Lace Event UK: Norfolk Lacemakers Lace Day – March 1, 2014

Norfolk Lacemakers Annual Lace Day
Date:
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Place:
The Open Academy
Salhouse Road, Norwich NR7 9DL
Time:
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Website: http://www.norfolklacemakers.org.uk/
Facebook:  http://tinyurl.com/k8sq3cb
Contact:  http://www.norfolklacemakers.org.uk/contact_form.html

Speaker: Frances Bell, “Down Memory Lane”
Raffle:
proceeds donated to various charities
Exhibition:
Lace made or owned by members.

Tickets: £7.00 members, £8.00 non members. Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied, please bring your own lunch.
Contact:
Anne, 01953 882051

The Norfolk Lacemakers were founded in 1977 and are still going strong. Meetings are held bi-monthly on Saturdays, 10:00 to 16:00. The January meeting is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, May, July Sept and Nov on the 1st Saturday, at the City College, Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2LJ. Membership details are given at  http://tinyurl.com/lejs7tm. In 2012 they introduced a yearly 100 GBP award to assist members in textile-related research.

   Norwich

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Lace Event UK: Butser Lacemakers Lace Day – March 1, 2014

Butser Lacemakers Lace Day
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Place: The Memorial Hall
South Lane, Clanfield, Hants PO8 ORA
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Website:  http://www.easthampshire.org/groups/butser-lacemakers/

Speaker: Myfanwy Hart, “The Stitcher’s Kitchen”
Suppliers:  Claires Lace, probably others.

Tickets: £6.50, Cheque payable to Butser Lacmakers
SAE to Mrs. D. Gill, 14, Barnfield Road, Petersfield, Hants GU31 4DQ
Tel: 01730 262274

This is a small group of friendly ladies who would welcome new members. Bring along your craft; lacemaking, beading, embroidery, etc., exchange ideas and chat. They meet in the Napier Hall, Portsmouth Road, Horndean at 7PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Butser

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Lace Event UK: The Lace Guild 2014 Annual Convention – April 11-13, 2014

The Lace Guild 2015 Annual Convention
Date: Friday April 11 through Sunday, April 13, 2014
Place:
The Charles Hastings Centre
Royal Worcester Hospital, Worcester WR5 1DD
Email:
hollies@laceguild.org
Conference Web Site:
http://www.laceguild.demon.co.uk/events/convention.html
Conference Timetable: 
conventionTimetable2014
Booking Form, including fees:
conventionBookingForm2014
Send the registration form and payment to ‘Convention’, The Lace Guild, The Hollies, 53 Audnam, Stourbridge, DY8 4AE.
Registrations must arrive between February 10th and March 1st.

Agenda:
Friday April 11
16:00-19:00  Reception and Registration
18:00-22:00 Lace-In (with a break for supper)
18:30 Supper
Saturday April 12
9:00-17:00 Registration
12:30  Lunch
13:45 Business meeting AGM
18:30-19:00 Convention Dinner
After Dinner Talk  Elinor Kapp, author of Rigamorles and Ragamuffins
Sunday April 13
10:00-11:00 Mystery speaker (now revealed as Ann Collier)

Workshops:
Friday afternoon, April 11, 14:00 to 17:00
Louise West, “Contemporary Bedfordshire Leaf Pendants
Jennifer Williams, “Tatted Narcissus Brooch Pin
Shirley Berlin, “Braids and Beads”
Rosemary Green, “Mountmellick Embroidery”
Carol Hughes, “Carrickmacross Lace”
Saturday Morning, April 12, 9:30 to 12:30
Claire Allen, “Bobbin and Needlelace Flower Brooch, part 1″
Anna Winter, “Playing with Peas”
Deborah Robinson, “Crochet Wire Jewellery”
Sarah Thomas, “Little Books”
Alison Tolson, “Painting Lace Bobbins”
Sue Kalra, “Mini Imposed Workshop”
Eve Corrall, “Make a Lace Pet” – Young Lacemakers workshop (10:00 to 12:00)
Sunday Morning, April 13, 9:30 to 12:30
Claire Allen, “Bobbin and Needlelace Flower Brooch, part 2″
Jane Atkinson, “Going With The Flow – drawing fluid grids for expressive lace”
Sue Dane, “Brick Stitch Elements”
Rosemary Green, “A Taste of Gold”
Jean Rooke, “Beginner’s Needlelace
Deborah Robinson, “Finger Braiding” for non-members

Displays:
The Lace Guild Museum
98 Group
Glevum Lacemakers
Embroiders’ Guild

Suppliers from 4PM Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.
The Lace Guild, Claire’s Lace, The Guild of Needle Laces, Chris Parsons,
The Ring of Tatters, Margaret Wall, Wellhead Books (not Sunday), Baroque Beads,
Mulberry Silks, Turnstyle, Louise West
Also a 50/50 stand and Second Hand book sale in the Lace Guild library stand.

Lace Guild      Worcester

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-eight items – February 16, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/kqbhrat Divine antique Victorian black handmade Honiton applique tulle lace lappet scarf
Size:  14 cm x 105 cm
Starting Price: 32.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 11:20:35 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: Black Honiton does come up occasionally, probably used for mourning attire. This lappet scarf is fairly plain; one large flower spray at each end, and little sprigs throughout the ground, at least toward the ends.  Applique on machine net.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Again, nothing obvious, but the black color makes it hard to say definitely.

191066206102   Sold for 46.00 GBP, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/lnr2n93 Beautiful but damaged antique/vintage Duchesse and Point de Gaze lace panel
Size:  27.5″ x 40″
Starting Price: 35.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 11:20:55 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: This Duchesse de Bruxelles flounce is a higher end market piece, unfortunately only a section of the original.  Rose in Point de Gaze are well done with doubled or tripled petals, sometimes standing alone without a mesh.  It’s really the design that makes this piece.  There are decorative needle-made ‘mode’ elements, but not very inventive.  The bobbinlace is precise where it needs to be, and the whole design is given a real pop by the 3-D roses.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, which are then finished with a tape.
Damage: Primarily holes in the Point de Gaze net. Some fillings are loose, and occasional separation mainly along the lower border.
Soilage: From seller, “Has been washed and is now an old white colour.”

231155444864   Sold for 634.00 GBP, 12 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/lhroyhy Pretty antique Victorian black tulle lace shawl mantilla wrap 1880s
Size:  42cm x 170cm
Starting Price: 62.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 11:25:35 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: This is likely Spanish, a black silk Blonde bobbinlace shawl, more often known as ret-fi. Actually I’d look for the honeycomb fillings to be more 6-pointed stars in Spanish work, however the form and design of the piece are more in the Spanish taste. Could have been a French product made for export.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Seller cites some pinholes, minor.
Soilage: Looks good from the photos, but black color makes it hard to tell.

201034504537   Sold for 67.00 GBP, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/klge9sw Exquisite antique Victorian handmade Honiton lace shoulder cape veil mantilla
Size:  40 cm x 80 cm
Starting Price: 62.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 11:25:35 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: A hat veil of Honiton, part applique on machine net, and the bottom edge looks like it might have a needle-made ground, rather large meshes.  The motifs are turkey-tails around the outside edge, with both halfstitch and wholestich leafwork.    The tally fillings are there, but a little subdued.  This combination of applique and guipure is unusual.  Large sprigs in the ground, similar to the lappet scarf reviewed above. The design of both these pieces is more middle-market.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks OK, but hard to tell with the black color.

201034508276   Sold for 62.00 GBP, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/ljyfwc8 Long length antique Milanese Italian hand made lace 19th century
Size:  30 cm x 268 cm
Starting Price: 92.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 12:14:06 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom
Comments: A wide insertion of a Milanese design lace. This type of lace was extensively copied into the 19th century, so it’s very difficult to tell when it was made. It does have the earlier 6 pointed star plaited mesh, and the leaf fillings are small and tightly woven.  Some good decorative work in the tapes. From the look of the piece it might be linen.  Some of the fillings do look a bit strange for an early piece, they didn’t do too much with picots in early Milanese.  And I would expect much fancier upper and lower borders, and Milanese also didn’t really use the insertion form (same borders top and bottom).  So I think it’s a later piece, how much later is hard to tell.
Provenance:  Scottish house estate.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if it is cut.
Damage: Seller cites ‘one or two small breaks’.  I see a few small holes.  Mesh looks replaced in one small area.
Soilage: Seller says it is ‘freshly laundered’, but gives no (essential) details on the process.

191066270233   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/k64nwf8 ANTIQUE VICTORIAN EDWARDIAN MOURNING NEEDLE LACE BLACK BONNET VEIL TRIM FICHU
Size:  19.5″ x 39″
Starting Price: $19.95
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 13:33:24 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller chair29, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: There’s a good variety of black lace on Ebay this week, so I thought I’d add this one with another technique. This is a black bonnet veil of tambour embroidered net, note the ribbon strung through the top. The piece is draped over a bonnet with the string drawn tight so that you gather the veil around the back crown of the hat.  Little hard to explain.  I just strung a fine ribbon through a Honiton bonnet veil for a photo – took me an hour (spoiler alert – see the upcoming Piecework Lace issue).  The design is typical of Blonde de Caen work, with the large flower sprays along the border.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Draw-ribbon added (damaged at ends).
Damage: One large hole, more a separation, at lower right corner.  Pinholes in the tulle.
Soilage: Can’t much tell because of the black color.

251447257310   Sold for $32.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kefcewy EXQUISITE ANTIQUE BLONDE SILK CHANTILLY LACE SHAWL- FLORAL & VINE
Size:  25″ x 64″
Starting Price: $149.00
Auction ends: Feb 16, 2014 18:00:36 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller sewandso1, Sarasota, Florida, United States
Comments: A mantilla form, point ground lace, looks like it might be linen although would have to check with a microscope to make sure.  Not much in the way of fillings,  The large flowers have a gimp, the inner leaf and stem work does not. I’m going to speculate and say that it is Italian Punto Antico Aquilano made in the l’Aquila region.  My one documented example can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/lbt8hx2.  The form itself is more typical of Spain, but that might not mean much.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Faint age discoloration.

111274043695   111274043695a   Sold for $149.99, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/mo5pvyx Antique Bedfordshire lace handmade collar
Size:  15″ neckline, 3.75″ down center, 3.25″ down points.
Starting Price: 14.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 08:02:12 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A Beds dress front, note the raised leaves on half-stitch ground. Extensive trail work. The picoted bride fillings are a little unusual. These are all elements shared with Cluny laces, but Beds has a much lighter appearance.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites minor pulls.
Soilage: A little wrinkled, maybe from a past wash?

291077464852   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/ktqczw3 Antique Irish crochet handmade bertha collar
Size:   34″ neckline, 4.75″ deep.
Starting Price: 34.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 09:13:01 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments:  A ‘bertha’ type collar of Irish Crochet. The picots look like Clones knots.  Good tight work in the motifs with some raised rights at motif centers. Overall design is a bit scattered and I can’t find much symmetry. But it has a good, bold appearance.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites a few minor pulls. Some damage to upper corners of the ends.
Soilage: Looks clean in the photos.

291077504878   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/m8p2x5e Antique Brussels handmade applique lace length
Size:   3.5″ x 79″
Starting Price: 39.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 09:34:09 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments:  A narrow flounce of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net.  Good small motifs, a narrow repeat suitable for a lace meant to be ruffled. Esprits in the ground, and the design is fairly naturalistic.   Very simple needlelace fillings, basically knots.  A nice, delicate design.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, one end looks like it might be a natural termination. Engrelure added.
Damage: Seller cites some pulls in the tulle along the top edge.  Some small holes in the net, one separation along top edge.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos.

291077518962   Sold for 39.99 GBP, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/k46gz39 Antique Honiton lace handmade lovely Handkerchief
Size:   13.5″ square
Starting Price: 39.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 09:43:11 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments:  A Honiton guipure handkerchief, picoted plaited brides.  Well worked motifs which are rather simple, but a bit beyond the snails/slugs style.  Nice attachment to the central cloth, with what is probably a machine made decorated tape (can’t tell for certain).  The design is effective, due mainly to the strict arrangement of flowers and leaves around the edge. Pulls it together nicely.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Seller cites a few minor pulls, which I can’t really spot.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos.

291077525967   Sold for 54.99 GBP, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kzdsjph ANTIQUE LACE TWO LENGTHS OF HANDMADE BRUSSELS LACE APPLIQUEE PERFECT FOR DOLLS
Size:   2.25″ x (41″ and 62″)
Starting Price: $9.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 13:28:23 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller greatlace, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Comments:  Two lengths of the same pattern Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net.  Quite a vertical design, and most of it seems to have been done with the raised edge technique alone (called 10-stick in Honiton, not sure of the name in Belgium). Raised work on the tiny leaves, and I like the needlelace ‘spider’ ring in the open circles along the lower edge. Ring esprits in the upper ground, and used throughout as an accent.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: Lace is cut into two pieces.  All ends cut, engrelure added.
Damage: Seller cites two small holes, some repaired in the tulle (including a replaced section of net nicely done) and one small rust stain.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos, no creases.

221371924534   $45.00, 3 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/lav5fyp Belle dentelle ancienne Bruxelles application d’Angleterre XIXe
Size:   45 cm x 134 cm
Starting Price: 40.00 EUR
Auction ends: 18 févr. 2014 11:48:10 Paris
Offered by: Ebay seller gede34, Dans mes armoires, France métropolitaine
Comments:  A bonnet veil of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net.  Very busy lower border with a few sprigs in the tulle above. Some simple needlelace fillings. Rather thin design.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks a little aged, although everything appears to be intact.

261393470119   Sold for 41.50 EUR, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mrzdac6 Belle dentelle ancienne beige écru XIXe DentelleF
Size:   12 cm x 265 cm
Starting Price: 55.00 EUR
Auction ends: 18 févr. 2014 11:48:10 Paris
Offered by: Ebay seller gede34, Dans mes armoires, France métropolitaine
Comments:  Another Brussels application on machine net, but this one has needlelace motifs – rarer than the bobbinlace ones.  Simple knotted fillings, and no raised work.  A very light, open design.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: Seller says the ends have not been cut, however I can’t find a photo showing this.
Damage: One small hole in the net.
Soilage: Beige color.  A bit creased.

261393476030   Sold for 100.65 EUR, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/m4aya4p AUTHENTIC CIVIL WAR LADIES BLACK HANDMADE MALTESE BOBBIN LACE “FALL CAP”, c1860
Size:  35″ long, 6″ x 6″ centerpiece
Starting Price: $75.00
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 19:31:19 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller thankyoumammy, Pittstown, New Jersey, United States
Comments:  A fallcap of what appears to be Maltese, although there are some who say this rather spidery type comes from England late in the 19th c.  It is not a form that Maltese lacemakers really made.  This is not a well documented subject and bears investigation.  The form is very geometric, but the work is rather a bit thin and loose.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Occasional loose or frayed thread.
Soilage: Looks good from the photos.

161222387195   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/lkj46kz Antique Belgian point de gaze needlepoint lace – very long and beautiful!
Size:  20 cm x (390 cm and 146 cm)
Starting Price: 10.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 17, 2014 19:31:19 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller small1sland, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Comments:  Two pieces of Duchesse de Bruxelles with raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts.  Note the windows in the raised petals, sign of a better manufacturer.  This piece is moving into the higher end market, but still a little conventional.
Provenance:  None sited
Condition:
Modifications: Two pieces – cut on all ends, engrelure added. Some shaping on the ends of the shorter piece, but I don’t think this is original.
Damage: Seller cites occasional hole, I see a few in the photos, but not much. The PtDG mesh looks intact in the few available closeups.
Soilage: Extensive brown spotting shows up well when the piece is photographed against a white background.

261393597146   Sold for 758.71 13 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jwq7lw3 ANTIQUE LACE WIDE HANDMADE POINT DE PARIS LACE 118″ UNUSED “MADE IN FRANCE” LABE
Size:  4″ x 118″
Starting Price: $9.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Feb 18, 2014 09:33:25 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller greatlace, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Comments:  A long border of Point de Paris, with the typical 6-pointed star ground throughout.  One filling variation.   The design is a little plain due to the large areas of whole stitch, but this is typical of Point de Paris in general. It is a heavier lace, extensively used to edge linens in the early 20th c.
Provenance:  Labeled “Made in France”, unusual since we normally think of Point de Paris as a Belgian lace.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends.
Damage: Nothing obvious from photos.
Soilage: Looks very clean, perhaps unused.

221372404347   Sold for $90.00, buy-it-now exercised (didn’t sell the first time).

http://tinyurl.com/lgzedvr 98 ins antique/vintage arts and crafts style lace border – coll. Susan Cox
Size:  3.3″ x 2 yards 26″
Starting Price: $9.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Feb 18, 2014 09:33:25 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments:  This border has echos of Flemish Brabant style, but it is a more modern Point de Milan piece (see the photo from an early 20th c catalog below).  It does have a needle-made ground.  The plaited zig-zag brides are unusual for this lace, but then they do seem to be copying the Brabant style where this was common.
Provenance:  Ex. coll. Susan Cox of the English Lace School, Tiverton.
Condition:
Modifications: Ends look intact. Engurelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from photos.
Soilage: Looks clean, perhaps unused.

231156935434   page_17_jpg   Sold for 69.00 GBP 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ldtuxd2 ANTIQUE LACE C1750 BRUSSELS BOBBIN LACE LAPPETS WITH DROSCHEL GROUND + JOINING PC
Size:  lappets 27.5″ x 3″to4″.  Join 2.75″ x 29.5″
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Feb 18, 2014 16:57:59 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller greatlace, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Comments:  Two lappets and a matching joining band of mid 18th c Bobbinlace with droschel ground. The ground was made in strips and joined together, these seams can be weak spots. Typical Louis XV design, maybe slightly later.  This type of lace was also made in England and it’s difficult to tell precise origin.  It is unusual that the band has survived separately from the lappets.  It would form a ruffle around a now missing cap back.  As far as design goes, this is a pretty standard set, nothing fancy in the way of fillings.  But the set is a remarkable survivor.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None, other than the band could be joined to the lappets, and the cap back is missing.
Damage: Several holes, the band seems to have gotten the worst of it.  Several repairs made with machine net (nicely done, shows that this was a valued lace). Pinholes and pulls to the mesh, some seam weaknesses, some breaks in the fillings.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos.

221372669305   $162.50, 3 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/llod28j ANTIQUE LACE-PRETTY CHANTILLY LACE LAPPET
http://tinyurl.com/kynfqvo ANTIQUE LACE-FINE CHANTILLY LACE LAPPET
http://tinyurl.com/jvlf6vh ANTIQUE LACE-19THC CHANTILLY LACE LAPPET

Size: 3.5″ x 43″, 4″ x ~41″, 3″ x 39″
Starting Price: $19.99, $19.99
Auction ends: Feb 19, 2014 o7:52:04 PST,
Feb 19, 2014 o8:12:52 PST,
Feb 19, 2014 o8:19:27 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments:  Three different offerings by the same seller of Chantilly lappet ties, so I’ll put them all together.  The first has a complex design, looks very busy. Very fine thread on the second one, which perhaps indicates a French origin. I like the open spaces at the ends
Provenance:  First one is a museum de-accession.  The others are probably Belgian.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: #1 Few small openings.
#2 One repair, one medium sized opening at left end.  Halfstitch thread looks a little pulled in places.
#3, some tiny minor openings.
Soilage: All look good from the photos, but hard to tell with black lace.

151232345318      390773320555   151232370062
Sold for $66.00, 5 bidders.
Sold for $34.44, 3 bidders.
Sold for $31.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/l835tvb VOILETTE ANCIENNE EN DENTELLE APPLICATIONS D’ANGLETERRE DECOR FLORAL 2-Fin XIXè
Size: 27 cm x 145 cm
Starting Price: $110.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Feb 19, 2014 08:58 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller poizay37, La Roche Clermault, France
Comments:  It’s a little long for a hat veil, but I’ll call it that anyway. Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net, with simple needlelace fillings.  A very light design, easy to see through. Very precise work.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few minor pulls and pinholes in the tulle.
Soilage: One localized brown spot which appears to have broken a thread.

251430170992  Unsold as of 2/22/2014 5:43 PM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/lsj88rt SUPERB WIDE 158in HANDMADE Antique Vtg BLONDE SILK MALTESE BOBBIN LACE FLOUNCE
Size: 8.5″ x 158″
Starting Price: $999.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Feb 19, 2014 05:08 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller adtjmd, United States
Comments:  A moderately wide, well done Maltese flounce.
Provenance:  None cited.  The ‘teardrop’ design contains both Maltese crosses and a guipure motif, hard to describe.  Excellent, precise work with a bold design.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut at both ends.
Damage: Seller cites mild fraying along cut edges, and a few small breaks mostly near the top edge.
Soilage: Seller cites a few light spots.

161180561205   Unsold as of 2/22/2014 5:43 PM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/jvmsgxo ANTIQUE LACE-LOVELY BRUSSELS LACE COLLAR W/POINT DE GAZE
Size: 41″ x 6″
Starting Price: $130.00
Auction ends: Feb 20, 2014 08:59:49 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments:  A bertha of Duchesse de Bruxelles, I don’t think the rose petals in the Point de Gaze motifs are raised. This piece is a good design, a little innovative, and I especially like the large three-leaf sprays with needlelace accents.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Seller cites one join that I’m having trouble finding.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the PdG mesh, very minor.
Soilage: Seller thinks it is almost unused. One tiny spot.

390774325186   Sold for $130.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/l6qhozs A Stunning Pair of Honiton Lace Cuffs with 3 Leaf Clover Design
Size: each 26 cm x 13 cm
Starting Price: 15.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 20, 2014 12:19:31 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments:  Two cuffs of pieced bobbinlace, looks like a Bruges or Ghent product.  Very closely done clothwork with minimal bobbin-made fillings. Picoted brides.  Nice design, well worked, a good effect.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks quite clean.

310873623187   Sold for 16.30 GBP, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kldnd6c ANTIQUE LACE-208″ OF EARLY ALENCON LACE
Size: 2.5″ x 208″
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: Feb 20, 2014 13:38:12 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments:  This is a typical late 18th, early 19th century Burano product. Very simple design, few fillings.  It was a competitor to Alençon, but not a serious one.  Besides the characteristic rather streaky mesh, and the small motifs, one distinguishing mark is that the cordonnet is overcast, not buttonholed on.  Photos aren’t close enough to see this.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut. Engrelure added.
Damage: Pinholes in the mesh, looks like one repair to the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean in the photos.

151233266876   Sold for $168.50, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/lnyofuq Large volant dentelle ancienne XIXè Application de Bruxelles 305x19cm
Size: 19 cm x 305 cm
Starting Price: $210.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Feb 21, 2014 06:43:15 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller valbya, Ile de France, France
Comments:  A border of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net.  Kind of a laurel wreath design, alternating with bows.  Nice design, although a bit sparse. Small ring esprits in the ground.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut. Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks unused.

291078089063   No bids.

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Lace Exhibition: Lace, A Sumptuous History, 1600s-1900s – February to June 2014

Lace, A Sumptuous History, 1600s-1900s
Sponsor: Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, Berkeley, CA
The Lace Museum, Sunnyvale, CA.
Date:  February 2014 to June 2014
Place: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum
International Terminal, Departures – Level 3, pre-security. Stop G2.
Website:  http://tinyurl.com/lgunx7b, http://tinyurl.com/lvd578n
Curators:  Nicole Mullen, Jules Kliot, Erin Algeo, Donna LaValee
Contact: Charles Schuler, Associate Deputy Airport Director, Communications & Marketing, San Francisco International Airport, 650-821-5031, Charles.Schuler@flysfo.com

The SFO museum serves travelers with ~twenty galleries throughout the airport, displaying rotating exhibitions on a variety of subjects. It is the only museum in an airport accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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Lace Event UK: Lace: the transgressive thread – May 16, 2014

Lace: the transgressive thread
Sponsor: 
The Lace Research Network
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Place: University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey  GU9 7DS
Email:  http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/laceresearchnetwork

Provisional Agenda: LRNC provisional programme
10:00  Registration, Tea& Coffee
10:30  Welcome, Lace Research Network, Gail Baxter & Carol Quarini
10:35   Introduction, Simon Ofield-Kerr
10:40  Piper Shepard, To be confirmed
10:40  Carol Quarini, “Twisted threads: subversive domestic lace”
12:00  Angela Davies, “Golau: Light Networks”
12:30-1:30   Lunch
1:30    Lesley Millar “High definition and Low definition – lace a mise-en-scène
2:25    Dorie Millerson  “Lace Time Continuum
3:15     Tea & Coffee
3:40    Gail Baxter, “The hidden hand”
4:00    Beth Walsh, “Lace, danger and death in seventeenth-century England”
4:20    Emma Ferry, “A Concomitant Orgy of Destruction: The Political Lace Designs of
W H Pegg
4:55    Closing Remarks

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.  This is the inaugural conference for the Lace Research Network, and I am doing an interview with the conference organizers. To be posted soon.

Lace Research Network - Conference flyer   Farnham

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-two items – February 9, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/kndpuuv Large antique/vintage Irish crochet lace collar
Size:  17″ neckline, back depth 11.5″
Starting Price: 70.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 10:05:33 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: An Irish Crochet shawl collar. Extensive padded raised work often edged with picots. Picots in ground look like crocheted loops.  Good, tight work.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller washed the piece, now soft white color with some faint brown discoloration.

231150033388   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/ml8w3j3 VINTAGE ANTIQUE BRUSSELS LACE BERTHA COLLAR
Size:  5″ depth
Starting Price: 5.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 10:06:42 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller minimine45, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruges border, with a few simple needlelace ‘mode’ fillings in flower centers. Standard Duchesse motifs, plaited brides with no picots.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean

310856491433   Sold for 36.00 GBP, 10 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mrz8eul Fine broder of Brussels needlepoint lace grounded with bobbin-made drochel net;
Size: 2-3/4″ x 29.5″
Starting Price: 34.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 10:11:48 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: Segment of a border of Brussels needlelace with droschel ground. It has the very light look of the later 18th century. Needlelace motifs with the droschel ground doesn’t come up all that often.  I like the design – the technique of the motifs is a little ‘spidery’, but appropriate to the piece.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Engrelure added, cut both ends.
Damage: A few small repairs to the ground, occasional loose threads.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos.

291071446753   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/mvx8k7k Flounce of 18th century Flemish bobbin lace
Size: 8.5″ x 71″
Starting Price: 79.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 11:30:26 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A moderately wide Flemish border, probably on the earlier side of the 18th c. Not enough closeups to tell how the ground was made, but it is fitted around the motifs. Threads pass in back of the motifs – a Flemish characteristic.  Good flowing design and from what I can see it looks intact.
Provenance:  Seller suspects past church use, Note the red cross at one end of the mounting tape.
Condition:
Modifications: Mounting tape added, cut both ends.  Plaited Heading added separately.
Damage: Areas of the ground have been repaired or replaced.  Occasional small hole.
Soilage: Looks like a beige color, consistent with age, no obvious spots in the photos.

291071515287   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/mcmcpno Late 19th – early 20th century Honiton bobbin lace collar
Size: 26″ length of each side, 6.5″ center back depth
Starting Price: 59.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 12:20:34 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A large collar of Honiton. Note the elaborate neckline border. Well out of the snail/slugs style, yet not quite as sophisticated as some later 19th c pieces.  The design is a bit scattered, like the English flower garden (some say the Devon hedge rows) so typical of Honiton. Picoted plaited bobbin ground.  Note the half-stitch in the roses on the outer border, seller indicates this is a later 19th c technique.
Provenance:  None cited. Seller is a well-known author and very knowledgeable.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Occasional broken thread
Soilage: Uniform soft white color.

291071564836   Sold for 67.00 GBP, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kmyylfs Silk bobbin-lace scarf or tie – late 19th – early 20th century
Size: 4.75″ x 3 feet 10″
Starting Price: 8.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 14:53:51 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A narrow scarf of cream silk bobbinlace. People look at something like this and think either Beds or Maltese, but it is more likely a French product. Might be a Le Puy area variant.  Good bold design, note the raised leaves on halfstitch ground.  This type is not well documented.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Some localized fraying and broken thread especially along the outside border.
Soilage: Nothing obvious from the photos.

291071681391   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/n59kpwq Belle dentelle ancienne très fine et souple vers 1850/60 Antique French Lace
Size: 8 cm x 210 cm
Starting Price: 19,00 EUR
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 19:08:41 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller gede34, Dans mes armoires, France métropolitaine
Comments: A Mechlin border, very light and delicate.  Late 18th, early 19th c, although not really 1st Empire. maybe a little later. Sort of a curved design with sprigs used as esprits in the ground. If you are having trouble seeing this listing, google Ebay France and copy the title into the search space.
Provenance:  None cites.
Condition:
Modifications: Ends looks finished. Engrelure along foot edge.
Damage: Occasional pinholes
Soilage: A little soft and worn.  A few brown spots.

261387391423   Sold for 39.00 EUR, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/l6l9lhd Mid 1800’s Hanmade Bedfordshire Bobbin English Lace Square Tablecloth EXC COND
Size: 40″ square
Starting Price: $100.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 09, 2014 19:08:41 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller bene167, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Comments: A square shawl or cover of Maltese (from Malta) cream silk bobbinlace. Typical construction of narrow bands sewn together.  Primarily Maltese cross and sun motifs alternate, and note the masses of woven leaves in the ground.  Good, bold design, typical of late 19th or 20th c work.  This seller has listed a number of good application pieces.
Provenance:  None cites.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean – I think the discontinuity on the lefthand mid section is just a fold. Hopefully.

331121457934   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/kfpt4xf PRECIOUS BELGIAN ALL HANDMADE LINEN BRUGE LACE SAMPLE COURT LACEMAKER 13
Size: 12″ x 27″
Starting Price: $69.99 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Feb 10, 2014 08:13:43 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller seltmeister, Simmerath, Germany
Comments: A segment of a border of Bruges Bloemwerk.  Double picoted brides, and a good bold presence.  Interesting provenance.  Just wish there were more.  Seller has several other pieces from the same ‘estate’.
Provenance:  From the Estate of Queen Fabiola, who is still alive so not sure what to make of this.
Note: An astute LaceNews reader thinks that this is from the estate of the Queen’s lacemaker, and on a second look, that seems correct.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are intact.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean

111255236619   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/lrmsw46 dentelle Chantilly aux fuseaux 5,90m x 22cm Silk Hand Made Bobbin Lace 19thc
Size: 8.7″ x (121.3″ and 57″)
Starting Price: 38.00 EUR
Auction ends: Feb 11, 2014 11:13:00 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller sirjle, Paris, France
Comments: Two pieces of a Chantilly border, late 19th century.  Could be Belgian. Typical romantic design, with small esprits in the ground.  Later 19th c.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are intact.  Cut into two pieces.
Damage: A number of small holes.
Soilage: Hard to tell because of black color, but looks good from the photos.

331120276128   Sold for 56.55 EUR, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ketxv68 Very Large French Chantilly Bobbin Lace 281″x 20.5″ 7,15m x 52cm Dentelle 19thc
Size: 20.5″ x 281″
Starting Price: $125.00
Auction ends: Feb 11, 2014 19:05:42 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller sirjle, Paris, France
Comments: A wide Chantilly flounce. The design is a fairly narrow repeat, and fills almost the entire space.  Round esprits in the upper ground.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end.
Damage: A few small holes, one repair along top.  A little frayed in places along the top.
Soilage: Seller cites three areas with orange spots.

331120458935   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/n25mqo6 Vintage Lace ~1730: Mechlin with snowflake ground 54″ x 2″ Exc condition.
Size: 20.5″ x 281″
Starting Price: $0.99
Auction ends: Feb 12, 2014 07:57:11 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller den232, West Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: This is the week for good early Mechlin. Here is a border with snowflake ground, also some quatrefoil elements without gimp.  Good design, mostly appreciated from a distance. Closeup it’s a little blocky, little decoration in the clothwork, but actually quite good.
Provenance:  From the collection of the seller’s mother, sculptress and author Zena Garrett.
Condition:
Modifications: Ends cut. Part mounted on red cloth.
Damage: Nothing obvious, unusual for a piece this old.
Soilage: Looks quite clean from the photos.

131110574803   Sold for $592.99, 10 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mxjtj9a Vintage lace ~1880: Black silk Le Puy Bobbinlace Guipure 9.1″ x 72″
Size: 9.1″ x 72″
Starting Price: $0.99
Auction ends: Feb 12, 2014 08:12:2014 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller den232, West Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A black silk Le Puy guipure. Note the unusual ground, Le Puy played around a lot with various grounds.   This one has a narrow repeat, and some work against a point ground in the motifs.
Provenance:  From the collection of the seller’s mother, sculptress and author Zena Garrett.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut on one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos.

131110576528   Sold for $43.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/k9kprv8 Vintage lace ~1880: Black silk Le Puy Bobbinlace Guipure 9.2″ x 357″ very long
Size: 9.1″ x 72″
Starting Price: $0.99
Auction ends: Feb 12, 2014 08:12:2014 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller den232, West Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: Another black silk Le Puy guipure, this one with the typical picoted 6-pointed star ground.  Note the motifs against half-stitch ground in the cartouches.  Narrow repeat, well worked.
Provenance:  From the collection of the seller’s mother, sculptress and author Zena Garrett.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see ends to tell if they are cut.  At least one join.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos.

131110579435   Sold for $61.06, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mtfbsbo Vintage lace ~1880: Black silk Le Puy Bobbinlace Guipure 9.2″ x 357″ very long
Size: 19″ x 108″
Starting Price: $0.99
Auction ends: Feb 12, 2014 08:12:39 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller den232, West Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A wide Chantilly flounce. Work looks rather delicate, might be a French piece. No esprits in the upper ground, could be a slightly later 19th c piece.
Provenance:  From the collection of the seller’s mother, sculptress and author Zena Garrett.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: One racroc join is prominent.
Soilage: Looks OK from photos.

131110586147   Sold for $130.50, 9 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/n55vywb 4 yards antique/vintage lace v.g.c.
Size: 3.8″ x 4 yards
Starting Price: 25.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 12, 2014 08:12:39 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A point ground border, perhaps Bucks? Might also be Lille.  I’m rather inclined toward the French.  Well worked, small, delicate design. Note the rather large sprigs used as esprits, but they match the design well.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other one.
Damage: A few small pulls in the ground, minor.
Soilage: Look clean, maybe unused?

331123264595   Sold for 88.00 GBP, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/k9bqvoj ANTIQUE RARE BELGIAN DUCHESSE BOBBIN LACE APPLIQUE FLOUNCE CIVIL WAR DRESS  5 yds
Size: 17″ to 19″ x 180″
Starting Price: $695.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Feb 13, 2014 08:02 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller abfabs05, East Anglia, United Kingdom
Comments: A crinoline flounce of Brussels applique on machine net. Bobbinlace motifs with a few simple needlelace fillings. Typical romantic design with fairly large sprigs used as esprits in the upper ground.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Ends look cut and bound. Narrow engrelure at top.
Damage: Three patched repairs. Numerous small holes and snags in the tulle. All consistent with use wear.
Soilage: Looks clean from the photos. Maybe a little soft from wear.

330797638630   Unsold as of 2/15/2014 8:43 AM PST.

http://tinyurl.com/mfhye52 Neat antique/vintage Beds lace collar
Size: 15″ neckline, back neck to edge 4.2″
Starting Price: 10.00 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 13, 2014 10:46:35 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: This arrangement of a center shaped collar with a plaited bobbinlace frill is not uncommon in Beds lace.  This one has simple patterns of trails, woven leaves and a diamond shaped motif with raised tallies.  The particular shaped form is a bit unusual.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Small covered button with loop for closure
Damage: Some loose threads on one point end.
Soilage: Looks very clean.

231153111310   Sold for 10.00 GBP, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/kmfvkez Beautiful Antique Handmade Lace-96 inches by 6 inches
Size: 3″ to 6″ x 86″
Starting Price: 9.99 GBP
Auction ends: Feb 13, 2014 12:00:45 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller baraud, Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Comments: An impressive Mechlin piece, ~1740. Mechlin experimented a lot with grounds before settling down on the fond de glas.  This is a transitional piece with a kind of enclosed snowflake ground that I’ve never seen before.  The form is puzzling, perhaps two sleeve flounces joined together? Photos aren’t detailed enough to tell if the upper edge has been cut in places.  A fascinating lace, some of the better early Mechlin that I’ve seen recently.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: One join in the center, ends are additions.
Damage: Looks good from the photos, surprisingly good.
Soilage: Cream colored, occasional small brown spot.

350993276216   Sold for 495.00 GBP, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/l8lbd2x COL DENTELLE ANCIENNE – Antique Hanmade Brussels Duchesse POINT DE GAZE collar
Size: 1.06 m neckline, 2.8 m outside edge, 19.5 cm deep
Starting Price: 1.00 EUR with reserve
Auction ends: Feb 15, 2014 09:31:49 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jorosaline, ILE DE FRANCE, France
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruxelles bertha, raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts. Some of the needlelace has no ground.  Conventional Duchesse motifs with some raised work.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Basically good, nothing obvious from photos. Pt d G mesh looks good.
Soilage: A few brown stains.

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http://tinyurl.com/ms8my2p REFINED REVERSIBLE HANDMADE Antique Vtg SILK MALTESE BOBBIN LACE BERTHA COLLAR
Size: 34.75″ neckline, 59″ outside edge, 4.5″ deep
Starting Price: $149.99 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Feb 15, 2014 18:29 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller adtjmd, United States
Comments: A Maltese bertha, alternating sun and cross motifs on outer edge.  Two part layers, the inner alternates crosses with matts of woven leaves and a little guipure work.  Good overall design in cream silk.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Few loose threads, minor.
Soilage: Seller cites mild soilage, a few light spots.

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http://tinyurl.com/mcvh5sp Superior quality antique Edwardian Irish crochet, shamrock & linen dress Bride ?
Size: 34.75″ neckline, 59″ outside edge, 4.5″ deep
Starting Price: $149.99 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Feb 15, 2014 18:29 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller adtjmd, United States
Comments: A white summer dress (Edwardian?) with good Irish crochet decoration. Motifs are fairly large, crochet chain picots in the bride ground.  An impressive dress, wish the fashion would come back.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None, although who knows when this was actually made.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks very clean.

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