A 1896 Friendship Quilt ~ A Study In Turkey Redwork

Years ago when I first started to sell antique and vintage textiles, I fell in love with pieces embroidered in the turkey red floss (redwork is another term used today). Although there are many types of household items embroidered in this beautiful shade of red thread, and although I love them all, quilts are my favorite. Many of them are very graphic in designs and styles. Some elaborately embroi...

Victorian Early 1900's Blue Parasol Figural Children Playing At Seashore

Victorian Early 1900's  Blue Parasol Figural Children Playing At Seashore
I have read articles regarding the small size parasol, being not necessarily a child's, but may have been used by a lady riding in a carriage. She would want something to block the sun, but not so large to hamper her view. I am sure this is a true statement, however, on the other hand, I feel some small parasols were actually used by children.Case in point would be this small parasol, with its d...

Beautiful Shoes For A Beautiful Occasion ~ For The 1840 to 1860 Woman

Beautiful Shoes For A Beautiful Occasion  ~ For The 1840 to 1860 Woman
A lovely pair of early Victorian straight sole wedding shoes in a silk satin dating from the 1840's to 1860's. Beautifully hand stitched in small even stitches. Lined in linen. The early ladies slipper shoes have rounded squared toes and straight leather flat bottom soles. The embellishment on the toe of the one shoe is missing. However, the ever-so-narrow silk ribbon lacing ties, to secure the s...