I will be at the Antique Textile Fair run by The Textile Society, on Sunday 2 March. Details on www.textilesociety.org.uk Do come.
We thought the two turtle doves were appropriate for our February update. These 18th century hand painted velvet wedding garters are very small for fastening round the leg under the knee, and would have been suitable for a very young bride.
Also included in 18th c Costumes section are a pair of yellow and brown glace kid lady’s shoes with little ties and a delicious rustling Spitalfields silk brocade gown of the 1760’s, re-modelled in the 1780’s. The dress has fly fringing with corded wire loops and puffs to the furbelows which are filled with cotton wool.
A Norwich hand block printed silk gauze evening shawl, manufacturer by Towler and Campin is included in the Shawl section.
A book of Specimens of Simple Directions in Needlework and Cutting Out; intended for the use of the National Female Schools of Ireland to which are added Specimens of Work executed by the Pupils of The Female National Model School, printed and published by direction of the Commissioners of National Education, Dublin. 1861. Here there are eight darning samplers, a shirt, plain sewing, knitting, straw work and lace.
The Moroccan embroidered robe from Rabat is a very rare garment, ideal for a museum or collector.
The London Wall propaganda scarf is one of Jacqmar's most famous. Despite there being fabric restrictions during the war this one is made of silk crepe.