Rare Reversible Printed Silk Shawl c 1860

Rare Reversible Printed Silk Shawl
c 1860

Rare Bergere Straw Hat  c 1780

Rare Bergere Straw Hat
c 1780

 JC or JG initalled shawl 1860s

JC or JG initalled shawl
1860s

French? Stole Early 19th c

French? Stole
Early 19th c

Pistachio Square Shawl 1850s

Pistachio Square Shawl
1850s

RARE Table Carpet Stuart Period late 16th/early 17th c

RARE Table Carpet
Stuart Period late 16th/early 17th c

Large Embroidered Hanging Late 17th c

Large Embroidered Hanging
Late 17th c

Pair of European Market, Chinese Hangings 1920s

Pair of European Market, Chinese Hangings
1920s

 John Piper's Arundel  1960

John Piper's Arundel
1960

Striped Evening Shawl 1860s

Striped Evening Shawl
1860s

Roller Printed Bodice 1830s

Roller Printed Bodice
1830s

John Piper S Maria della Salute 1960 Sold

John Piper S Maria della Salute
1960

Rare Linen Under Drawers Third quarter 18th c Sold

Rare Linen Under Drawers
Third quarter 18th c

Marriage Shirt  Late 18th c Sold

Marriage Shirt
Late 18th c

Marriage Shirt  Late 18th c Sold

Marriage Shirt
Late 18th c

Rare Frilled Ruffle c 1800 Sold

Rare Frilled Ruffle
c 1800

Black Satin Breeches Late 18th c Sold

Black Satin Breeches
Late 18th c

Block Printed Kerchief/Fichu c 1810 Sold

Block Printed Kerchief/Fichu
c 1810

Featured items

We have several fine linen marriage shirts in 18th century Costumes this month, each is embroidered with a heart, with a needlelace insert, finely pleated ruffles and two have unusual shaped sleeves. Also found in this section are some fine linen under breeches which would look good on a mannequin, worn with one of the shirts. Black satin breeches and several waistcoats. Also some pleated sleeves. Similar sleeves, but integral to a shirt are in the V&A's current exhibition Undressed: A brief history of underwear which is well worth going to see.

The 1800-1830 Costume section includes a beautiful hand block printed muslin dress with large sleeves, Gentleman's buckskin under trousers and a very attractive roller printed bodice.

The Woven Shawls and Printed Shawls section contains beautiful woven and printed examples whilst English Textiles includes several 17th century embroideries and a beautiful pair of silk hangings embroidered with birds, made in China in the 1930s for the European market.

We have included new pieces in many sections so do enjoy browsing.