for sale on eBay at very reasonable prices but hurry as I don't expect that they will be there for long!

Wool fabrics are becoming increasingly more expensive and more fashionable for upholstery as well as clothing.  I have used some pieces to make cushions for myself and I am quite tempted by one of the fabrics to re-upholster a large footstool that I have - see the last photo for how it may look

Lovely muted heathery russet tones. 

The green based tartan is believed to be Farquharson Modern but  have been unable to identify the other tartans.  They too would give a great contemporary classic look as cushions or stools

 There is enough fabric in this bolt of grey and white pinstripe to upholster an armchair (or make a couple of suits!)

This is the fabric that I am contemplating using to upholster my large footstool (below) 

Friday 9 October 2015

Last week tablecloths, this week.........

So the last couple of weeks have seen my huge stash of square white linen tablecloths diminished (slightly!)...I do still have boxes of them so if anyone has a particular size or design in mind drop me a line. This week it's time for pillowcases and once again I do have literally hundreds. Some are "everyday use" cotton ones with embroidery or lace decoration and some are more special; cool crisp Irish linen with lace Oxford borders and hand embroidery, monograms and ladderwork decoration....possibly too nice to sleep on but they do dress up a bed or bedroom chair beautifully.  Take a look at some of the sale items below

Thursday 24 September 2015


I have neglected this blog for a long time! Too busy selling linens and just getting on with life!  But I am now having a big stock clearance in order to make way for new (to me) linens and other textiles that I plan to buy in the next two months ready for Xmas.

I have hundreds (literally) of Victorian tablecloths so I am listing only a fraction of them this week at a very low start price - they do need washing but would make great presents...or just use one yourself. Small selection of what is on offer shown below - all starting at £1