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A Study in Pink: Two Silk Victorian Dresses, c. 187

5 February 2019

A 1871 pink silk dress with day and evening bodices, maker unknown; French.A lovely way to study design - both dresses are made of silk, with varying use of fringe (passementerie),...

Editorial Reviews for Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era

2 February 2019

Have you seen the editorial reviews for Treasures Afoot?"In this lavishly illustrated, meticulously researched book, Kimberly Alexander tells the fascinating, hitherto untold story...

A Pair of Homemade Mittens: Practice Piece

16 January 2019

I recently found this pair of homemade, hand sewn, mended/reinforced mittens at the Collector’s Eye in Stratham, New Hampshire. They are probably New England made and worn (?)....

Luster. Shine. Sheen: The Visual Lexicon of the 18th Century Elite

31 December 2018

Mid 18th century paste stone and silver shoe buckles, French or English. Private Collection.Behind me in the pit sat a young fop who continually put his foot on my bench in order to...