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.