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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