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Paste Waistcoat Buttons, English, c. 1790 NEWLY LISTED ITEM
It is a true rarity to find 18th century silver paste buttons still together after 200 years. Very often buttons were later converted into earrings or cufflinks. These are rose cut and foil backed, each housed in a silver case backing with a tiny suspension loop. A set of paste buttons would have been quite expensive and often interchanged with other waistcoats. These buttons were most likely originally a set of eight or twelve, but sadly a few have been lost over time. The plush lined case is of the period, but not original. The case itself is a rarity and displays the buttons beautifully. The buttons are in antique condition, not perfect, as to be expected. One has been repaired. Price: $475.
Scrimshaw Whalebone Busk, American, c. 1845 NEWLY LISTED ITEM
A fine and very charming whalebone busk. Busks were long flat pieces of baleen or whalebone designed as stays to support women's corsets. They were made by voyaging seamen on whaling ships and often given as tokens of affection to loved ones back home. This busk, with heart-shaped top, has delightful motifs including a flirtatious young lady coquettishly lifting her gown above her ankles; a tropical coconut tree; and delicate sprigs of leaves. 12 1/2 inches long. Whalebone examples are quite rare. Price: $835.
Gentleman's Silk Plush or Beaver Tophat, Boston, mid 19th Century NEWLY LISTED ITEM
It is difficult to say whether this elegant hat is made of silk plush or beaver. We do know that it was made by E.P. Porter. The 1858 Boston Almanac business directory lists Edward P. Porter - hats and fur, at 29 Washington. We also know that he won a hatmaker award at the "Exhibition and Fair of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association" held in Boston in 1837. This hat is 7 inches tall with a 2 inch brim. The interior is lined in plaid paper and the hat has a wide 3 inch chocolate brown leather sweatband. The tophat's opening measures approximately 7 3/4 inches by 6 1/4" inches. Price: $275.
Spitalfields Silk Brocade Lettercase or Wallet, English, 18th Century
A shockingly beautiful and vibrant silk interior is revealed when this lettercase is opened. One can just imagine this fabric matching its owner's sack back gown and shoes with sparkling paste buckles. It must have finished off her outfit beautifully! The fabric is lisere with self-patterning and silk brocading. See a similar example in the Royal Ontario Museum. When opened, this wallet measures 9" x 5" and it closes to a petite 3" x 5". An ivory twisted silk cord trim extends to form a tie to keep the contents secure. The double interior pockets are scalloped and lined in a pale pink satin moiré. Beneath the silk fabric, the lining is most likely vellum. The textile, with its floral sprays and fruit, is in the style of designer Anna Marie Garthwaite, whose work is in the V & A. Similar lettercases can be seen at the Met and the Museum of Fine Arts. SOLD
Infant's Quilted Bib and Rose Gold Band Ring, Pennsylvania, 19th Century NEWLY LISTED ITEM
This set is one of the most charming items we have owned. This petite bib and ring were surely much treasured gifts given by a loved one to welcome a new baby. The lower bib portion is only 4 1/2" by 3 1/2" and including the two tabs that surround the child's head, it is less than 7" long in total. A beautifully quilted heart is the central design, worked in the tiniest of stitches forming diamond shapes within a five-row border. The small child's ring is approximately 1/2" in diameter and is beautifully detailed with raised motifs. In the 19th century, often a baby's ring was created to match the mother's wedding band. Price: $365.
Gentleman's Needlework Crewel Pocketbook or Wallet, American or English, 18th Century
A man’s wallet, often embroidered by a special female member of his family or his wife-to-be, might contain important correspondence, documents, and currency. This 18th century gentleman's wallet features an unusual soft taupe-colored ground with vivid color accents in bright shades of pink, coral, magenta, gold, green and peacock blue worked in a carnation design. This wallet has a salmon ribbon trim and silk lining. SOLD
Schoolgirl Sampler, Jane Anne Couch, Norwalk, CT, c. 1830
Jane was born July 13, 1816 in Fairfield County, CT. She was the daughter of Nash Couch and Mary Couch of Westport, CT. Jane studied needlework with Miss Eliza Susan Betts, of South Academy in Norwalk, CT. Her sampler, wrought in polychrome cotton and wool on linen, features a schoolhouse, two Federal-style houses, trees, numerals, strawberry borders and this verse:
"Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
The sampler is mounted on its original stretcher and housed in an early, if not original, grain-painted frame. Condition is good, colors are bright, no visible holes, edge wear, some stains, older pink door restoration. Orig. Price: $3,500 SALE PRICE: $2,400.
Rare Beaded Silk and Metallic Pincushion “Etui”, English 18th Century
Elaborately decorated accessories such as gloves, purses, needlecases and pincushions were treasured gifts. They provided the perfect format to demonstrate needlework artistry. This “Etui” or needlecase was created by combining a number of precious materials. The shape is rounded at the top and tapers to the bottom where it ends with a stuffed rectangular pincushion. The upper portion is comprised of five trapezoidal sections each with a mirror (silver-nitrate painted glass) adorned by loops of metallic coils outlining flat, teardrop-shaped metallic discs and beading. The oval and heart-shaped glass lozenges alternate from the top: oval, heart, oval, heart, oval. The entire piece is edged with metallic lace. The pincushion has a narrow metallic trim with four corner looped embellishments. Silvered glass was a luxury item, thus the extensive use of mirrors in this piece and the complexity of its design, indicate that it was indeed a gift for a much beloved person. 21" x 7" x 1 1/4". SOLD
Embroidered Sleeve Band, China, 19th Century
Exquisitely delicate polychrome silk stitching on lustrous silk satin fabric. Reddish-gold metal coached threads highlight the piece. Coaching refers to a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread through the material. Excellent Condition. Full piece: 3 1/4 x 36 inches. Embroidered Area: 3 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches. Orig. Price: $120 SALE PRICE: $65.
"The Seduction", English circa 1700
A fine early 18th century silk worked picture. This tent stitched piece shows an amorous man with a winsome shepherdess in a lush pastoral landscape. In the background is a mansion house, originally with mica windows. The background is Parisian stitched using cream colored silk; the pool of water and the sheep are worked with furry silk chenille. 12 1/4" x 10 3/4", period frame. This piece is further discussed in an article by Kathleen Staples in the book Common Thread: Common Ground. Orig. Price: $9,500. SALE PRICE: $6,800.
Crewel Embroidered Panel, English c. 1750
From the personal collection of renowned Nantucket needle artist, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of: 200 Years of Nantucket Needlework, comes this amazing piece of 18th century needle artistry. Plumed birds, a charming squirrel, and an array of insects live amid exotic flora and fauna. This colorfully chaotic piece also includes chinnoiserie imagery, reflecting a decorative style that hit its peak in the mid-18th century and remains popular to this day. The person who worked this piece surely had a fun sense of playful abandon! Mounted on stretched linen. 25 1/2" x 36". SOLD
Embroidered Sleeve Band, China, Late 19th Century
A sleeve band is a strip of embroidered fabric on the sleeve of a woman's robe or jacket. This beautifully designed sleeve band seen here is hand embroidered in graduated shades of pink, blue and green on white silk damask. 4 x 18.5 inches. Orig. Price: $120 SALE PRICE: $65.
Gentleman's Silk Neck Handkerchief, American, 18th Century
The 18th-century man almost always wore some sort of neck cloth, whether fashionably dressed or at labor. The neck handkerchief, a large square of linen, cotton, muslin, or silk, was generally worn by sporting gentlemen and working tradesmen alike. This handkerchief was owned by Samuel Davis (1762-1856), a Revolutionary soldier and Mayflower descendent. (Stickpin has been sold). Orig. Price: $365 SALE PRICE: $250.
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