Did you realise there are events all over the UK this summer celebrating the Huguenots, the French Protestants who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Many settled in Spitalfields, London and Norwich as well as other areas. Highly skilled silversmiths, watchmakers and financiers manyt were silk weavers who brought intricate skills, new techniques, ideas and the incomparable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses in Spitalfields, whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. Do have a look at the website Huguenots Summer, celebrating the People, Places and Legacy www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/events/huguenot-summer.html. To celebrate this event I have included a few Spitalfields silk stoles from the early 19th century on the site (Shawls of Paisley Design - Woven). You will also find lengths and pieces of Spitalfields woven dress silks which would look good framed (Costume - 18th c) and in (Antique English & European Textiles - Woven). The other celebration this summer is the Battle of Waterloo. The Spitalfields silk stoles are exactly what would have been worn at the ball on the eve of the Battle. Why not buy one of the stoles to wear at the events to celebrate the anniversary.
You will find a charming embroidered pocket book worked by the young Sarah Chorley in 1773 (Costume - 18th century). A smart c1800 striped gentleman’s waistcoat is included (English Costume - 1800-1837)
A Morris & Company embroidery, originally for a fire screen and probably designed by May, I am calling Tulip & Pomegranate(Arts & Crafts - Morris & Co). Two embroidered Arts & Crafts lengths would look good hung on a wall, either vertically or horizontally (Arts & Crafts - Other). I am prepared to split them.
More items will be included quite soon, including a Man’s Boating Blazer and some marvellous European shawls, so do keep looking at the site.