"Gros Point de Venise" Needle Lace Cuffs

A fine pair of Gros Point de Venise cuffs from the collection of Lady Catherine Phillips, Lund, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. A typical pattern of floral and foliate scrolls terminating in 'Van Dyke' points. The forms are joined with brides and are heavily outlined with cordonnet. SOLD

William & Mary Window/Curtain Weight English, c. 1700

Rare wooden decorative domestic weight. Molded figures (most likely William & Mary) of hard sealing wax, painted and stained. Brass suspension ring. 3 1/2” W x 8 1/4” H. SOLD

Two Pairs of 18th Century Shoe Buckles

The pair on left is rectangular in shape with cut pastes and blue steel chapes. This set is in its original black morocco box. The buckles on the right have brilliant square cut pastes set in solid silver with pinchbeck trim. Pinchbeck is a metal invented in the early 18th century by the watchmaker Christopher Pinchbeck in his search for an alternative to gold. The formula is an alloy of copper and zinc. Each pair of buckles shown is sold separately. SOLD

Floral Needlework Double Pocketbook, American 18th Century

One can never own enough 18th century needlework! It's artistry and color enliven any room of brown furniture. This example is wrought in particularly rich shades of coral, red, green, and gold, set off nicely against a deep olive background. The two toned coloration of the lining (bright pink and red linen) is quite unusual. Wool on canvas. SOLD

A Rare Pocahontas Engraving

An original 18th century copperplate engraving of Rebecca Rolff, better known as Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan. The engraving is based on the original 1616 painting rendered in England. A rare print with historical importance to the colonial Tidewater, Virginia region.SOLD

Glazed Quilted Petticoat, American, c. 1790-1820

Quilting was both utilitarian and an outlet for creative expression. In a time that found the heating of homes grossly deficient, quilted clothing with its insulating qualities was essential. This petticoat certainly served its owner well in its warmth, yet its meticulous pattern of interlocking circles showcased her needlework prowess. Fashion dictated that the front panel of a skirt be open, so this petticoat was meant to be seen. Bronze glazed cotton top layer, cotton batting filler, buff waistband and lining. SOLD

Shell-Top Pine Corner Cupboard, Connecticut 1720-1740

This corner cupboard, originally built into the architecture of a room, is rich in Georgian details. The fluted and reeded pilasters flank a highly decorative carved shell set into the semi-circular recess above the shaped shelves. The shelves served to showcase the family's polished pewter while provisions were stored behind the single raised panel door on the lower portion. 6' 3" inches high. SOLD

Joint or Joined Stool, English, Late 17th Century

A sturdy oak stool with pinned mortise-and-tenon joints. An early form of furniture used as both seating and a table. Moulded edge top, turned legs braced together by rails and stretchers. Old surface. SOLD

Pair of Mirrored Candle Sconces, American, 18th or Early 19th Century

Segments of mirrored glass were applied to a dished tin support to provide a "parabolic" reflector, greatly enhancing the light from a candle. Each sconce measures 7 3/4 inches in diameter. SOLD

An Important Pair of Late Baroque Ladies Mules from The Hearst Collection, English or French c. 1690

A very rare surviving pair of ladies shoes from the 17th century. Ivory kid w/ padded metallic silver embroidery on ivory silk vamp, red leather heels, applied label on bottom, "17th C pur. Hearst Col. Gimbel Bros, 1942 Traphagen School", Length 7 3/4", heel height 3 3/4". SOLD

Rare Dated American Bead Chain: Hannah G. Winslow 1831

 

Hannah may not have realized that the charming and delicate beaded necklace she skillfully crafted would be a rare survivor nearly 175 years later. This framed example is adorned with numerous symbolic motifs including; birds (signifying the soul), keys (education and wisdom), a crown (immortality in heaven), and hearts (charity). According to Lynne Bassett in her article Woven Bead Chains in Early 19th-Century American Dress, bead chains were woven on a bead loom (like the one on display at Winterthur) by schoolgirls and presented as gifts to friends and relatives. SOLD

Doll's Chair in Original Green Paint

This diminutive ladder-back chair is only 12 inches in height and 7 1/2 inches wide. Three arched slats, original paint, and original splint seat. It looks utterly charming sitting on a fireplace hearth stone. It has its full height (of course...no one's sat on it except dolls!). SOLD

Silver and Paste Shoe or Knee Buckles, Early 18th Century

Late Jacobean/Early Georgian shoe buckles were very small in size at first being attached to the right and left shoe latches, which ran high across the instep until about the 1730's. Then shoe fashions began to change with a lower cut instep and the latches moving down the profile of the shoe.In the early period, the chape loop consisted of only one spike and a single tongue. The paste stones are set into a frame of solid silver. One could imagine how they sparkling in the candlelight on a lovely pair of ladies brocade shoes. 1 1/4" x 1 1/4". SOLD

Ladies Dated and Initialed Busk, English 1788

Busks were inserted down the center slot of a woman's corset to keep the corset rigid. This is an early, graphic busk, made of Lignum Vitae, the rare 'wood of life', the heaviest and densest wood in the world. It was first imported into England around 1515 from the West Indies and Central America and was used in shipbuilding and for medicinal purposes. It is now quite rare. The busk is initialed "M.Q." and dated 1788. It has a chiseled tulip, double-heart, and pinwheel design. SOLD

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