Ebay Alerts! Eighteen items – February 7, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/gpw3hj5 PAIR OF VICTORIAN RED CLUNY LACE LAPPETS & A PAIR OF BEDFORDSHIRE LACE LAPPETS
Size: red – 35.5″ x 2.25″. beds – 39.5″ x 2.25″ max.
Starting Price: £8.00
Auction ends: February 8, 2016, 11:33 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: The red lappet scarf is very interesting.  I think the white one is Beds. The red one has many beds characteristics, but it also has the motif against some kind of ground (not point ground, I think) more typical of French work. However I do have pieces in my collection from the Armstrong workshops labeled Cluny, so this type of lace was certainly made in England. Colored lace is unusual, but not unknown. I have both red and burgundy wool examples in my collection, more typically known as Yak lace.  This might be something similar.  Or, it could be a modern copy, but the form isn’t something you typically see in modern pattern books.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Red one looks clean, not so sure about the white one. Might be a little staining, hard to tell from the photos.
Finish: The white one could use blocking.

191795833930   Sold for £25.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zwfu976 A VICTORIAN HONITON APPLIQUE LACE DRESS FRONT WITH BUTTERFLY MOTIFS
http://tinyurl.com/zevwmwx A VICTORIAN HONITON APPLIQUE LACE SHAWL COLLAR WITH LAPPET FRONT & BIRD MOTIFS
Size: dress front – 25″ neckline, 7 deep center front.
collar – 61″ neckline, 8.75″ center back depth.
Starting Price: £15.00 £35.00
Auction ends: February 8, 2016, 11:33 AM PST
February 8, 2016, 12:29 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: These two are similar so I’ll include them in the same review.  Honiton applique on machine net, both in snails/slugs style. The dress front has two butterflies, and a nicely done lily of the valley motif center front. Turkey tail motifs around the outer edge.  The shawl collar design is a bit sparse, but includes some interesting figural work of birds.  Note the same Lily of the Valley motif, and turkey tails around the edges.  I’m thinking these both came from the same shop.  The inner motifs are actually quite well done, tightly woven, and the roses nicely defined.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: both look clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles on either.

191795233785    Sold for £31.00, 5 bidders.

191795216922    Sold for £54.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hkmmxnd A PRETTY VICTORIAN HANDKERCHIEF EDGED WITH NET APPLIQUE & TAMBOUR EMBROIDERY
Size: 15.25″ square
Starting Price: £12.00
Auction ends: February 8, 2016, 12:35 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A handkerchief with a border of tulle appliqued on machine net with tambour stitch. Interesting floral design with some needlerun stitches used as fillings. Note the extensive esprits, each circle tamboured in place.  Might be a Belgian piece, they are known for tambour applique on net.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Occasional pulling away from the cloth attachment. A few minor pinholes.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191795239751   Sold for 21.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h82wh45 A VINTAGE IRISH CROCHET LACE COLLAR OR DRESS FRONT WITH RAISED WORK – Belgian?
Size: 16″ neckline, 11″ center depth.
Starting Price: £16.00
Auction ends: Feburary 8, 2016, 12:40 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: Given the pointed front, this is probably a dress front of Irish crochet. Square mesh ground with crocheted picots.  The motifs are rather scattered and lack the typical three part ‘pinwheel’ organization. There are some interesting floral forms, one almost looks like a butterfly. Raised work in the centers of some flowers, and a raised looped pattern in the ‘butterflies’.  The stitches in the motifs seem a little loose.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Dark cream color, seller thinks it might have been dyed with tea.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191795222042   Sold for £21.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z7oy5vv VICTORIAN LAWN BRIDAL HANDKERCHIEF WITH BRUSSELS DUCHESSE DE BRUGES LACE EDGING
Size: 13″ square
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: February 8, 2016, 12:44 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruges handkerchief. The difference between Duchesse de Bruges and Brussels Duchesse is that Brussels Duchesse includes Point de Gaze inserts and Duchesse de Bruges does not. These are terms used at the turn of the century by the original manufacturers, and have fallen a bit out of favor these days in favor of a rather confused description of ‘mixed lace’ or similar terms.  But I’m using the more original terminology.
This piece has conventional Duchesse motifs, finely worked with a little raised work on halfstitch background.  The design is nicely organized.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Broken bride in upper right corner.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Some minor faint creasing in the center cloth.

191795240357   Sold for £63.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jmecgv3 A VICTORIAN SILK CENTERED HANDKERCHIEF WITH BEDFORDSHIRE BOBBIN LACE EDGING
Size: 14″ square
Starting Price: £8.00
Auction ends: February 8, 2016, 12:56 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A handkerchief with an unusual Beds pattern. The vertical ovals alternate with a flower pattern and are all nicely worked.  Interesting piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: I’m wondering if the center cloth is a replacement – it doesn’t really match the lace. Hard to tell.
Damage: Broken bride in upper right corner.
Soilage: A little minor brown spotting in the lace.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

191796775130   Sold for £31.11, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zntbseq Antique Victorian Handmade Fine Bobbin Lace Veil or Shawl, possibly French
Size: 30″ across top, 13.5″ max depth.
Starting Price: £8.00
Auction ends: February 9, 2016, 1:06 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller woolywonders, Colchester, United Kingdom
Comments: Semicircular black silk veils like this do come up occasionally, with almost identical patterns (http://tinyurl.com/grbenga http://tinyurl.com/mnuje3v). Because of another set I’ve recently seen with a Maltese provenance, I’m inclined to attribute these to Malta (not Spain or France). They are really too heavy for a traditional hat veil, and are probably small headcoverings.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Early 20th C.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: 2″ detachment of the border. A few broken brides.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles. The border ruffles naturally.

331766597020   Sold for £22.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gm4lxuo Antique Victorian 19th c. Tiffany & Co Carved MOP Point de Gaze Lace Folding Fan
Size: 12.5″ long.
Starting Price: $49.99
Auction ends: February 9, 2016, 6:28 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller woolywonders, Colchester, United Kingdom
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse fan with Mother of Pear sticks, elaborately carved guardsticks and bone? ribs. Could use more closeups of the lace, but there appears to be one large Point de Gaze insert in the center, with elaborate decorative ‘mode’ grid fillings. No raised owrk in the needlelace.  There are numerous small needle-made rings in the bobbinlace flower centers. The bobbinlace is very dense Duchesse, no obvious raised work.
Provenance: Accompanied by a Tiffany box, and a Card for Miss Trowbridge, 221 Church St.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: This fan isn’t opening as widely as one might expect, but I don’t see any obvious sign of modification.
Damage: Lace OK, sticks need repair
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Expected fan creases.

161968975907   Sold for $96.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zgszkhx Ladies Cotton Embroidered Handkerchief Floral Net Lace Bridal Scalloped Trim
Size: 11″ square
Starting Price: $9.99
Auction ends: February 10, 2016, 11:31 A M PST
Offered by: Ebay seller strangedesires, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A handkerchief edged with a point ground bobbinlace, I think it might be Lille. Although Bucks is a possibility, and the fillings look a bit more like what you see in Mechlin than in an English lace. In Bucks there are more honeycomb and kat stitch.  But the mesh does look a little flatter than the 45 degrees you see in Lille. So Bucks is a possibility.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the ground.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical

331771290450   Sold for $89.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zb9qjyy HIGHLY DETAILED 19TH C HAND MADE DUCHESSE LACE FLOUNCE PIECE
Size: 10″ x 41″ without engrelure.
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: February 10, 2016, 11:31 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A border of Duchesse de Bruges. Quite an elegant floral design against an upper background ground of irregular small leaves. Elaborate raised work on halfstitch background in the swagwork. The individual floral design is a little more advanced than what you see in conventional Duchesse. Wish there were more.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut. Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301866084830  Sold for $193.49, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hqr33oh HAND MADE BEAUTIFUL BRUSSELS MIXED LACE STOLE W RAISED FLORALS
Size: 5.5″ x 55″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: February 10, 2016, 12:39 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A scarf of Brussels Duchesse. No raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts, but there is some on halfstitch background in the bobbinlace. Note the interesting needlelace decorate ‘mode’ flowers in the centers of many of the bobbinlace flowers. Overall an elegant, complex design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. PtdG mesh looks good.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291678303875  $82.00, 7 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/gs35awn ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY HAND WOVEN FLEMISH LACE
Size: 7″ x 158″
Starting Price: $99.00
Auction ends: February 10, 2016, 3:55 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A border of tape lace with a six-pointed star mesh, much like that seen in early Milanese or Flemish laces.  But I think this is a 19th century lace, mainly because of the woven tallies in the fillings. And the overall design has the feeling of Eastern European laces.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end. Engrelure added.
Damage: A few small holes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical fold creases.

291678439301   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hq25lzs Exquisite Antique Lace & Silk Wedding? Hanky Handkerchief Belgium? Wide Lace
Size: 12″ square
Starting Price: $9.99
Auction ends: February 10, 2016, 3:55 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller vinrabit, Spokane, Washington, United States
Comments: A Maltese silk handkerchief. Sun motifs along the outer edge (unusual), and a simple pattern of leaves and a cross on the inside.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: mid 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few small holes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

252278573715   Sold for $36.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zzdu7p6 Unusual honey silk Irish Crochet long dress front Plastron 19th C. COSTUME
Size: 20″ center length, collar add 2.5″. 15-16″ neckline.
Starting Price: $49.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: February 11, 2016, 8:23 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A silk Irish Crochet long dress front with matching choker collar. Made of silk, this piece has heavy decorated raised work, recalling Gros Point.  The motifs are fairly conventional, but the raised work really makes this piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few broken brides.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

141895442240   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/jgkpgto Handmade Valenciennes bobbin lace yardate – 19th C.
Size: 2″ x 1 yard 33.5″
Starting Price: $39.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: February 11, 2016, 8:58 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A Valenciennes border, round hole mesh. This sparse design goes back to the early 19th c, and was made for a long time. Sometimes it’s called Valenciennes Anglaise. This piece with the round hole mesh is well done and might be earlier in the century. Very difficult to tell.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, difficult to see the other end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory color.
Finish: Vertical and other creases.

141895458925   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/hfnmmxz Antique Fine Lace Collar Honiton Handmade Bobbin Bertha Leaf Floral Design
Size: 93 cm long, center back width 10 cm
Starting Price: £45.00
Auction ends: February 12, 2016, 9:53 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller banderllon, Thatcham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruges collar with long frontpieces. Conventional motifs, I like the row of leaves and flowers along the neckline.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, difficult to see the other end.
Damage: A few bride weaknesses.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Fold crease center back.

262272997733   Sold for £82.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hjrvos3 antique handmade gold + silver thread bobbin lace probably 18 th c 28″ x 3 1/2″
Size: 3.5″ x 18″
Starting Price: $100.00
Auction ends: February 12, 2016, 11:19 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Gaillard, France
Comments: A metallic insertion with both gold and silver threads. They all look like wrapped silk cores. A fairly complex gupiure for a metallic lace, deviating from the usual ‘torchon’ style. French or Spanish, hard to tell. I especially like the careful way the silver motifs are outlined with a kid of ‘gimp’.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Both ends cut.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301865815077   No bids.

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Lace Event UK: The Haydock (not just) Lace Fair – April 17, 2016

The Haydock (not just) Lace Fair
Sponsor:  Church Meadow Crafts
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Place: The Centenary Stand, Haydock Park Racecourse
Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0HQ, UK
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Website:  http://tinyurl.com/pc3sjxf

Vendors:
Acorn Bobbins, Reg Beasant, Church Meadow Crafts, Claire’s Lace, Pat Costlo, M. and D. Davies, Fireside Reflections, Jo Firth, Brian Goodwin, IT Stitches, Japan Crafts, Stuart Johnson, Lace Guild, Lacewing, Makit Lace, Needlepaws, Chris Parsons, Patchwork Gallery, PollyJane Yarns, SMP Lace, Christine and David Springett, Tatting and Design, Vintage Fashions, Margaret Wall, Winslow Bobbins, John Woodcock
Exhibition:
A retrospective of Sue Willoughby

Tickets: £4.00 at the door.
Discounted advance tickets available from the contact, please include SAE.
Free parking, disabled friendly.  Refreshments available all day.
Contact: Lynn and David Turner
15 Carisbrook Dive, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1LN
Telephone: 01606 594200

haydock   newton-le-willows

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Ebay Alerts! Seven items so far – January 31, 2016

Apologies, a little short this week.
Laurie

http://tinyurl.com/hsljv9o Austen era handmade Brussels bobbin lace edging Droashel mesh COSTUME COLLECT
Size: ~2.25″ without engrelure x 2 yards
Starting Price: $97.00
Auction ends: January 31, 2016, 8:59 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: An interesting length of bobbinlace applique on droschel ground. It very well could be an English piece given the nature of the fillings (no needlelace, woven bobbinlace tallies). This design is very sparse. A thin lower border with small regions of fillings, and tiny sprigs used as esprits.  This extreme simplicity is a bit unusual.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Seams 15″ from one end, 28″ from other end.  The zigzag patter looks original. Cut both ends, engrelure added.
Damage: Some minor pulls in the ground.  Occasional repair to the ground.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory white color.
Finish: Soft vertical fold creases.

131709740870   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jplefrs Handmade Valenciennes bobbin lace edging yardage 19th c. COSTUME COLLECTIONS
Size: 2.5″ x 2 yards 4″
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: January 31, 2016, 9:17 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A border of square-mesh Valenciennes. Excellent technique, tightly woven. It has the simple floral design typical of the 2nd half of the 19th c. This type of lace was extensively used to border linens, handkerchiefs, nightwear, and simple white garments.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends.
Damage: Some minor pulls in the ground.  Occasional repair to the ground.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical fold creases.Looks unused.

141886167612   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/glsb54x A Stunning Antique Maltese Lace Waistcoat Circa 1880
Size: 54cm across back (measured at underarms). 45 cm long.
Starting Price: £72.00
Auction ends: January 31, 2016, 9:17 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese silk vest. Unmodified costume pieces of Maltese are a little rare. This one has an alternating floral/cross medallion border all the way around. The almost ‘patchwork’ pattern of the inner textile is interrupted by a large cross and crown center back.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st half 20th c. The pointed front ends may put it a little earlier, but the whole general form I think is early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Break to center back top medallion.
Soilage: Staining near front lower armholes.  Occasional mark elsewhere.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

311533810436a   311533810436   Sold for £72.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/gr7jqmw 19 th century Irish Crochet collar
Size: 26″ ‘all round’ (not sure where that was taken), 5.5″ deep
Starting Price: £22.00
Auction ends: January 31, 2016, 10:16 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller sallie_ead, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Comments: An Irish Crochet collar.  The motifs are firmly worked with some raised ring centers. Looks like crocheted ring picots on the mesh. Lots of shamrocks in a 3-lobed pinwheel, the other two flower motifs are more isolated.  Good example of the type.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Break along the neckline.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

111888279112   Sold for £33.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z7d7rpk ANTIQUE COLLAR BRUSSELS HAND MADE NEEDLEPOINT LACE ON POINT DE GAZE XIX CENTURY
Size: 19″ outside diameter, 7″ inside diameter, 7″ deep.
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: January 31, 2016, 11:49AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lmlantiques, Montevideo
Comments: An Brussels Duchesse collar with raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts.  Good floral work in the bobbinlace, and some raised work against halfstitch in the strapwork. Design a bit crowded, but it comes off quite well.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Two pinholes in the PtdG ground.
Soilage: Staining, especially long outer edges.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

401061763041   Sold for £91.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j3ap5e9 Antique Lace Hand Fan, 18 Mother of Pearl Rods , Gold Leaf Carved Frame
Size: fan 13″ x 25″.
Starting Price: $650.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 31, 2016, 1:05 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller agelessart, Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A framed fan of Carrickmacross applique on machine net. Fans of Carrickmacross are a bit rare. I’ve seen 6 others since I’ve started doing the Ebay Alerts, and none as detailed as this one.  The small motifs are beautifully worked, and there is a little bride work, and some nice running stitch fillings.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Sticks look good.
Soilage: Occasional small stain where attached to sticks.
Finish: Expected fan creases.

272112135760   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/hfuzrhp Very fine 19th C. English Honiton Bobbin lace Lappets or Barbe COLLECT BRIDE
Size: ~3.5″ x 40″
Starting Price: $95.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 32, 2016, 8:50 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A lappet scarf of Honiton guipure. Snails/slugs style, but it’s not a typical piece in several ways.  The form is unusual for Honiton guipure. The motifs seem t be variations of more traditional ones, and note the unusual scallops around the edges.  Overall this piece has quite an interesting presence.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Fold creases across the short width.

131711089247   Unsold.

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No Ebay Alerts for January 24, 2016

I’m in Minneapolis yet again for the final celebration of my mother’s 90th birthday, so am skipping the alerts this week.  Will resume next week.  And I also have the 2016 Calendars almost ready for publication.  Back soon!

Laurie

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Ebay Alert! Forty-two items – January 17, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/hyv3j6o Antique Victorian Point de Gaze handmade lace wedding handkerchief
Size: 3″ x 50″
Starting Price: £72.00
Auction ends: January 17, 2016, 9:15 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: A Point de Gaze handkerchief, no raised work.  Conventional design, standard decorative fillings in the center of the roses. A middle market product.
Provenance: From a Scottish country house. Belonged to descendant’s great grandmother born in 1881. There is a name written in the center of the cloth, G. J. Gowen? Can’t make out the last name.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller laundered the piece, says it is now ‘snowy white’.
Finish: Vertical fold crease.

191779510550   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jg4d3th Stunning antique Victorian handmade Honiton & tulle lace table centre
Size: 60 cm diameter.
Starting Price: £72.00
Auction ends: January 17, 2016, 10:10 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: A round piece of Honiton applique on machine net. Snails/slugs style. I haven’t seen anything quite like this before. Honiton applique is not something normally used for table linens, so I’m wondering if it is some kind of veil.  Note the extensive brides in the floral masses, so strictly speaking it’s not really an applique.  Very unusual.
Provenance: From a large Scottish country house.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One pinhole in the tulle.
Soilage: Seller laundered the piece, says it is now ‘snowy white’ with no stains.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles in the photos.

191779554627   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/gvlfpdc Antique/vintage Bedfordshire lace collar
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: £12.00
Auction ends: January 17, 2016, 10:18 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A floral Beds collar with long front points. The design alternates between a single flower and 7-lobed leaves.  Interesting pattern of picoted brides with ‘islands’ where they met.  The overall design seems a little haphazard.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites occasional broken bride.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

3317512425001   £20.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/judwzqr A Exquisite 19th Century Brussels Needle Point Length Lace.
Size: 15 cm x 98 cm
Starting Price: £72.00
Auction ends: January 17, 2016, 11:45 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of what I like to call “Point de Gaze Guipure”. Meaning Point de Gaze technique but with a bride ground.  This doesn’t come up very often (see the collar from the Jan 10, 2016 Alerts last week), and when it does the quality tends to vary. This example is a very flat lace with somewhat irregular motifs.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.  Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos, although I think there are a few loose threads here and there.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

3317512425001   Sold for £74.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h8ldm8s Vtg EXQUISITE Bedfordshire Plaited Bobbin Lace Wedding Hanky Handkerchief H76
Size: 10.5″ square
Starting Price: $90.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 6:59 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lois437, West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States
Comments: A guipure handkerchief.  Might be Beds, but the thread seems a bit heavy, and the woven leaves along the outer edge are a little atypical. The outer plaited edge isn’t as elaborate as might be seen in a lot of Beds. My guess would be a French guipure, maybe Cluny. Seems to have been made in two pieces, the inner and outer parts looked joined together. Looks like there is an overlapping join on the right side of the outer edge.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: A little creasing in the cloth, minor.  Outer edge is a little wrinkled.

3317512425001   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hf9vwb2 Antique Bedfordshire / Maltese linen lace shawl af
Size: 54″ x 53″
Starting Price: £14.99
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 7:03 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A black guipure square shawl.  I think this is a Spanish piece, probably black silk like Maltese. And it has the same layered construction that you would expect in Maltese. But the overall design and motifs are atypical, much thinner trails and different arrangements of woven leaves.  Spanish guipures are a relatively unrecognized genera, I have a few documented ones in my collection. But there’s very little in the literature.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: Seller talks about a missing edge band, and there might be something gone at the top. Hard to tell from the photos.
Damage: Numerous open seams and might be a few repairs.
Soilage: Looks clean but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: Wrinkled.

291657667376   Sold for £14.99, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/huzhlrj 29″ (73.5CM) LENGTH OF LATE 18TH CENTURY BRUSSELS NEEDLE LACE WITH DROSCHEL NET
Size: 2-7/8″ x 29″ without engrelure.
Starting Price: £52.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 11:44 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of needlelace applique on droschel ground. Interesting needlelace, very little toilé. It’s almost all buttonholed cordonnet, with some simple knotted and ring filling grids.  The technique is tending toward Point de Gaze.
In general design it reminds me of contemporary Alençon with the narrow lower border and fairly open spaces at the top. The trailing design in the main ground is a more romantic early 19th c type, rather than the Herren Alençon derivatives seen  in the later 18th c.
Some of the design at the top seems interrupted, not sure if it’s been cut down.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends. Might be cut under the engrelure.
Damage: Some pulls and a few small repairs in the ground.
Soilage: Localized brown dots. Seems a beige color in the photos.
Finish: Some light creasing, minor.

191779625624   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hbbgah3 AN 18TH CENTURY BOBBIN LACE FLOUNCE PROBABLY ITALIAN – 38 1/2″ (19cm) Long
Size: 9-3/4″ x 38.5″
Starting Price: £62.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 11:51 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of Milanese with the round plaited mesh.  Difficult to tell Italian vs Flemish work, but I don’t think the thread is fine enough to warrant a Flemish attribution. Interesting how the mesh follows the outline of the design, a common feature of earlier Milanese laces. The design appears to be intact. The added piece at the top is a straight lace with torchon ground and a gimp – a later addition, but I can’t place the exact type.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 17th or early 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends. Additional lace added at top.
Damage: Some mesh pulled away from motifs. Some repairs in the mesh.  I wonder if parts have been replaced since the mesh size tends to differ at the lower right end.
Soilage: Isolated brown spots.
Finish: Overall wear.

191780485581   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/zdeem3y A VICTORIAN SILK HANDKERCHIF WITH HAND MADE MALTESE SILK LACE EDGING
Size: 12″ square
Starting Price: £10.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 12:02 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese handkerchief of cream silk with a round white silk center.  Three part construction: The outer border alternates Maltese crosses and flowers. The inner border has radial wheat ears. In between is an elegant guipure pattern in the corners with a square mesh ground.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 17th or early 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Pinholes in the center cloth.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal fold crease. Slight creasing of the center cloth, a little wrinkled in the lace, minor.

191779617940   Sold for £16.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/znqxzze VINTAGE ITALIAN TABLECLOTH WITH CANTU LACE PANELS & HAND EMBROIDERY & LACE EDG
http://tinyurl.com/hemwhmp VINTAGE ITALIAN TABLECLOTH WITH VIEUX FLANDERS LACE PANELS & POINT DE VENISE LACE
Size: #1: 42″ square, 43.5″ square. #2 43.5″ square
Starting Price: £25.00 on both
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 12:46 PM PST
January 18, 2016, 12:11 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: Two examples of assembled laces. The first is composed of squares of Cantú bobbinlace with white cutwork embroidery. In the corners are squares of filet. Venise-style plaited bobbinlace surrounds the outside, and also is used as an insertion around the center drawnwork square.  I think it’s an Italian product of the later 19th c. This type of bobbinlace causes endless confusion in museums and for collectors since it so accurately mimics early laces (as a recent workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art so aptly pointed out).
The second piece is also assembled, combining Point de Milan (pieced bobbinlace with a needle-made ground), with an outer border and insertions of a Gros Point style needlelace.  Probably also an Italian piece, perhaps by the same manufacturer giving the similarity of construction and size. It is difficult to make an exact attribution for needlelaces like this, and Point de Milan appears to have been made both in Italy and Belgium.  But I’m leaning toward Italy on both.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos on either piece.
Soilage: Seller cites some oxidation marks on both.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases on both, with other irregular creasing.

191780421333   191780525021
Sold for £75.00, 6 bidders.
Sold for £135.00, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zc2gjnr A LARGE VICTORIAN NEEDLE RUN BRIDAL VEIL – 71″ (180cm) x 67 1/2″ (171.5cm)
Size: 71″ x 67.5″
Starting Price: £75.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 12:20 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A square shawl of tambour embroidery with needlerun fillings on machine net.  Interesting pattern of single lines ending in curls.  The patterning is fairly dense along the edges and in the corners, with large sprays used in the center as esprits.  I won’t venture a guess on origin.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few localized holes in the tulle near one motif. A few other small holes and pinholes.  The holes are fairly minor.
Soilage: Age marking in one corner.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles. The tulle has a beautiful drape.

191778782913   Sold for £87.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jjjw4ox A VICTORIAN LAWN CENTERED HANDKERCHIEF WITH A HONITON BOBBIN LACE EDGING
Size: 15″ square
Starting Price: £15.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 12:28 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A Honiton guipure handkerchief with round center cloth. Snails/slugs style with round flowers all around the outside. The motifs are a bit hard to interpret in the corners, but look like some kind of bell-flower.  Woven tally leadworks used as fillings, and note the unusual ‘X’ shaped woven tallies used as brides. Well-woven work, an interesting example.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites some pinholes and tiny repairs in the center.
Soilage: Looks a little beige in color, but clean.
Finish: Remnants of horizontal fold crease, and some light wrinkling.

191779623544   Sold for £27.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z7ll6ft A VICTORIAN LAWN BRIDAL HANDKERCHIEF WITH BRUGE FLOWER LACE EDGING
Size: 13.5″ square
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 1:00 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: This handkerchief looks like a Bruges Bloemwerk or Duchesse product, but I think it’s something else.  The very close weave of the motifs and their more naturalistic appearance resemble Valenciennes de Gand, but without the appropriate mesh.  I’m thinking it might be a product of Ghent.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites one broken bride.
Soilage: Lace looks a little beige in contrast to the white cloth center.
Finish: Slight creasing in the cloth.

191779606411   Sold for £41.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jawz2v5 1.5 METRE LENGTH OF LATE 19TH CENTURY SPANISH RET-FI HAND MADE BLACK SIL LACE
Size: 2-1/8″ x 1.5 meters.
Starting Price: £5.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 1:02 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A narrow Catalonian Blonde (ret-fi) border. The rather Moorish design is very typical, the narrow width is not.  The fillings are more a 6-pointed star than honeycomb, this is also typical of Spanish blondes.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends.
Damage:  Holes in the ground, especially at one end. One break in the foot edge.
Soilage: Unclear, the black might be a little rusted.
Finish: General wrinkling.

191780543321   Sold for £7.50, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h4lyl3z A VINTAGE LAWN CENTERED HANDKERCHIEF WITH BEDFORDSHIRE BOBBIN LACE EDGING
Size: 10.5″ square
Starting Price: £4.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 1:07 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A Beds handkerchief with a ‘G’ monogram. This type of Beds is a bit unusual – no floral work and a heavy emphasis on trails. Woven tallies are almost the same importance as the trails.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Slight creasing in the center cloth.

191780545592   Sold for £7.50, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hgbn5dx A VICTORIAN HONITON LACE APPLIQUE BONNET VEIL OR APRON WITH ORIGINAL SILK RIBBON
Size: 42.25″ x 36″
Starting Price: £40.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 1:12 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A bonnet veil of bobbinlace applique on machine net. I think it’s English because of the extensive use of woven tally leadworks in the fillings, and no sign of any needlelace. I especially like the fillings used for the bottom row of flowers. Excellent technique in the delicate floral work, however there are no esprits in the main body of the tulle. Which might make it a less effective veil.  Note the ribbon at the top survives, and I don’t think this ribbon is something sturdy enough be of use in an apron.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1830-1840
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  A few repairs to the tulle, lower right corner.  Also a few loose threads.
Soilage: Some localized brown spotting.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

191779614090   Sold for £37.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jlk2sk7 VICTORIAN MALTESE LACE COMMEMORATIVE PANEL WITH BIBBY SHIELD, CREST & MOTTO
Size: 20″ square
Starting Price: £20.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 1:29 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: An unusual and well worked Maltese heraldic panel. You rarely see figural work in Maltese and this is an excellent example. Note the complex ground in the middle part where woven leaf crosses are contained in quatrafoil enclosures. You also see fond chant used as a ground, sign of a better manufacturer. The weaving is tight and the motifs well defined. I wonder if this is a memorial piece, perhaps for someone who died in battle. Just a thought.  Fascinating piece.
Provenance: Crest appears to be from the Bibby family, note the name Edward Bibby in the design.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.  Looks well cared for.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

191779600736   Sold for £132.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hzrkn75 Antique Wedding Cap Fine Lace  Head Dress Bonnet Honiton Handmade Bride Veil
Size: 28 cm x 32 cm
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 1:55 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller banderllon, Thatcham, United Kingdom
Comments: Caps of Honiton do come up occasionally. This one is snails/slugs style, well constructed with good tally/leadwork fillings.  I’m not sure if the frill and cap back are original to the piece, but it all goes together well.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

262231050007   Sold for £37.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/guvzqxs EXCEPTIONAL & OUTSTANDING BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE LACE WEDDING HANDKERCHIEF
Size: 28 cm x 32 cm
Starting Price: $19.99 with reserve
Auction ends: January 18, 2016, 7:48 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linden-antiques, Linden, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A high-end market Point de Gaze handkerchief. No raised work, little in the way of decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Romantic floral design, not completely naturalistic, but it fills the space very well. Note the diagonal key design just inside the outer edge. Also note how lines of the mesh move in a circle around the inner cloth, not all one direction.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Ecru color with a few small reddish stains.
Finish: One diagonal crease in the center cloth.

391362855373   $260.00, 8 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/zcfasjf *Col en dentelle ancienne de Malte antique maltese lace collar
Size: 22 cm inner diameter, 48 cm outer diameter, 160 cm outer circumference
Starting Price: 40.00 EUR, 56.00 EUR Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 19, 2016, 11:21 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Rhône-Alpes, France
Comments: A Maltese circular piece with no opening. I think I see a split seam where the outer and inner borders are joined, but it’s inconsistent with a bertha.  This form comes up occasionally, usually in a heavy lace like Irish Crochet.  It’s hard to imagine it’s a bertha collar since if  you sewed it to a dress there would be difficulties in getting dressed.  Don’t laugh, but I have an idea that these might be furnishing pieces, perhaps a lampshade cover?
Whatever it is, this one is well made with a fond chant ground. It’s almost entirely well  done guipure, and I like the woven leaves used as wheat ears in the motifs along the inner border.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st half 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional weakness on inner edge.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

401052767174   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jmblx39 LOVELY ANTIQUE MIXED LACE BRUSSELS/POINT DE GAZE DUCHESSE COLLAR MINT COND
Size: 38″ long, 4″ max, 1″ min width.
Starting Price: $175.00
Auction ends: January 19, 2016, 7:00 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 2posies4u, Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
Comments: A collar with long front points of Point de Gaze. Double raised petals on the roses, and there are elaborate grids of decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Typical romantic floral design, a bit crowded.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Minor very small hole on outer edge. PtdG mesh looks good.
Soilage: Seller notes ‘a bit off white color’.
Finish: Looks a bit shrunken, probably from a past wash.

231811984078   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jn9fryn PRECIOUS 19THC BELGIAN POINT DE GAZE DOLL BONNET IN ORIGINAL BOX SILK LINING
Size: 18″ inner circumference – not sure what that means.
Starting Price: $249.99 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 20, 2016, 12:02 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller seltmeister, simmerath, Germany
Comments: A small bonnet of Point de Gaze lined with silk, with tie ribbons. Could be for a doll (it is photographed on a doll, but I don’t know the doll size) or for a baby. No raised work, no elaborate decorative ‘mode’ fillings. There is a cap back, and the side and top is one piece lightly gathered around this piece. Hard to tell if it was made specifically for this form, but the photos are interesting in that they show the construction of such a piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Looks unused.

111855079828   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hwddcka Point de Gaze Bertha collar-Point de Rose
Size: 65 cm diameter. 96 cm neckline, lace is 18 cm deep.
Starting Price: £550.00
Auction ends: January 20, 2016, 5:29 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller nana8peaks, Limeuil, Aquitaine, France
Comments: A higher-end market Point de Gaze bertha with fairly wide lace. Double raised petals in the roses.  The seller makes an interesting comment, that scented pads were sometimes placed beneath the petals. I haven’t heard that before, but I have seen cotton padding in some pieces of Point de Gaze under the petals. I always assumed it was for shaping, but this opens another possibility. Seems like a lot of work to go to in an era where everyone was already drenched in perfume. And the the possibility of damaging the fabric is large.
The design is a rather open romantic floral with extensive decorate ‘mode’ fillings. More naturalistic than is usually found in such berthas.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Occasional pinhole in the mesh.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory color, and some small spots.
Finish: Looks unused.

191781841998   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/zxqpslv VERY LONG TRIM IN BRUXELLES LACE 208″ BEAUTIFUL AND RARE
Size: 3.2″ x 208″
Starting Price: $1,499.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 20, 2016, 8:23 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller elias*123, Boro, Italy
Comments: A pieced bobbinlace with a Dieppe ground. I’m a bit confused by the header. There’s a cloth stitch band below the engrelure which anchors the ground. The top part of each set of motifs in the repeat seems to overlap this and, or perhaps the band itself does something at this point (Or maybe this is the back side of the lace). Hard to tell what’s going on without more closeups. The motifs are florals with leaves, not really a Duchesse style, but I don’t know what else to call this.  Unusual, interesting item.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end. Wide engrelure added.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller says that the color is white.
Finish: Looks unused.

272083760474   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/h9hp8re antique french Chantilly lace shawl veil with flaws
Size: ~50″ x 114″
Starting Price: $70.00
Auction ends: January 20, 2016, 9:57 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Gaillard, France
Comments: A triangular Chantilly shawl with romantic drooping floral design. Impressive effect, and I’m having a hard time telling how the strips are oriented (these shawls were always made in narrow strips sewn together with racroc stitch). It’s a little anecdotal, but French products as usually assigned a very thin thread giving an overall grayish look to the piece. Belgian would have a heavier thread.  Hard to tell in this case, but I’m leaning toward France.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Seller does an excellent job of documentation. Two racroc splits (I’m not sure where those are), holes at the center top, and a few smaller holes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: Looks unused.

301846020522   Sold for $273.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gsv8qog Antique/vintage early East European lace border
Size: 20″ x 60″
Starting Price: £15.00
Auction ends: January 20, 2016, 11:14 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: I’m wondering if this is a Pescocostanzo piece.  The top narrow edge has the slightly abstract motifs typical of that lace, along with the plaited 6-pointed star ground often seen in that region. The lower border is more a tape-lace, symmetric, almost Milanese design, but with the same ground. You usually don’t see this in Pescocostanzo, and the motifs are not very refined. It might be a marriage between two different, but closely related lacemaking regions.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Top edge added separately, bottom I can’t see well in the photos. Also can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage:  Small holes throughout, and some small repairs. Worn edge at the top.
Soilage: Seller cites dark ecru color.
Finish:  A little wrinkled.

331753621045   Sold for £38.99, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gwnydkc HANDMADE SPANISH BRIDAL MANTILLA/VEIL, 100″LX53″2 100% SILK ALENCON LACE, IVORY
Size: 53″ x 100″
Starting Price: $1,150.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 20, 2016, 3:52 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller creative63jcp, Tampa, Florida, United States
Comments: A large rectangular shawl of embroidered net (see seller’s notes on use in Catholic weddings). The needlerun embroidery resembles similar pieces using colored silks on black tulle. Probably a Spanish piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos, but there aren’t many closeups.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  No obvious wrinkles or creases.

161834939203   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/h4quaty ANTIQUE LACE- 120″ OF FINE FLANDERS BOBBIN LACE
Size: 8″ x 120″
Starting Price: $175.00
Auction ends: January 21, 2016, 7:52 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: A wide border of ‘Old Flanders’ pieced lace with a needle-made ground. Sort of a cross between the coarser Punto de Milan and Point d’Angleterre. Nicely worked motifs with what looks like a honeycomb variation filling. Probably a Belgian piece.
Provenance: “Part of a lace collection that has some provenance as the family were close friends with Marion Powys while she lived in New York.”
Date: 4th quarter 19th c, maybe early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut. Engrelure added.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean, although seller says it has been stored in a trunk and needs laundering.
Finish:  Vertical fold creases.

151952589739   Sold for $175.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/hkeo4rb ANTIQUE LACE- TWO FLOUNCES FOR DRESSMAKER,CRAFTS
Size: I thinks it’s the 6″ x 72″ one.
Starting Price: $19.99
Auction ends: January 21, 2016, 8:15 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: One of these is machine made, but the second looks like a Belgian Chantilly flounce (Bucks is a possibility, but I’m leaning toward Chantilly). Kat stitch at the top and point ground below.  All the clothwork is half stitch, and it uses honeycomb fillings, qhite a crisp, well executed design.
Provenance: “Part of a lace collection that has some provenance as the family were close friends with Marion Powys while she lived in New York.”
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos. Seller says part of one heading is cut, but doesn’t say which one.
Soilage: Looks clean, although seller says it has been stored in a trunk and needs laundering.
Finish:  Vertical fold creases.

391366086911   Sold for $34.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zpoy4pk ANTIQUE LACE- FINE FLANDERS LACE W/URNS,FLOWERS
Size: 10″ x 30″
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: January 21, 2016, 9:01 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: A modern copy of late 17th early 18th C Flemish bobbinlace. This one has a symmetric ‘candelabra’ design with a needle-made ground. I can’t see what the exact stitch is, but given the Point de Gaze style fillings, it might also be PtdG, but in a slightly heavy thread. An Alençon-type mesh is also a possibility. The bobbinlace is an ‘Old Flanders’ style. One might call this Point d’Angleterre, but the general style is off.
Provenance: “Part of a lace collection that has some provenance as the family were close friends with Marion Powys while she lived in New York.”
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean, although seller says it has been stored in a trunk and needs laundering.
Finish:  No obvious creases or winkles.

151952637691   Sold for $131.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jnyjth9 ANTIQUE LACE- FINE FLANDERS LACE W/URNS,FLOWERS
Size: not given
Starting Price: £6.00
Auction ends: January 21, 2016, 12:02 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A small Honiton guipure collar. Snails/slugs style, nicely executed with irregular picoted brides.. I think this is a complete collar even though the right end doesn’t exactly match the left end.  Measurements are not given which doesn’t help deciding.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One motif missing, perhaps original design?
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  No obvious creases or winkles.

331754460308   Sold for £8.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z9d744u Late 18th C. handmade English bobbin lace CAP BACK – COLLECT STUDY
Size: ~9.25″ x 8.5″
Starting Price: $95.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 21, 2016, 2:34 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A cap back of bobbin-made motifs with droschel ground. The leadworks are extensive – mostly in the trails. So England is a possibility. Quite a geometric design, but consistent with late 18th c design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Pinholes and small holes in the mesh and fillings.  Edges ragged in places.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  No obvious creases or winkles.

141877634885   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/jcjorks Fabulous Brussels Duchesse Point De Gaze Lace Hanky with Monograms
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $149.00
Auction ends: January 21, 2016, 6:13 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller antique-monograms, Reno, Nevada, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze handkerchief with monograms, also in Point de Gaze. No raised work, and it has excellent decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Note the alternating strips all around the border. This is a high-end market piece with an elegant design and excellent execution.
The monograms are a little confusing, two ‘Ls’ and something else.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  No obvious creases or winkles.

151950706625   Sold for $149.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/zyx5tkc Antique Hand Made Bobbin Lace Handkerchief
Size: 16″ x 15″
Starting Price: $0.99
Auction ends: January 22, 2016, 12:03 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller bluebird1922, Longniddry, United Kingdom
Comments: A handkerchief of floral Bucks. Mayflower fillings, and note the woven tally square esprits in the ground. Pieces like this with an edge made for the form rarely come up for sale on Ebay. Although you do see some with straight borders attached to a center cloth.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  A few pinholes in the mesh, and in the center cloth.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

321977425580   Sold for £33.56, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hvee7s6 ANTIQUE DRESDEN PORCELAIN FIGUREINE “THE LACE MAKER” by CARL THIEME
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $250.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 22, 2016, 12:48 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller memorablefinds, Apollo Beach, Florida, United States
Comments: I haven’t seen this one before. Carl Thieme was a Saxony porcelain designer. This piece is supposed to be a replica of an earlier Meissen figure, however the only Meissen lacemaker I know if is a woman making bobbin lace, perhaps Barbara Uttmann (see below – I’m not sure of her raised hand position. It varies in other examples). The figure here is obviously tatting.  This is not my area of experise, but it is a lovely figure.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  N/A

231815192849   d5145758x   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/zxhlb99 antique french Chantilly lace veil shawl
Size: 24″ x 47″
Starting Price: $45.00
Auction ends: January 23, 2016, 11:19 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Gaillard, France
Comments: A Chantilly hat veil with the original drawstring ribbon. Interesting symmetric vertical design elements which occupy an unusually large area on the sides and bottom.  Small sprigs used as esprits.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Small holes in upper right corner.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish:  The piece is shown ruffled along the drawstring, hard to access the finish.

401056309714   Sold for $46.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j69luu2 Handmade late 18th C. Valenciennes bobbin lace lappets with added matching lace
Size: 32″ x 4″ each.
Starting Price: $185.00
Auction ends: January 23, 2016, 12:58 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A pair of late 18th c round hole Valenciennes lappets. Several matching pieces have been added to the ends – these might be the remains of the ruffle that would have surrounded a cap back.  The design is quite simple, and is often seen in borders that sometimes go under the name Valenciennes Anglaise.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Additional pieces added to the tops of the lappets.
Damage:  A little minor fraying along the picoted edges.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  Horizontal fold creases.

141879263338   Sold for $185.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/jy5xcc4 Single late 18th C. Handmade Belgian Mechlin bobbin lace lappet
Size: ~22″ x 2.5 to 3.75″
Starting Price: $145.00
Auction ends: January 23, 2016, 1:18 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A Mechlin lappet of the style associated with the latter part of the reign of Louis XV. The picot edge is a later addition. The fillings are a plaited “round” mesh with exceptionally long side – something often seen in Mechlin of this date. The design is quite naturalistic and a nice contrast to some contemporary Mechlin where the motifs tend to get a little blocky.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Picot edge a later addition. Engrelure added at the top, I’m not sure if this edge was cut.
Damage:  A few breaks in the fillings. Mesh looks quite good. Unknown problem at the top right edge.
Soilage: Occasional small spot.
Finish:  Horizontal fold creases.

141879275617   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hcoordx Couture quality 19th c. handmade English Honiton bobbin lace yardage COLLECT
Size: 3-5/8″ x 1-2/3 yards
Starting Price: $195.00
Auction ends: January 23, 2016, 1:41 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: An advanced Honiton border. I especially like the square mesh with the little circular pendants dropping from the upper corner of each – I’ve never seen this before.  The work is closely woven with minimal use of leadworks.  The flowers seem to come off a little better than the pendant leaves. This is quite a sophisticated piece, and reminds me a bit of Beds, especially with the looped edges of the brides.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Ends are finished, one might be original.
Damage:  Some breaks in the flowers along the lower border.
Soilage: Seller cites an ecru color with slight grey cast.  Also says it has been washed clean, but gives no details on the process.
Finish:  Horizontal fold creases.

131702903540   Sold for $195.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/zze5xwu EXQUISITE ANTIQUE BRUSSELS LACE WITH POINT DE GAZE INSERTS SHAWL COLLAR LAPPET W
Size:52″ half-width. 11.5″ deep at back, 10.5″ wide at lappet ends.
Starting Price: $699.99
Auction ends: January 23, 2016, 3:23 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linden-antiques, Linden, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A shawl collar with long front lappets of Duchesse de Bruxelles. Raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts, minimal decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Some raised work in the bobbinlace against a halfstitch ground.  Conventional motifs, all a little large in keeping with the scale of the piece. It does look like this was made all in one piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  A few pinholes in the Point de Gaze mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish:  No obvious creases or wrinkles. A piece this impressive in scale would probably have seen very minimal use.

231816333641   231816333641a   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/juy7ybg wide antique handmade gold thread bobbin lace
Size:52″ half-width. 11.5″ deep at back, 10.5″ wide at lappet ends.
Starting Price: $280.00
Auction ends: January 24, 2016, 10:41 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Gaillard, France
Comments: A gold metallic border with floral design – that’s unusual. I’ve been talking with the seller after I saw an impressive gold lace with a Buy-it-Now price sell so fast that it never made it to the Ebay Alerts (#401043516268).  More will be coming.
I’ve seen examples of this along with the huge bobbins used in making it in the Arenys de Mar lace museum.  It is difficult to date since it was made in from the 18th century, and likely earlier.  The technique hasn’t changed much over the years.  This example is made solely of gold-wrapped silk core threads, no flat strips, and is of more complex design than usually seen.  Such metallic laces don’t come up for sale very often.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end.
Damage:  Visible end is frayed.
Soilage: Looks clean – these often have tarnish, so this might argue for a little later date.
Finish:  No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301847933528  Sold for $280.00, 1 bidder.

 

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Lace Event Ireland: The Lace Trail, A Celebration of Irish Lacemaking, Kinsale – March 21-25, 2016

 The Lace Trail, A Celebration of Irish Lace Making
Sponsor:  Traditional Lace Makers of Ireland
Place:
Trident Hotel
Kinsale, Ireland
Date:  Monday March 21 through Friday March 15, 2016
Time:  See Itinerary below
Website:  http://www.traditionallaceireland.com/index.html
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TraditionalLacemakersOfIrelandTheGathering
Information: veronicastuart@gmail.com
Registration:
4 nights B&B, 2 evening meals,  €235.00 per person sharing
€290.00 for a single room
To book a place call the Trident at 021 4779300 or email veronicastuart@gamail.com

Classes:
Classes for beginning and advanced students will be held with qualified teachers on:
Carrickmacross, Limerick, Bandon, Limerick, Mountmellick,
Irish Crochet, Youghal Needlepoint

Itinerary:
Monday March 21st
Morning/ Afternoon:- National and International Lace makers gather throughout the day
Evening Dinner @ 6.30pm

Tuesday March 22nd
Morning: Classes in the Harpoon Suite,  10AM to 1 PM
Exhibition, Schooner Lounge, 10AM to 1PM
Afternoon: Discover Kinsale
Evening: Free Time

Wednesday March 23rd
Morning:  Classes in the Harpoon Suite,  10AM to 1 PM
Exhibition, Schooner Lounge, 10AM to 1PM
Afternoon: Lace talk by Jacqui Barber from Essex
Evening: Dinner at 6:30 PM

Thursday March 24th
Morning: Classes in the Harpoon Suite, Trident Hotel
Exhibition, Schooner Lounge, 10AM to 1PM
Afternoon: Free Time to explore Kinsale
Evening: Free time

Friday March 14th
For every Gathering, there is a Scattering
We hope you all enjoy the week in Kinsale and that the Lace Making goes well. We will wish you a safe journey home and we may just do it all again !!!!!!!!!

Visit Kinsale Museum where antique lace pieces can be studied.

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-seven items – January 10, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/z587hdy ANTIQUE ESTATE HAND BRUSSELS LACE YARDAGE
Size: 3″ x 50″
Starting Price: $75.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 10, 2016, 12:58 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller heartnsoul1, Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A border of Duchesse de Bruges with irregular picoted brides.  Short repeat, some raised work against halfstitch background in the ribbonwork. Conventional motifs, nicely done with a slightly flat open appearance.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Seller cites a few broken brides. Might be some separation along the lower edge.
Soilage: Localized brown spotting.
Finish: Vertical creasing.

331705788456   Unsold as of 1/14/2016 5:19 PM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/h7fmogw ANTIQUE Brussels Lace Lappets Ornate long Victorian Wedding Veil Tiera
Size: ~28″ long
Starting Price: $29.99
Auction ends: January 10, 2016, 5:42 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller raggedyandrea, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: I’ll call this a collar of Bloemwerk although some motifs are a bit more complex, more like Duchesse. No raised work, just a thick thread gimp which is more typical of Bloemwerk. Thread seems a little thick, but nicely in keeping with the design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few broken threads marked in the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

351619934791  No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/h9zg5jh Preziosa trina ecclesiastica XIX s rocchetto n.6 circonferenza 270 cm alt 50 cm
Size: 50 cm x 270 cm circumference. cuffs 42 x 25 cm (not sure what that means).
Starting Price: 1,150.00 EUR Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 3:24 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller adeledeluca, Roma, Italy
Comments: This is an interest set, probably an alb flounce and cuffs. At first glance one might think Teneriffe, however the seller calls it ” trina ad ago a punto Malta”, basically Maltese needlelace.  I’ve never heard that term and am not aware of Sol laces in Malta. I’d like to suggest that this is a Spanish piece.  There is a class of Catalonian drawnwork usually dated to the 17th c (see last photo for a piece in my own collection), which are considered some of the first Sol laces. The piece on Ebay is not a drawnwork, but it might have derived from this tradition.
I’ve been looking at the online collection of the Arenys de Mar Museo Marès del Encaje and can’t find anything definitive, although they have a number of the Catalonian drawnworks.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None – no seams.  Tape header added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: I believe the seller says it has been washed to remove the yellowing. Not certain of the translation.
Finish: Vertical fold creases noticeable in the header cloth.

131674260865   131674260865a   Solc
Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/j6l7tkv 19TH C HAND MADE ROSALINE LACE CLOTH W EMBROIDERED LINEN CENTER
Size: 26″ diameter.
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:02 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A whitework embroidery tablecloth edged with a Belgian pieced lace often going under the name “Point de Flandre”.  It comes in both a large motif and a smaller motif form. The second form resembles Rosaline in design, but with slightly larger motifs, and no raised work. This and Rosaline are certainly related.  Note also the ‘islands’ in the irregular picoted brides, which might speak to a Bruges origin.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Diagonal fold creases.

301841711003   $63.99, 4 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/zvhls5d ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY HAND MADE TAPE LACE CAPE COLLAR
Size: 18″ neckline, 11.5″ back depth
Starting Price: $29.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:02 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A deep collar of “Point de Flandre”, of the larger motif type (see previous review). This is a pieced lace, and again note the ‘islands’ in the brides, which might indicate a Bruges origin. Sometimes this lace is called “Old Flanders”. The elaborate fillings also bear a similarity to some Milanese work.  The design is symmetric with a single motif at the back.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: The neckpiece might be a separate addition.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

301841711004a   301841711004   Sold for $57.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gu8g4qy 19TH C FINE HAND MADE DUCHESSE BOBBIN LACE HANDKERCHIEF – ESTATE FRESH
Size: 13″ square
Starting Price: $29.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:02 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A handkerchief of Duchesse de Bruges. Conventional motifs with some raised work against halfstitch background in the corner scrolls.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical fold crease in the photo.

291654323883   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/zvx78s9 EXQUISITE 19TH C HAND MADE BRUSSELS MIXED LACE HANDKERCHIEF W FLORALS
Size: 12″ square
Starting Price: $79.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:06 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A handkerchief of Duchesse de Bruxelles, no raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts. Motifs are conventional, a little on the Bloemwerk side, but the use of circular curves in the overall design is impressive. Even to the circular flower in the PtdG.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites minor age color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301841713249   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/he97sbf MOST EXCEPTIONAL HAND MADE POINT DE GAZE LACE HANDKERCHIEF W BASKETS OF FLORALS
Size: 14″ square
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:11 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze handkerchief with figural work – a basket of flowers in each corner. Raised petal roses with diamond pattern holes in the raised and other flower petals. The decorative ‘mode’ fillings are subtle – with the exception of the flower at the bottom of the baskets. Complex romantic floral design, a little crowded.  This is a high-end market piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291654326642   Sold for $898.00, 12 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jp79kps A VICTORIAN BRUGE FLOWER LACE BERTHA COLLAR – Hand Made Bobbin Lace
Size: 38″ neckline, 6″ deep.
Starting Price: £15.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:11 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A Bruges Bloemwerk bertha collar with a short repeat.  Note the ‘islands’ joining the picoted brides, and this is occasionally also used as a filling.  Conventional motifs. Berthas in Bloemwerk are unusual.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900.
Condition:
Modifications: Seller cites two joins, but I’m having trouble finding them.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks a little yellow in the photo, but this may not be true color.
Finish: Vertical fold creases.

191773198489   Sold for 29.13, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jt2y4zs Massive Hand Made 19th  Century Brussels Lace Veil or Shawl~Dentelle De Bruxelles
Size: 96″ x 72″
Starting Price: £10.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:18 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller happy-fella, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Comments: A veil of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net.  It looks oval in shape, probably a wedding veil. The design goes in a thin border around the outer edge, with a larger flower spray at one end. Needle-made fillings or rings, sometimes in grid pattern.  Numerous esprits in the entire ground, small sprigs nearer the ends, which is a sign of a better piece. But the sparse, fairly simple design gives it a very light look overall.
Provenance: Local estate in Brighton, previous owner was a costume designer.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Tulle appears to be intact, but not a lot of closeups for such a large piece.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

201496569645   Sold for 264.00, 15 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gslw7p4 A TOTAL OF 3.22 METRES OF VICTORIAN HONITON LACE APPLIQUE IN THREE PIECES.
Size: 6-5/8″ x (28.5″, 28.5″, 68″).
Starting Price: £18.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 12:46 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: Three pieces of a border of Honiton applique on machine net. Snails/slugs style with carefully executed flowers. Woven tally fillings in several patterns nicely done. Small sprigs and circles are used as esprits.  Honiton applique borders in this style rarely do so much esprit work.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut ends, finished in the longer piece.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a little age marking in some motifs.
Finish: Random creasing.

191773224970   Sold for 33.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jdhn36k ESTATE FRESH ANTIQUE 19TH C HAND MADE DUCHESSE BOBBIN LACE HANDKERCHIEF
Size: 13″ square
Starting Price: $79.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 1:03 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruges handkerchief. No raised work, conventional motifs nicely worked and arranged.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a little age marking in some motifs.
Finish: Faint horizontal and vertical fold creases.

301841745276   Sold for $79.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/jdlzoqc ANTIQUE EARLY 19TH C HANDMADE VERY FINE CLUNY LACE CUFF & COLLAR SET
Size: cuffs: 3″ x 12.5″.  Collar 2″ x 24″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 1:05 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A set of Rosaline perlé collar and 2 cuffs. Photos aren’t close enough to tell if the perls are needle or bobbin-made.  Good typical design, nicely made.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.  Sewn onto blue paper.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: All pieces look clean.
Finish: Some fold creases aligned with the blue paper.

301841746343   $155.00, 5 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/jd2bqo6 HAND MADE BRABANT BOBBIN LACE COLLAR & CUFF SET W FLORALS
Size: cuffs: 4″ x 8.5″.  Collar 4″ x 24″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 1:05 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: Matching collar and cuffs of Point d’Angleterre.  This is bobbinlace motifs with a Point de Gaze ground, a later 19th c development. It can be very impressive with elaborate decorative needle-made fillings. This set has some unusual diamond esprit patterns in the ground – hard to do in Point de Gaze. Good symmetric design with quite small motifs.
Provenance: Acquired from a museum collection.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.  Sewn onto blue paper.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: All pieces look clean.
Finish: Some fold creases aligned with the blue paper.

291654357652   Sold for $200.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z4sc4cn A VICTORIAN HONITON POINT LACE COLLAR & CUFF SET WITH ROSE & TULIP FLOWERS
Size: cuffs: 4.25″ x 9.75″. collar: 44″neckline, 5.5″ center back depth.
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 1:15 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A Honiton Point set of collar and matching cuffs. The ‘point’ means it has a needlelace ground. Snail/slugs style – the single flower at the tip of the back collar doesn’t really match other motifs.  Otherwise things are nicely executed with small woven tally leadwork fillings.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites some light staining at the back of the collar.
Finish: Vertical fold creases in the collar.

191773195161   Sold for £42.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j7g9972 ANTIQUE LINENS-FINE ITALIAN REFLECTORY TABLECLOTH,POSSIBLY AEMILIA ARS SOCIETY
Size: 131-132″ x 38-40″
Starting Price: $595.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 2:15 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A table cover  of bands of cutwork, burato, and plaited bobbinlace.  The overall condition, and the ornaments on the edges of the bobbinlace mark this as a later piece. I don’t think it’s Ameila Ars, since they specialize in needlelace, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out. It’s probably a Northern Italian product.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

151622821984   Unsold as of 1/14/2016 5:26 PM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/zgw3d9a CIVIL WAR ERA EXQUISITE CHANTILLY LACE MANTLE / CAPE W RICH BOTANICALS
Size: 40″ long, 15″ back depth.
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 5:33 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A small, roughly triangular shawl of Chantilly with shaping around the neck and front.  Amost a deep collar. The light grayish tone to the black silk thread is indicative of finer thread, probably a French piece. 2nd Empire romantic floral design, no ombré shading.
Provenance: Acquired from a private museum collection.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles, but this is also difficult to tell from the photos.

301841919568   301841919568a   Sold for $195.00, 9 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gqyfep4 CIVIL WAR ERA EXQUISITE CHANTILLY LACE STOLE W ROSE & DAFFODIL PATTERNS
Size: 11″ to 3″ x 100″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 5:36 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A long lappet scarf of Chantilly – an unusual form with the widened ends. I’ve sen things like this but only in combination with a shawl collar or headpiece, not as a standalone scarf. Romantic floral design, and again, the fineness of the thread might indicate French manufacture.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301841920752   Sold for $350.00, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ztd9q7v VICTORIAN 19TH C SILK TULLE SHAWL W EMBROIDERED FLORALS THROUGHOUT
Size: 26″ x 91″
Starting Price: $29.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 5:36 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: These black embroidered nets come up occasionally, and can be spectacular when done with colored silks. Here the silver thread needlerun design on black net is quite impressive. I believe they are Spanish in origin, but not certain.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites six tiny repairs.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles, but there are a few fold lines as it hangs down that aren’t entirely clear.

291654522958   $29.00, 1 bidder, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/zezrs4o MOST EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR ERA CHANTILLY LACE MANTLE / STOLE W SHADED FLORALS
Size: 12″ x 52″
Starting Price: $29.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: January 11, 2016, 5:36 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A rectangular Chantilly shawl, note the fine esprits in the ground. Floral and leaf design along all borders, and the fine thread may again indicate French manufacture.  No ombré shading.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One separation in an edge flower at one end.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301841920802   301841920802a   Sold for $150.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h2thwgk Brussels Applique Bobbin Lace Fan Leaf / Lace Fans
Size: 18″ wide, 4.5″ deep.
Starting Price: $35.00
Auction ends: January 12, 2016, 5:36 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller textiles2012, Hydes, Maryland, United States
Comments: A fan leaf of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net.  The spray of flowers partially across the piece has an Art Nouveau feel. The motifs are a bit large, and the edging rather conventional. But I like the overall effect, especially combined with the esprits. A few needlemade ring and knot fillings.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One small hole in the tulle at one end.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

262225820956   Sold for $76.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h34ep7v Antique 19thc. Bobbin Lace Panel / Baskets of Flowers
Size: 6″ x 22″
Starting Price: $35.00
Auction ends: January 12, 2016, 6:00 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller textiles2012, Hydes, Maryland, United States
Comments: A panel of what I’ll call ‘pottenkant’ lace, probably a Dutch product. WEll defined flower pots filled with flowers. This is an assembled piece with a narrow border on top, and a much smaller torchon-like edging all the way around. Fond chant ground, which is not unusual in pottenkant lace.  This is more a style than an absolute technique – you see this theme carried out in several types of laces.  Note the interesting fillings, and both half and whole stitch in the motifs.  The gimp has a Mechlin flavor.
I always have a copy of Emil Hannover’s Tønderske Kniplinger book at hand. He documents many different variations continuous laces, and this two-part construction is especially evident in Lille laces.  Probably because they were meant to fit on headwear.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Assembled
Damage: A few small holes throughout.
Soilage: Looks clean, maybe a little yellow.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

252238973708   Sold for $96.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h6ytyno Rare 18th -19thc. Lace Casket w/Mechlin, Needle Alencon Lace etc.
Size: Alençon 3″ x 50″, Brussels applique 4″ x 27″, Valenciennes 1-3/4″ x 42″
Starting Price: $99.00
Auction ends: January 12, 2016, 6:00 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller textiles2012, Hydes, Maryland, United States
Comments: A lined box with three laces.  I’ll pass on the description of the box, since I’m not sure of its original purpose. There is one short piece of conventional Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net, one piece of later 18th c Herren Alençon with what might be brides bouclée, and an interesting Valenciennes with partridge eye ground, around 1740. This  last piece is of most interest, both for condition and the dense slightly geometric design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Alençon 4th quarter 18th c, Brussels applique 2nd half 19th c, Valenciennes ~1740.
Condition:
Modifications: One end looks cut on the application and Alençon, can’t see the rest. One join in the Valenciennes.
Damage: Alençon ground is rather frayed.  Not many photos of the lace.
Soilage: Val looks clean, others are a little yellowed.
Finish: Vertical fold creases in the Alençon.

262226233190  Sold for $187.50, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zcmbbwr Antique Honiton Lace Collar
Size: neckline 38 cm, front to point 26 cm
Starting Price: £8.99
Auction ends: January 14, 2016, 8:30 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller cloudnineuk, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Comments: A collar of Honiton applique on machine net. Snails/slugs style, conventional design. There’s some shaping in the front pieces on the inside, partially attached with an engrelure.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Small holes and a little fraying to the tulle in places. Signs of repair.
Soilage: Localized brown staining.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

262223763588   Sold for £10.50, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jlyoowc Brussels antique Point de Gaze needle lace COLLAR Unusual guipure design
Size: 12″ neckline, ~3″ deep.
Starting Price: $52.00
Auction ends: January 14, 2016, 1:40 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A collar of Point de Gaze, of a type I like to call Point de Gaze Guipure, since it doesn’t have the regular ground.  It does have a bride ground, which looks like bundles of threads loosely buttonholed, which go over into the cordonnet around the motifs.  This type of needlelace comes up on Ebay occasionally, I have several pieces in my collection.  Note the widely space looped picots on the edge of this piece, you see that on regular Point de Gaze but not often.  A good example of the type – quality can vary considerably.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None. Engrelure added along neckline.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory/ecru color.
Finish: Not quite crisp, perhaps from a past washing.

141871501880   Sold for $53.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jkcjfqm POINT de GAZE de BRUXELLES 4 m 25 x 33 cm MÉTRAGE ACCIDENTE pour DOCUMENT
Size: 33 cm x 4.25 m
Starting Price: 50.00 EUR
Auction ends: January 15, 2016, 12:12 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller zeneken, Rhône-Alpes, France
Comments: A fairly wide border of Point de Gaze, no raised work. Interesting dense design with esprits and some grids of decorative ‘mode’ fillings.  It’s a naturalistic design, but not the extreme naturalism of early pieces.  Slightly naive.  Condition is problematic.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Later 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end. Engrelure added.
Damage: Numerous holes, some quite large. Some attempt at repair by replacing missing mesh with tulle.
Soilage: A few small brown spots.
Finish: Some wrinkling along the engrelure.

371527149351   Listing cancelled.

http://tinyurl.com/hf9vea5 Antique Belgian Brussels Lace Jabot Handmade Point De Gaze
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $59.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 15, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller gattika, Quechee, Vermont, United States
Comments: A jabot with a Point d’Angleterre lace end. It might be a cuff, but fits very nicely on the linen.  Interesting, see the cuff/collar set reviewed above. The same diamond pattern is seen in the ground, although not made the same way (and the general design is different).  In this piece there are extensive ‘mode’ fillings, and note the raised rings in the centers of the small flowers.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Later 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creasing or wrinkles.

111851572021   No bids.

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