The Joy Of The Hunt ~ Collecting Antique And Vintage Textiles & Accessories

Sometimes the joy of collecting antiques is in the hunt.   One never know what might be waiting at that next estate sale, outdoor market or any other venue collectors and dealers search. So it is, with this perfectly mint pair of early 1900's Edwardian baby shoes or slippers. And no less in the original shoe box, with its great graphics of babes and storks.  Wow! Such a beautiful gift to...

Crochet Trims, Yokes And Pretties ~ The Finishing Touch For Undergarments

The art of hand crocheting is a very old form of lace making. There has been some early documentation of crocheted textiles known about 1812, although the craft was more than likely practice prior to that date. In 1824 the first known crochet patterns were published in the Penelope magazine, which was printed in Holland. Through the 1800's crocheting seems to be firmly established, and along with...

For Mama's Little Darling ~ "Always Ready" ~ A 19th C Baby Victorian Bib

Feeding time is such a pleasure, although, many wee ones sometimes do show their displeasure with the taste of certain foods, wanting to feed themselves or just for other reasons sometimes only known to little minds.Still, the child's Victorian bib pictured above gives rise to the occasion that the baby is "Always Ready". And for many, at feeding time, the sentiment is exactly right.The darling pr...