New for January
A 1730's waistocat with Rococo decoration has been added to 18th c Costume. A saffron coloured waistcoat made from an early 19th century woven shawl, a pair of men’s white trousers in a lovely textured weave and the softest buckskin under trousers can be found in Costume 1800-1837. More men’s trousers, this time for winter printed on thick black felted fabric, and an 1860’s linen jacket and waistcoat Costume 1840-1901.
Ladies shoes can be found Costume Costume 1800-1837 and a pair of ciselé velvet in Costume - 18th century.
A few shawls have been added to Kashmir Shawls including a fine ivory pashmina and a woven stole.
English Textiles - Woven includes a very unusual Scottish linen drugget or carpet protector from the mid 19th century. Woven with acorns and oak leaves it would have been used to protect the best carpet in a grand country house, when the house was closed for the winter. This would be of interest to anyone wishing to re create a Victorian or Georgian house interior. Another unusual item is a 16/17th century Dutch seal bearing the coat of arms from the City of Leiden, the centre of the wool trade. The inscription reads: wool blanket made with Leiden.
Don’t forget the Textile Society’s Antique and Vintage Textile Fair to be held on Sunday 6 March in Manchester. The fair, now in its twenty fourth year is a must for textile and dress enthusiasts. There are talks, demonstrations and around 80 dealers selling world wide textiles and dress, accessories and books. Allow the whole day! Hopefully see you there.