Ebay Alerts! Sixteen items – November 20, 2011

http://tinyurl.com/72t62sm ANTIQUE HAND MADE BEDFORD SHIRE BOBBIN LACE HANDKERCHIEF HANKIE PENZANCE ENGLAND
Size: not given
Starting price: $49.99
Auction ends: Nov 20, 2011 18:34:21 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller  mulgaking, Victoria, BC, Canada
Comments: A Beds handkerchief with an attached tag which seems to give the maker as H. Wilkinson, 4 Albert Street, Penzance. I think that’s in Cornwall, and is the same as in “Pirates of Penzance”. It’s definitely an interesting provenance, and perhaps the 7/6 mark is a price? I don’t know how to interpret that. I also don’t think this area of England was a lacemaking center, perhaps someone can set me straight on that. The design is quite simple, and the work seems a bit loose.  The condition appears unused.

No bids.
Item relisted as #220898532689, Buy-it-Now, $75.00. Auction ends Dec 20, 2011 18:35:28 PST
LaceNews reader Pamela has contributed an interesting comment on this piece.

http://tinyurl.com/7lm6hqt Antique Victorian 1900 Handmade Honiton Bobbin Lace Collar with Mesh Ground
Size: 27″ inside edge, 52″ outside edge. Width 5.5″.
Starting price: $75.00
Auction ends: Nov 20, 2011 19:05:52 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller  maklinens, Whittier, California, United States
Comments: I don’t know what this is. Maybe French? It has an Art Nouveau feel. It seems to be a pieced lace with some unusual fillings, and a plaited ground. I can’t make out the exact details of the stitch. The work isn’t too sophisticated, but it does make a very nice finished piece.  Some minor defects, nothing serious.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/7khrewb GORGEOUS ANTIQUE MOTHER OF PEARL/CARVED FRETWORK & HAND MADE LACE FAN C1860
Size: 26.3 cm long, 46.5 cm wide when open
Starting price: 19.99 GBP
Auction ends: Nov 21, 2011 12:02:19 PST
Offered by:Ebay seller  linda_trufflehoundz, leavenheath, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruges fan with mother of pearl sticks.  The pierced part of the sticks where the lace is attached I think are bone, but not sure. The lace is basically bobbinlace, with a very few needlelace fililngs. The design is quite asymmetric, a bit thrown-together, but it has a kind of charm. The lace appears to be in good condition, but there are some problems with the sticks.

   Sold for 87.99 GBP, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/856j4uo ANTIQUE LACE-C. 1750’s,FINE ALENCON LACE LAPPET
Size: 3.5″ x 45″
Starting price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Nov 21, 2011 18:36:30 PST
Offered by: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A pair of mid 18th century Alençon lappets with a regular reseau ground. The design at this time was fairly simple with an increasing emphasis on needlelace fillings which tend to be massed at the ends. Look for good and varied fillings in a piece like this, and also look at the condition of the reseau. This one is fairly simple, with the designs more convenient than naturalistic. There isn’t much variety in the fillings. But the work is quite fine, very tightly done and the cordonnet work is crisp. The reseau shows signs of repairs. Some pretty well done repairs, too, so I’d call the condition quite good (that’s the big problem with a lace like this, the reseau virtually never survives in good condition). It’s a nice example from the period.  The lappets are joined at the top – no photos of that area so it’s hard to tell if they were ever shortened.

   $57.75, 2 bidders, reserve not met.
Relisted as #160715496980

http://tinyurl.com/7e7ja7w ANTIQUE BRUSSELS/PT DE GAZE LACE BERTHA COLLAR LARGE
Size: 6.6″ X 80″
Starting price: $24.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Nov 22, 2011 11:35:35 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller heartnsoul1, Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A standard Duchesse de Bruxelles bertha. There’s been some modification center front, it might be just a gather that could be reversed. Someone has also added some rhinestones for some reason. The lace itself looks in pretty good condition, and the Point de Gaze inserts seem OK. No raised work in the needlelace.

   $52.99, 4 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/6pvc63d ANTIQUE CARRICKMACROSS LARGE LACE COLLAR FLORAL DESIGNS
Size: 8″ deep at back, length 20″
Starting price: $24.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Nov 22, 2011 11:35:36 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller heartnsoul1, Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A carrickmacross collar. Minor breaks, the main problem is staining. It’s an interesting design, part guipure, part applique on machine net. Typical outer looped picot border, large areas of embroidered net fillings inside various motifs. Not the usual shamrock and other Irish motifs.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/85h7ny3 ANTIQUE PRETTY BRUSSELS LACE BERTHA COLLAR DRESS PIECE
Size: 5″-7″ wide, ~16″ long
Starting price: $24.99 with reserve
Auction ends:Nov 22, 2011 11:35:43 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller heartnsoul1, Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A very good quality Duchesse collar with needllace ornaments, particularly note the rings in the centers of the flowers. There doesn’t seem to be much raised work in the bobbinlace – almost Bruges techniques. Everything is quite crisp.  Some staining, especially at the back neck edge. I think that net piece could be remove. The rhinestones can definitely go.

   $24.99, 1 bidder, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/7ygjvac EXCELLENT HAND PT DE VENISE LARGE BERTHA COLLAR
Size: 7″ x 44″
Starting price: $24.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Nov 22, 2011 11:35:50 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller heartnsoul1, Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A wide round collar of Venise-type needlelace. The loosely buttonholed cordonnet and the ring fillings probably put this in Belgium, maybe Zele. The clothwork as veins and diamond windows, and some varied extensive fillings. The technique is quite good, and well intact. My main complaint is staining, which can probably come out with proper washing.  All of the pieces from this seller this week seem to have been recovered from various garments.

   $24.99, 1 bidder, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/7u5zy4v EXQUISITE YOUGHAL LACE COLLAR,GOLD MEDAL EXPO 1934
Size: 7″ wide, I don’t understand the other dimension.
Starting price: $45.00
Auction ends: Nov 22, 2011 16:24:04 PST
Offered by: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: This would have been exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair (1933-1934), which celebrated the city’s centennial. It is a lovely piece, I especially like the pansy designs. 1934 is a rather late for a lace like this (about 35 years late), and it also says it was from the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy at Killarney. This is noted in the literature as a minor center for needlelace in Ireland. Most Youghal lace was made at the Presentation Convent in Youghal. It is a mystery. The piece is in excellent condition.

   Sold for $1,375.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7rzz7jx RARE FRENCH ANTIQUE GUIPURE LACE 100″ by 9 1/2″
Size: 9.5″ x 100″
Starting price: $49.00
Auction ends: Nov 23, 2011 12:49:56 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller ryphat, Paris, France
Comments: This is a very typical Le Puy silk guipure design. Note the picoted six pointed star ground, and the flowers embedded in a point ground in the oval cartouches. I like the way the leaves and flowers are arranged pointing downward in the scalloped border. I don’t see any major condition problems.

   No bids.
Relisted as Ebay #130607619949, sold under $49.00 Buy-it-Now option.

http://tinyurl.com/7a27na5 ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY TOTALLY HANDMADE BUCKS POINT LACE LARGE FICHU
Size: 14″ width at the back. Widest back point 30″.
Starting price: $99.00
Auction ends: Nov 23, 2011 18:01:33 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller simonteddy, THE HANDMAIDEN OF WESTMINSTER, VERMONT, United States
Comments: The photos of this piece are very fuzzy, so I picked one that at least shows the general shape. It’s also hard to tell if the general shape outline is original. I’m not convinced that this is Bucks – Swiss Neuchatel is a reasonable alternative. The Swiss did more with larger pieces and a rather solid clothwork and very symmetric designs. the seller cites a few holes, nothing major.

   Sold for $122.50, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7ayb2cl ANTIQUE LACE LOVELY HANDMADE BRUSSELS LACE SCARF TIE LAPPETS C1890
Size: 6″ wide at ends, tapers to 5″ middle. 60″ long.
Starting price: $99.00
Auction ends: Nov 24, 2011 19:21:26 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller greatlace, Paris – Beach, United States
Comments: I’d maybe put this in the Belgian Point d’Angleterre category. Fine bobbinlace with a needlelace mesh. The flowers are more naturalistic than one finds in normal Duchesse. I don’t see any major structural problems. The seller says it could use a cleaning, but that’s not obvious from the photos.  A nice piece.

   Sold for $154.50, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7lfvt9g RARE HANDMADE ANTIQUE MIXED LACE DRAWN WORK TENERIFFE NANDUTI TABLECLOTH RUNNER
Size: 49″ square
Starting price: $145.00
Auction ends: Nov 25, 2011 11:06:27 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller CHAIR29, Fairhaven, MA, United States
Comments: So once again I’m trying to interest lace collectors in Mexican drawnwork. Everyone should have a good piece of this. I think the work is badly under-appreciated given the long history of this technique in Spain and the Americas. This one is well made with varying motifs in the bands and around center. Condition looks excellent.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/86k237z EVENTAIL ANCIEN FAUCON DENTELLE DIAMANT LACE FAN BOX FAECHER VENTAGLIO ABANICO
Size: 32 cm long when closed
Starting price: 569.00 EUR
Auction ends: Nov 26, 2011 12:03:35 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller zarafabrocante, Nantes, France
Comments: Never mind that the initials on the guard stick are silver and diamonds – what really counts is that the lace is excellent. A flat Point de Gaze, well worked with an attempt at some naturalism in the flowers. Yet the design is open, simple, and airy.  No raised petal roses to spoil the effect, and the fillings are minimal but good. I can see a few small holes in the net. I hope that when the seller says that the lace needs to be ‘scotched’ to the ribs in a few places that they don’t mean ‘scotch taped’…

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/7qonoea Antique 1885 Aged Brussels Lace Floral Wedding Handkerchief/Hankie
Size: 13.75″ square
Starting price: $35.00
Auction ends: Nov 26, 2011 19:25:32 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller aunteri, California, United States
Comments: A well done Brussels Duchesse handkerchief. Note the needlelace flowers in the corners, and the well shaded bobbinlace motifs.  It is a wonderful design, crowded and exuberant. The seller says it was purchased in Brussels in 1885. The color is not coming through on the photos, and I’m a bit put off by the remark about ‘patina’ without explanation of exactly what that means. I don’t see any structural problems.

   Sold for $266.50, 14 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7yd6evo 17C TOKEN THEIR HALFE PENY TOWNE OF SAINT EEDS HUNTINGDONSHIRE VERY RARE !!!!!
Size: not given
Starting price: 0.99 GBP
Auction ends: Nov 27, 2011 11:39:16 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller tokengesture1811, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Comments: In 10 years I’ve only seen one of these for sale, and it wasn’t in nearly as good condition – and it was the St. Neots version. This one is labeled St. Eeds. It is a very thin sheet of copper, but we don’t know the date of issuance. Sometime in the mid to late 17th century.   See my LaceNews piece on early English tokens at http://tinyurl.com/7hen2gh. The fact that it has a hole in it is minor – it might even have been part of a lace bobbin spangle at one time.

   Sold for162.75 GBP, 8 bidders.

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2 Responses to Ebay Alerts! Sixteen items – November 20, 2011

  1. Pamela says:

    re 72tb25sm

    7/6 is definitely a price. it meant 7 shillings and 6 pence, and would be an appropriate price for the time. I have never come across any lace-making in Penzance, which is at the tip of Cornwall, SW England, but someone from Bedfordshire could well have learnt her craft there and moved, perhaps on marriage.

    I note it is back again on ebay.

  2. zarafabrocante says:

    “I hope that when the seller says that the lace needs to be ‘scotched’ to the ribs in a few places that they don’t mean ‘scotch taped’…”
    Of course I didn’t mean scotch taped, but my english is very bad and it is difficult to describe in another language, as my customers are strangers, I must try to do my best!
    Have a nice day!

    Zarafabrocante

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