Ebay Alerts! Six Items – December 30, 2010

http://tinyurl.com/23dqjd3 Spellewerkster in Oud Vlaams aardewerk A.Van De Voorde
Starting price: 19.00 EUR with reserve
Auction ends: Jan 01, 2011 07:05:28 PST
Offered by: Marcel Vanfleteren, Ebay Seller stekveugel, Torhout Belgium
Comments: A lovely little Vlaams Aardewerk lacemaker by Vande Voorde. Probably the smallest made by this pottery. I’ve bought several lacemakers from this seller.

Sold for 76.50 EUR, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/2cf4ra9 BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE LENGTH – ROSES
Starting price: $95.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Jan 02, 2011 07:31:14 PST
Offered by: Ebay Seller palexpo, Steinhausen, Switzerland
Comments: Good length of Belgian needlelace – point de Gaze type with raised petal roses. Good length and width. Designs on the rose petals is a plus. I do see some small holes in the net, and maybe a little repair work.

Sold for $400.00, 10 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/232rxsh ANTIQUE BOBBIN LACE MAKER RARE FIND HISTORIC CRAFT ITEM
Starting price: AU $395.00
Auction ends: Jan 07, 2011 21:04:27 PST
Offered by: Ebay Seller harbour29, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
Comments: We don’t know why in the 1920’s the Torchon Lace Company (producer of the Princess Lace Machine in St. Louis, Missouri, USA) suddenly shifted operations to Melbourne, Australia. This is a rare Australian example of their equipment. I have one in my collection that is completely covered in brown velour – the fabric on this one might have been replaced. I don’t really know, we don’t have many comparables of this equipment.  We do know that in contrast to American examples, the Australian ones do not have the metallic ‘Princess’ label fixed to the working surface.
The bobbins in this piece are of the right shape, but much rougher than known originals. A very interesting piece.

Did not sell.

I’ve had so many comments on this pillow that I’m putting up a (bad) photo of the Australian pillow and bobbins in my collection for comparison. I have the original bill of sale for this set. Note the straight bobbins, although they are a little more finished than the one in the Ebay posting. Curiously, the bobbins on my example are hollow more than halfway up their length. I have no idea why. Maybe the wood was naturally hollow, or maybe they were trying to reduce the weight?

Look at the Ebay Alerts posting for December 12, 2010 to see an American Princess Lace Machine example, complete with original bobbins (I reproduce the thumbnail below). The American bobbins are a rather bulky Danish design. They hold a lot of thread and are well made and really very nice.

http://tinyurl.com/2ba2gv7 ANTIQUE LACE LARGE SCALE NEEDLELACE GROS POINT STYLE
Starting price: $150.00
Auction ends: Jan 04, 2011 18:16:37 PST
Offered by: Paivi Roberts, Ebay Seller greatlace, Paris – Palm Beach, United States
Comments: 19th or 20th century. It’s hard to say where this was made – similar work was done in Ireland, Belgium, Germany. Probably not from Italy. The shaped cordonnet are machine-made cords sewn on by hand.  An interesting item.

Sold for $150.00, 1 bid.

http://tinyurl.com/29jx52a MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE POINT DE GAZE NEEDLE LACE HANKIE
Starting price: $1.00
Auction ends: Jan 04, 2011 07:58:40 PST
Offered by: Ebay Seller brett231, San Diego, USA
Comments: Yet another Belgian needlelace handkerchief. Enthusiastic design-but seems a bit heavy. The jour fillings are not of the quality that would really push this over the top. Condition looks very good.

Sold for $416.01, 11 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/26e8yks DENTELLE industrieà domicile belgique ed 1902 textile
Starting price: 99.99 EUR
Auction ends: Jan 02, 2011 10:22:30 PST
Offered by: Ebay Seller tigris59, briastre, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Comments: One cannot underestimate the importance of this work, by Pierre Verhaegen. He wrote before WWI, and was a superb, first-hand observer. Much of our knowledge of Belgian lace of this period comes from this book.  The work was actually done in two volumes – this is volume one.  I see a number of ‘on-demand’ printed copies of this on ABEBOOKS, with a few originals.

Did not sell.

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