Category Archives: Ebay Alerts!

I now do these posts every Sunday, but will also add things throught the week that might end before the next Sunday. Not only is it an opportunity to make collectors aware of fast-moving listings, but it gives me the chance to talk about lace, giving individual examples my full attention. I don’t like to do big postings covering an entire category of lace – I would rather delve into pieces one at a time. It’s the microscopic, rather than the macroscopic approach.

I select the pieces based on what appeals to me – I never take solicitations from sellers (and I have been asked). If I seem to be favoring certain dealers, it is, to put it bluntly, because they are consistently listing the best material. I am not on a mission to correct misinformation, or to denigrate any type of lace. I am giving my own opinion, and if that conflicts with what a seller has written, chalk it up to free speech. I sometimes, but not often, contact sellers for clarification, or to discuss my comments before they are posted, but I’m trying to speak for the lace and the lacemaker first and foremost.

There are a few thresholds for a piece to be considered for posting. Condition is important. I won’t review a good piece if the condition is poor, unless there is an overwhelming consideration of rarity or provenance. I also don’t resonate a lot with short samples, even though the lace may be very good, the same goes for different laces posted in one lot. Presentation does count, if a photo is so poor or lacking in the closeup detail needed to tell if it is handmade, then the item will be passed by. I also try not to review the same piece more than once – if I do it’s a mistake. If a piece is relisted I try to update that information on the original Ebay Alert, but it’s hard to keep up. I will also issue Special Ebay Alerts outside the Sun/Thurs postings for extraordinary pieces.

I make it a habit to post pieces on which I would be likely to bid; I think it unethical to ‘reserve’ things for myself by leaving them off this list. I also try hard to avoid any discussion of price – the bidding history and final price is available on Ebay and tells that story much better than I can. I do add the final price and number of bidders to the review after the auction is over, and I am organizing all the items into a final summary to eventually be posted on the LaceNews Web Site. I do keep track of far more than I actually post, in fact only about 25% of what I follow makes it to an Ebay Alert.

The descriptions of the laces looks rather strictly formatted, but has undergone some evolution, and I am considering adding a separate catorgory where I can discuss dating issues. I’ve recently completely redone the condition comments, dividing these into four categories. ‘Modification’ is meant to describe any change from the original form of the piece. ‘Damage’ involves breaks or tears; something that would have to be repaired by a knowledgeable lacemaker. ‘Soilage’ indicates staining, discoloration, rust spots, and something called ‘patina’, a concept not well understood. I also note if any recent washing has taken place. The last condition category is ‘finish’, and by this I mean creasing, wrinkling, shrinkage; anything that affects the condition of the lace but is not actual damage.

Some people think it isn’t worthwhile to buy on Ebay because the quality is poor. I hope they keep thinking that way so there is less competition. The truth is very different. Ebay and related sites are increasingly accepted alternative selling forums, and even longtime antique dealers ignore them at their peril.
By the way, Ebay no longer lets you see purchaser identifications. Everything has been reduced to cryptic initials and stars. Mine are a***s for my lswaters account. I do have one more account, lacenews619, and I’m actually not sure what the initials are for that one.

No Ebay Alerts for 5/1/2016

Apologies, I’ve been traveling for a few days and am skipping the Ebay Alerts for tomorrow. I’ll get some event announcements out instead. Laurie

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-five items – April 24, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/jak33gm ANTIQUE LACE- Circa 17-18THEC. PUNCETTO W/DOUBLE HEADED EAGLE Size: 24″ x almost 4.5″ Starting Price: $95.00 Auction ends: April 24, 2016, 6:59 AM PDT. Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York United States Comments: Part of a band of early Italian Punto … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Seventeen items – April 17, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/hr776zb A Stunning 580cm Antique Brussels Lace Circa 1880 Size: 17 cm x 580 cm Starting Price: £220.00 Auction ends: April 17, 2016, 10:39 AM PDT. Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom Comments: A long border of Bruges Bloemwerk. Irregular picoted brides with ‘islands’ … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-four items – April 10, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/zym9ext 290cms antique handmade Brussels applique lace – pristine Size: 6.5 cm x 290 cm Starting Price: £62.00 Auction ends: April 10, 2016, 10:10 AM PDT Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United Kingdom Comments: A border of Brussels … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Ten items – April 3, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/hzdct4x C17th Bobbin Lace Flounce – North Italian – Milanese ? Antique Pillow Lace 3 mtr Size: 3″ x 34″ Starting Price: £35.00 Auction ends: April 3, 2016, 4:38 AM PDT Offered by: Ebay seller supa_troopa, Redditch, Worcestershire, United Kingdom Comments: A border … Continue reading

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No Ebay Alerts for March 27, 2016

Taking a break this week – will work on events  instead. There’s another auction coming up on the 30th. Laurie

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-five items – March 20, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/hp838fy 34 ins antique/vintage late 18th century Mechlin bobbin lace Size: 3″ x 34″ Starting Price: £12.00 Auction ends: March 20, 2016, 10:51 AM PDT Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom Comments: A border of Mechlin with an undulating … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-one items – March 13, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/h6akqff Antique vintage handkerchief handmade Bedfordshire English lace – wedding hanky Size: 29.5 cm square Starting Price: £12.00 Buy-it-Now Auction ends: March 13, 2016, 8:07 AM PST Offered by: Ebay seller hedgehogpear, BN8, United Kingdom Comments: A Floral Beds handkerchief. Fairly … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-nine items – March 6, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/gpmabm3 ANTIQUE LACE-BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE LACE FAN Size: ~8″ deep, 25″ across Starting Price: $95.00 Auction ends: March 6, 2016, 7:55 AM MST Offered by: Ebay seller mythia, New York, United States Comments: A high-end market Point de Gaze fan … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Thirty-four items – February 28, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/hmk65kr Antique 1860 Chantilly Lace Shawl or Cape Size: 44″ long, not sure where that measurement was taken. Starting Price: $49.99 Auction ends: February 28, 2016, 7:59 AM PST. Offered by: Ebay seller mctiques, Winterport, Maine, United States Comments: A Chantilly … Continue reading

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