Ebay Alert! Thirty-one items – May 8, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/jb8vsm6 Antique/vintage neat Brussels Point de Gaze collar
http://tinyurl.com/jv9rpnn Antique/vintage mixed Brussels lace collar from France
http://tinyurl.com/j24db57
 Antique/vintage neat Brussels Point de Gaze collar
Size: #1  14″neckline 2.8″ deep.  #2 not given.  #3 14″ neckline 2.2″ deep.
Starting Price: £30.00 £40.00 £25.00
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 9:26 AM PDT
May 8, 2016, 10:40 AM PDT
May 12, 2016, 11:53 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: #1 and #2 are small collars of Point de Gaze, no raised work. #2 is Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net, quite delicately done, with some good grid needle-made ‘mode fillings. All from the same seller, and the same Paris auction. I thought they made a nice comparison, especially #1 and #2 which are of very similar form, but different technique. Note how they all have a rather compartmentalized pattern repeating in scallops around the circumference. Both the Point de Gaze pieces have widely spaced looped picots around the edge, which is probably characteristic of a particular manufacturer.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.  Two similar ones are reviewed in the 4/24/2016 Ebay Alerts.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c on all of them.
Condition:
Modifications: None on any of them.  #2 has a strange looking engrelure on the neckline, but I think it’s original.
Damage: #1 & #2 Nothing obvious from the photos. #3, slight wear on neckline.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory color on all three.  #2 has some localized red spots. #3 seller cites some pale brown age discoloration.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231930334565   231930395025   331848947374
No bids.                          No bids.                          Sold for £26.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jr7ombf 112 ins antique/vintage Lille lace border
Size: 1″ x 112″
Starting Price: £20.00
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 9:44 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A narrow border of Lille, narrow pattern with woven tallies in the ground and some honeycomb fillings. Interesting tag labeled “Mirecourt”.  It certainly could have been made in Mirecourt.  Mirecourt is having their 10th couvige May 7-8 (right now!) and a they have a large club http://tinyurl.com/zya2uq6. I think I’ll write them a note to see if anyone recognizes this pattern.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, maybe cut, definitely secured on the other end.
Damage: Loose threads along the foot edge, might be remnants from having been sewn to something.  Doesn’t look like damage, although there might be an occasional broken thread.
Soilage: Seller cites pale ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles. The foot edge isn’t quite straight.

231930349573   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/zfs7vz8 Antique/vintage Brussels needle and bobbin lace fall cap
Size: 12.5″ x 28″
Starting Price: £40.00
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 10:36 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A fallcap of Brussels bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net. Interesting pattern of alternating bobbin, then needle-made flowers around the border, almost the same designs. Simple decorative ‘mode’ fillings, and note the large dots used as esprits.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few pinholes and small holes in the tulle, might be some small repairs.
Soilage: Seller cites occasional brown age mark.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331845566958   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/j5hquj9 * Victorian HONITON Hand made Bobbin LACE Handkerchief *
http://tinyurl.com/zzuacod Antique Handkerchief of Honiton handmade Lace
Size: #1  14″ square.  #2 13″ square
Starting Price: $12.99 £19.99
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 11:20 AM PDT
May 10, 2016, 9:17 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller jaruk, Worcester, United Kingdom
Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: Two Honiton guipure handkerchiefs by different sellers (discover4 has another one #291754736352). Snails/slugs style on both, with the second one a little more complex design and more varied woven tally leadworks. The first has  series of the same flowers around the edge with more scattered motifs between the edge and the cloth. This is a very typical arrangement. The second concentrates a lot of the design in the corners, and both have the usual ‘flower garden’ Honiton feel.  Some will say this is the local ‘hedge row’ flower pattern.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos on either.
Soilage: A little brown spotting on both.
Finish: #1 Faint horizontal and vertical fold creases.

162055234453   Sold for $20.50, 3 bidders.
291754767296   Sold for £58.89, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jmc4l78 * Two COLLARS – BEDFORDSHIRE English Antique Bobbin LACE *
Size: bottom- 20″, 3.5″ to 5″ deep, top – 30″ length.
Starting Price: $15.00
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 11:29 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller jaruk, Worcester, United Kingdom
Comments: Two Beds collars. The bottom one  is a fairly standard Armstrong-type design.  The top one is interesting both in form and technique with the elaborate woven leaves raised on top of the base clothwork. It also has some unusual motifs.  Both have the typical picoted bride ground.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Both look clean, but bottom one is whiter than the top one.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

162055331143   Sold for $26.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jtruhw3 VICTORIAN HONITON LACE VEIL/SHAWL
Size: 1 meter x 3 meters
Starting Price: £19.99
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 11:49 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller kollektik, SIDBURY, Devon, United Kingdom
Comments: Nice to think that this piece came from Devon where the seller is located. A triangular shawl of Honiton applique on machine net edged with a deep border of “Honiton Point” guipure, meaning Honiton motifs with a needle-made ground. Snails/slugs style in the fringe.  The applique is unusual – the motifs look more refined than those toward the bottom of the fringe – not typical Honiton motifs. Note how the tulle is carefully cut away to better display the fillings.  I wonder if this piece started life out in exactly this form. Wish there was a photo showing the whole thing laid out flat.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the mesh and broken attachment in the fringe.
Soilage: Some localized brown staining
Finish: Fold creases throughout.

322086989379   Sold for £105.55 10 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jgzfstx Intricate Antique Ecru Bobbin Lace 26″ Round Floral Centerpiece Tablecloth
Size: 26″ diameter
Starting Price: $65.00
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 5:40 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller moppysattic, Horseheads, New York, United States
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse parasol cover with 8 segments – this is pretty typical. No raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts. There is some interesting raised work on half-stitch ground n the bobbinlace – see the little quatrefoils with raised rings in the swags.  These raised rings are found in other flower centers, along with little needle-made ‘modes’ appearing unexpectedly in the centers of some flowers.  Interesting design, very effective, well made.
Provenance: Label, “Mrs. Charles S. Ristine, Strafford, Pa.” on the mounting paper.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None. It has been sewn to a blue tissue backing.
Damage: A few broken brides.
Soilage: Numerous localized brown stains.
Finish: Some creasing along the outer edge. Also some creasing where you might expect the ribs of the parasol to be.  I’m wondering if there are some attachments sewn on the back, or if the lace has been folded into some kind of pocket. You can’t see the details in the photos because of the backing.

291752139368   Sold for $288.00, 8 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j8lexla Intricate Antique Black Bobbin Lace 34″ Round Floral Centerpiece Tablecloth
Size: 34″ diameter
Starting Price: $45.00
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 5:45 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller moppysattic, Horseheads, New York, United States
Comments: An eight-section parasol cover of black silk, resembles Le Puy Guipure. The interesting naturalistic leaves around the edges speak to a quality designer, and might support a Le Puy manufacture.  But the ground, and the general technique don’t look very typical of Le Puy.  Spain could be an option.
Provenance: Label, “Mrs. Charles S. Ristine, Strafford, Pa.” on the mounting paper.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None. It has been sewn to a white tissue backing.
Damage: Some holes in the clothwork, a few broken brides, tears near the center.
Soilage: Looks clean but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: A few creases.  Hard to tell if it was ever mounted, but the damage to the center hole makes me think it once was.

291752918687   Sold for $45.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/gmq265g ANTIQUE TABLECLOTH CENTERPIECE EXQUISITE FIGURAL POINT DE VENISE NEEDLE LACE
Size: 34″ around?
Starting Price: $59.99
Auction ends: May 8, 2016, 7:00 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller moppysattic, Horseheads, New York, United States
Comments: There are a lot of Venise pieces on Ebay, but in terms of design this one is exceptional.  I think it might be a Zele piece. The shading in the clothwork, and the handling of cordonnet work which outlines the details of the figures is of the highest quality. I wish I could get a really closeup photo of the mesh used to represent the ground – that might settle a choice between Belgium and France.  I do think that some of the decorative ‘mode’ fillings look more Belgian than French.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Around 1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Two small holes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Some light creasing in edge motifs.

162053445761   Sold for $886.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/gpnwrs6 92 ins antique/vintage Brussels point de gaze needle lace border – roses
Size: 3.5″ x 92″
Starting Price: £95.00
Auction ends: May 9, 2016, 10:56 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Point de Gaze border, n raised work.  The curved rose/leaf repeat is quite naturalistic, and the piece includes some decorative ‘mode’ fillings almost in a snowflake pattern.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, other end might be original.
Damage: Some small holes and pinholes in the mesh.
Soilage: Seller cites a dark cream color. Some
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331846454175   Sold for £155.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jksjcl6 73 ins antique/vintage Binche bobbin lace border.
Size: 1.6″ x 73″
Starting Price: £35.00
Auction ends: May 9, 2016, 11:14 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Louis XV Mechlin border. This type of design was occasionally used with the long foot edge matched together to double the width of the piece. Here is it used as a single border. It has the standard quatrefoil fillings, and I like parts of the leaf work which are a little unusual in design.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: mid 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Both ends cut, engrelure added. I think the picoted edge is a later addition.
Damage: Some pinholes in the mesh.
Soilage: Seller cites a mid ivory color with areas of pale brown age marks.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231931488051   Sold for £129.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z35lfyu ANTIQUE VINTAGE POINT DE GAZE LACE
Size: 3.5″ x 48″
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: May 9, 2016, 6:17 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller yellow_daisy, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze border with raised single petal roses. Typical romantic 2nd Empire florals, carefully done with some nice grid decorative ‘mode’ fillings. I’m probably nitpicking here, but the large rose in each repeat might be just a little too large for the design.  But the overall effect is quite nice.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Both ends cut.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the mesh, upper edge a little
Soilage: Slight brown staining, minor. Seller cites ‘off white’ color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

282025371591   Sold for $152.50, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zjg7kkv Antique lovely Brussels lace with point de gaze Bertha collar
Size: 35″ neckline, 6″ deep
Starting Price: £49.99
Auction ends: May 10, 2016, 9:06 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse bertha with raised petal roses in the Point de Gae inserts.  Looks like one of the PtdG inserts was left out near the lower right end – it looks original. Conventional bobbinlace motifs, no raised work other than some rolled veining.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Pinholes and small holes in some PtdG mesh.  Occasional frayed and loose brides in the bobbinlace.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.  Some motifs look a little shrunken, probably from a past wash.

291754758327   Sold for £56.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jxemasw Antique English HONITON Bobbin Lace FALL CAP – mid 19th c*
Size: 35″ neckline, 6″ deep
Starting Price: $25.00
Auction ends: May 10, 2016, 12:40- PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller jaruk, Worcester, United Kingdom
Comments: A fallcap of Honiton Point lace, meaning Honiton motifs with a needle-made ground. Snails/slugs style with extensive tally leadworks.  I like the look and the symmetry of this piece, especially the unusual border around the peak of the cap.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A little worn around the outside edge at the cap peak. Occasional break in a filling in this area.
Soilage: Looks a little beige.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

162058725587   Sold for $25.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/hxxenx7 * Antique English HONITON Bobbin Lace Collar – Excellent quality *
Size: 16″ neckline, 4″ deep center back.
Starting Price: $20.00
Auction ends: May 10, 2016, 12:43 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller jaruk, Worcester, United Kingdom
Comments: A Honiton Point collar, well out of the snails/slugs style. Quite an effective design of large roses and small massed leaves. Good woven tally leadworks of one type are used as filings everywhere. The brides are unusual, needlemade bars loosely buttonholed over. The ends of the engrelure used along the neckline could have been finished better. Some of the flowers overlap at the collar points, which is a bit unusual.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Some wear along the neckline.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

162058744193   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/j2uh4e7 140 ins antique/vintage 19th century Mechlin lace border
Size: 3.75″ x 140″
Starting Price: £85.00
Auction ends: May 11, 2016, 10:34 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Mechlin border – note areas of halfstitch which are typical of later 19th c. work. Elegant floral design in a short repeat.  A few woven tallies in the fillings.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a pale ivory color.
Finish: Looks unused. Light vertical fold creases.

231933374229   Sold for £87.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jp5c3gd Antique single 18th century fine Valenciennes bobbin lace lappet
Size: 3.6″ x 22″
Starting Price: £120.00
Auction ends: May 11, 2016, 10:41 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A excellent Valenciennes lappet with cinq trou ground. This one has a vertically symmetric design, which is unusual. Snowflake variation fillings, and well defined line-drawing definition in the clothwork.  The designs do repeat along the length of the piece, and although this is a fine example, better ones will vary the design throughout the length.  Wonder where the other lappet is.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: ~1730
Condition:
Modifications: Top is cut.
Damage: Occasional bare spot in the clothwork, but this looks original.
Soilage: I see a faint brown mark at the top left, but hard to say if this is a stain. Otherwise it looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231933379190   Sold for £136.99, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/juk8ppu Antique Flanders Mechlin Handmade Belgian Bobbin Lace Trim 1700’s 18th Century
Size: 1.75″ x 42″
Starting Price: $9.99
Auction ends: May 11, 2016, 11:48 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller twist-in-time, Keller, Texas, United States
Comments: A border of Mechlin with cinq trou ground – a nice comparison with the Valenciennes lappet reviewed above. This one has the typical quatrefoil fillings, and only a little definition in the clothwork. This piece has the more usual undulating design of Louis XV laces. Mechlin explored several different grounds early on, and this is an excellent example of that type of experimentation.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1740
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Foot edge is worn with occasional breaks. A few tiny holes in the mesh.
Soilage: Brown stains throughout.
Finish: Vertical fold creases, some folding along the lower edge.

291755694882   Sold for $27.89, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/guz6pq4 ANTIQUE VINTAGE fFINE CARRICKMACROSS LACE HANDKERCHIEF
Size: 11.5″ square
Starting Price: $75.00
Auction ends: May 11, 2016, 12:44 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller yellow_daisy, Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A Carrickmacross guipure handkerchief. Note the typical round picots, which are quite dense in the center section. Straight picots are used inside the outer edge, sign of a better made piece. Shamrock design with some good raised rings. The cordonnet is used to further define the shamrocks and leaves.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Some motif edges slightly frayed – not unusual with this type of lace.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

282027259485   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/gpucd9q MUSEUM FIND Antique Brussels Lace Collar Rose POINT De Gaze Exquisite Large 52″
Size: 52″ long, max width 5″
Starting Price: $165.00
Auction ends: May 11, 2016, 5:03 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller gb-best, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A collar with long front points of Duchesse de Bruxelles.  One raised petal at the back Point de Gaze rose. A little raised work on halfstitch ground in the bobbinlace swags. Interesting profile to this piece, wide at the top to go over the bust, narrow at the waist, then flaring out at the bottom again. Perfect for the corseted figure. We’ve seen quite a few of this shape on Ebay.  Overall this is an excellent example of the type, using conventional motifs put together in a pleasing pattern.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites very faint age spotting.
Finish: Fold crease center back.

131802470718   131802470718a   Sold for $168.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/heag2lj 96 ins antique/vintage 19th century Mechlin lace border
Size: 3″ x 96″
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: May 12, 2016, 11:29 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of Mechlin – you sometimes see this pattern in Lille/Beveran laces. Three rows of small buds are used as esprits. The ‘boteh’ cited by the seller is the Persian teardrop shape that is actually a vegetable motif. The lace design might be influenced by imported Indian shawls, or it could just be an elaborate leaf.  This would be a good subject for a textile thesis.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: 1st quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends clearly to tell if they are cut. It was removed from a garment, stray threads along the top occasionally.
Damage: Seller cites occasional small hole along the top.
Soilage: Seller cites dark ivory color, a few brown spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331848930274   Sold for £31.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zv34lk2 Antique/vintage fine 19th C bobbin lace collar
Size: 15.5″ long, 1.3″ deep.
Starting Price: £30.00
Auction ends: May 12, 2016, 11:41 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A small, unusual collar of what appears to be English Beds. The gimp is very heavy, and there’s some unusual ground work – torchon on the top and a kind of picoted bride with woven tallies along the neckline.  The picoted outer edge is also unusual – normally with Beds you find an elaborated plaited border.
Provenance: From the auction http://tinyurl.com/zbs95qs.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious form the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles. Looks unused.

331848937648   Sold for £34.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hxr74eu Handmade c. 1800 Mechlin bobbin lace yardage Austen costume
Size: 2.75″ x 2 yards 16″
Starting Price: £30.00
Auction ends: May 12, 2016, 1:22 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A border of Mechlin typical of late 18th early 19th c, although the use of half-stitch in the clothwork argues for a slightly later date.. Five rows of esprits using a bid pattern. The lower edge is a single flower with leaves, two different designs. Note the woven tallies in the flower
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, engrelure added.
Damage: Snags in the mesh, some small repairs.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

131803849369   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/gp3bquk Collector’s 19th century handmade Mechlin bobbin lace handkerchief hunt scene
Size: 12.5″ square
Starting Price: $325.00
Auction ends: May 12, 2016, 1:39 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A figural Mechlin handkerchief of a hunt scene. I’ve seen this pattern before, and you also find it in Lille and Point de Paris laces. Funny how the lace is very worn, but the center cloth looks in reasonable shape.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: later 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, engrelure added.
Damage: Many holes of all sizes, worn along the edges.
Soilage: Seller says it is clean and ivory white.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

141983230668   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hsd39sy Flanders or old Italian handmade bobbin lace study piece
Size: 3″ x 33″
Starting Price: $325.00
Auction ends: May 12, 2016, 1:39 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A Pescocostanzo border, including the typical lower edge. The 6 pointed star ground is characteristic of this lace, as is the heavy floral design. Ricci illustrates similar pieces in volume 8 of Old Italian Lace.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Difficult to date; 18th or 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut and secured on the ends
Damage: Extensive repairs in the center, bottom edge is partially replaced.
Soilage: Seller says it has ivory linen thread.
Finish: Vertical fold creases

141983302033   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jfxfax8 Antique Brussels Point de Gaze lace handkerchief – monogram MAC
Size: 13″ square
Starting Price: £95.00
Auction ends: May 13, 2016, 10:28 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: An impressive high-end-market Point de Gaze handkerchief. No raised wrok, excellent decorative ‘mode’ fillings.  The detached ‘star’ pattern is something I’ve never seen before.  Naturalistic design, excellent work.
Provenance: From a collection of handkerchiefs, all with the monogram MAC.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the mesh.
Soilage: Seller cites a pale ivory color, slight discoloration to the lawn.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

331849723697   Sold for £284.00, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z5jfabl Antique Brussels applique lace handkerchief – monogram MAC
Size: 14″ square
Starting Price: £50.00
Auction ends: May 13, 2016, 10:36 AM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A high-end market handkerchief of Brussels bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net. No raised work, and the motifs are small and delicately worked. Quite an impressive presence, with good use of open and filled spaces. No esprits to cloud the design.
Provenance: From a collection of handkerchiefs, all with the monogram MAC.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Small split in the center cloth.
Soilage: Seller cites some age discoloration to both lawn and lace.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

231935763767   Sold for £92.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j82bgqh ANTIQUE VINTAGE FINE VICTORIAN LARGE MALTESE SILK LACE COLLAR
Size: ~19″ inner, ~11″ deep.  Not sure what that ‘inner’ measurement is.
Starting Price: £34.99
Auction ends: May 13, 2016, 12:03 PM PDT.
Offered by: Ebay seller vickysilk, somerset, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese deep collar with 5 layers. Alternating crosses and flowers along the outside, massed leaves in two layers come next.  Another band of crosses/flowers, then vertical wheat ears along the neckline.  This is a fairly typical pattern for this kind of lace, here very well done.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st quarter 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191865799746   Sold for £77.00, 4 bidders.

I’ve was hiking on Saturday, and will add with more pieces in the next few days.  Interesting hike, we climbed over rocks to out-of-the way places to find amazing petroglyphs like this:

Shaman

And I’m willing to bet that not many of you have seen a 4 foot long Diamondback Rattlesnake in the wild:

Rattlesnake

So how was your day?

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