24th June 2019
When suitcases of old linen and textiles turn up for sale at auction they generally contain the usual suspects; old polycotton sheets, flowery duvet covers, tablecloths and tea towels well past their best.
However, on some occasions they can hold hidden gems, stashed away by previous generations. Items no longer used or in fashion but too good to throw out, put in the attic and promptly forgotten about.
Great great granny's wedding and other dresses, an aged aunt's collection of 50's and 60's cocktail outfits, fur coats and accessories (especially designer) are just some of the items that are collectable, as the interest in antique and vintage costume and textiles grows, in part due to the increasing popularity of vintage revivals, period dramas, sewing and crafting.
Such a consignment was recently brought into one of our salerooms as part of a house clearance. It was clear the boxes had been mothballed for quite some time but sorting through them revealed some very interesting items, including a lovely 1920's beaded flapper dress and silver lace skull cap, various items of costume including 1940's, 50's and 60's blouses and dresses, a knitted bathing suit, large quantities of handmade lace, embroidered trim, beaded and embroidered panels, ribbon, patchwork quilts, samplers, bags, hats and other items.