Ebay Alerts! Twenty-three items – January 3, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/z84k5om Neat antique/vintage Carrickmacross lace collar
Size: 13″ neckline, 4.2″ back depth
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: January 3, 2016, 11:22 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A small collar of Carrickmacross applique on machine net.   Ring picots along the outside edges, and note the spiky picots in the outer sections of guipure.  Good needlerun fillings of two patterns.  Well organized design including lots of shamrocks.  Nice presence to this piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Might be a separation near upper left point.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory color. Hard to tell but there might be a little redness on the back outside motif.
Finish: Light creasing, minor.

231795887613   Sold for £37.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j4h954b Neat antique/vintage Carrickmacross lace collar
Size: 51″ neckline, 5″ back depth.
Starting Price: £55.00
Auction ends: January 3, 2016, 11:33 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A collar with lappet points of Brussels Duchesse. Raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts.  Note the diamond windows in the raised petals, sign of a better manufacturer.  Some raised work in the bobbinlace strapwork against halfstitch ground. Quite an elaborate romantic floral design, well made and presented.  Runs the risk of being a little crowded, but I think it comes off quite well.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. PtdG mesh looks good.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory color.
Finish: One light crease center back, minor.

331741608415   Sold for £188.99, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/npw9ejb COLLECTION OF LACE MAKING PRICKINGS (5 PIECES) SET 3
Size: collar/cuff 8″, mat 19″, similar wider mat 19″. 2 edgings ~14-16″
Starting Price: £8.00
Auction ends: January 4, 2016, 7:42 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller botanicalady, Bridgewater, Somerset, United Kingdom
Comments: A small collection of English bobbinlace prickings. Note the seller has two more lots for sale, #291648323205 and #291648322790.  The appear to be English Beds and Torchon. They seem to be prickings done from another template – there are no lines drawn on the patterns.  Note the scraps of cloth sewn onto the ends, you often see this in English Beds prickings. I’m not entirely sure how these extension were used, except to think they were the attachment points on the pillow. Rather than pinning directly through the pattern paper.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Slight wear.
Soilage: Look clean.
Finish: Paper a little wrinkled, minor. Cloth wrinkled.

291648322187   291648323205   291648322790
Sold for £21.00, 4 bidders.
Sold for £8.00, 1 bidder.
Sold for £8.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/hhdy8gt Antique/vintage Bedfordshire lace collar
Size: 19″ neckline, 8″ back depth.
Starting Price: £55.00
Auction ends: January 4, 2016, 10:38 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A deep collar of floral Beds. The design is a bit unusual, but it is a large piece which is also unusual. Note the raised leaf tallies on halfstitch ground.  I found an image of a medallion in the Bucks Cottage Worker’s Agency catalog (c. 1900), which has a lot of similar features, like the little mats done where brides meet. The catalog does say that piece is linen.  I can’t tell the thread type from the Ebay listing photos, but I wouldn’t rule it out at this point.  You can also see the same flowers in other photos in the catalog, although I’m not sure the raised work matches.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: None obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory color  A little discoloration to the back neckline.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231796803583   armstrong   Sold for £127.00, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nn2nqjh  CIVIL WAR ERA RARE WHITE SPANISH LACE SHAWL W FLORALS
Size: 32″ x 100″
Starting Price: $9.00 plus reserve
Auction ends: January 4, 2016, 12:44 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A white silk Catalonian blonde rectangular shawl or mantilla. The large, plain motifs with the 6-pointed star fillings are typical of Spanish work. Note also the half-stitch used as shading accents, but sparingly.  White blonde was used more for formal wear in Spain, most pieces like this are black.
Provenance: Central New England estate.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: None obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical and horizontal fold creaess.

291649858438   291649858438   $204.50, 7 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/hy94a4o Point de Paris long handmade bobbin lace lappets Probably circa 1800 BRIDE
Size:
~3.5″ x 31″ each
Starting Price: $165.00
Auction ends: January 4, 2016, 1:43 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A pair of lappets, probably around 1800.  The unusual fond chant ground is used even as a filling.  The motifs are quite fine, and similar things are seen in Lille, Mechlin, and both square and round hole Valenciennes of this period. There is a gimp around the motifs, so this could be a variation of Mechlin.  You do occasionally see it used earlier in what looks like Mechlin, and they did experiment with grounds. Although this is a bit late for experimentation.
The fond chant does show up in many laces outside of Point de Paris, often in combination point ground. We can’t assume all of it is some kind of English kat stitch variation. The subject is not well investigated.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1800
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A little frayed in spots along the picot edge. A few broken threads in the ground.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory white color.  Looks clean.
Finish: Slight wrinkling.

141863382363   Sold for $165.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/ndkn3c7 14 Vtg Antique Nanduti Tenerife Lace Rounds Coasters Doily
Size:
3-3/4″ to 14″ (I assume this is diameter)
Starting Price: $12.00
Auction ends: January 4, 2016, 7:16 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller kzfisch, Brielle, New Jersey, United States
Comments: A collection of Ñanduti doilies. Only the large one and one small one have the typical palm leaves around the edges, but the elaborate treatment of the centers of all is unmistakably Ñanduti.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: mid 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites age spotting and uneven age-related yellowing. Some are darker in color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231797117422   Sold for $49.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hjcapd5 EXQUISITE HAND MADE GROS POINT DE VENISE LACE COLLAR BODICE FRONT & CUFF SET
Size:
cuffs: 3″ x 9.5″, collar: 2″ x 15.5″, insert: 6″ x 14″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 9:33 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A Gros Point style matching set of triangular dress ornament, matching choker and cuffs.  Such sets don’t appear until later in the 19th c, and there are no signs of reassembly in this set. From the edge ornamentation which strongly resembles Point de Neige edges, I’m thinking this is Italian.  Excellent clothwork and ornamentation, although the raised edges are a bit too small to really lend themselves to elaborate contouring.
Provenance: Note attached says “Mrs C D Armstrong” (I’m having trouble making out the initials).
Date: Later 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None. Mounted on blue paper. I think it’s paper.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

1/2/2016 3:42 PM PST – See comment on Facebook on this piece http://tinyurl.com/qbdjxze. Probably from the Burano lace school.

301837449290   Sold for $215.50, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ovtxcqb 18TH C HAND MADE RICH DETAILED FLORAL & FOLIAGE VALENCIENNES LACE FLOUNCE
Size:
7.25″ x 106″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 9:40 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: Valenciennes de Gand border.  This type of lace was first patented in 1852 by Sr.Marie Joseph,  Virginie Vranken, the director of the lace school for orphans in Ghent.  It does appear to have been made by other manufacturers later in the century. It is a pieced lace with an unusual ground formed of three threads.  The motifs were made almost in bulk and combined into various designs.  The end effect can be quite impressive.
In this example, the raised work in the bobbinlace is unusual and probably indicates a later date. The snowflake fillings are also quite unusual.
Provenance: Museum deaccession.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Mounted on blue paper. Cut one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical fold creases.

301837451995   $380.00, 9 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/zvt72th 18TH C HAND MADE RICH FLORAL ECRU BURANO ITALIAN LACE FLOUNCE
Size:
7.5″ x 141″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 9:41 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A long border of Burano needlelace. Very typical design of large flowerhead combined with scrolling leaves. Note also the typical snowflake fillings.
Provenance: Note attached “Mrs. C.D. Armstrong
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: One end looks cut, can’t see the other end. Engrelure added.
Damage: One repair. A few small holes in the mesh (seller counts 5).
Soilage: Seller cites “some small age color”, not sure what that means.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301837452755   $332.00, 8 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/gnvmzz5 ANTIQUE HAND MADE RICH FLORAL ROSE POINT LACE CUFF TRIM FR MUSEUM COLLECTION
Size:
2.5″ x 8.5″ each.
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 9:48 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: Matching cuffs of Point de Gaze, no raised work. Good decorative ‘mode’ fillings, flowers and grids of knots.
Provenance: Museum deaccession. Note attached says “Mrs. C. D. Armstrong”.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Attached to blue paper. Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Localized slight brown spot.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301837455543   Sold for $99.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ol2cpqn RARE 18TH C MASSIVE NEEDLE LACE BERTHA / COLLAR W ORNATE FLORALS
Size:
2.5″ x 8.5″ each.
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 9:48 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A deep collar of Venise – I think it might be a Belgian piece.  The overlapping rings seen in flower centers recall Point de Gaze work.  And the clothwork is not tight, it has the open probably double twist that also gives a more open Point de Gaze effect.  I can’t see how loosely the cordonnet is buttonholed, which would also be a clue.
Then again, it could be Irish or French or Italian.
Provenance: Museum deaccession. Note attached says “Mrs. C. D. Armstrong”.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Attached to blue paper.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical fold creases.

301837455873   Sold for $495.00, 11 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hyh3fsk RARE 11.5 WIDE HAND MADE HONITON FLORAL THISTLE FOLIAGE LACE FLOUNCE 4+ YARDS
Size:
11.5″ x 148″
Starting Price: $9.00 with reserve
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 9:48 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller jamiexmas*, Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A wide, long border of Honiton guipure. Snails/slugs style with roses, tulips and thistle design. Some nicely done larger feathery leaves, and a well-worked lower border of roses.  Irregular woven picoted brides, and woven tally leadwork fillings in the motifs.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Attached to blue paper.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Might be some faint fold creases.

301837457929   $361.00, 9 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/zy8ms7h EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE MIXED LACE BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE DUCHESSE COLLAR FLOUNCE.
Size:
37″ neckline, 78″ outside, 5.75″ deep.
Starting Price: $239.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 5, 2016, 10:37 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller chair29, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A bertha of Duchesse de Bruxelles. No raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts, or in the bobbinlace. Conventional motifs in both bobbin and needlelace.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few broken brides.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory color, maybe light tea stain.  Some localized small brown spots.
Finish: A little wrinkled, minor.

311514474203   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/h3vrqr2 Pièce d’encolure en dentelle Faite main point à l’aiguille / 326815
Size:
17 cm x 43 cm
Starting Price: 135.00 EUR Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 6, 2016, 1:11 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller chair29, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A triangular dress insert of Brussels Duchesse. This is quite an elaborate piece, with a series of decreasing sized raised petal roses (no ground) at the pointed end.  There’s an elaborate medallion of needlelace with decorative ‘mode’ stitches near the top. Note how the picots are connected along the edge of the central medallion, imitating the horsehair effect of Alençon. This is a higher end market piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Localized brown spotting.
Finish: One minor crease along the edge.

201480359108   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/hjt3ujg Unusually fine mid -late 18th century English HonitonVrai Droschel bobbin lace
Size:
3.25″ x 41″
Starting Price: $95.00
Auction ends: January 6, 2016, 8:58 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A border of Brussels bobbinlace applique on droschel ground. Fillings in the flowers are bobbin-made, but I’ve never seen a design this fine in English work. So I’m going with Belgium.  The thin trailing design seems more applicable to early 19th c. work.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, engrelure added.
Damage: Small holes and pinholes in the mesh and along upper border.
Soilage: Looks a little beige in color.
Finish: Soft vertical fold creases.

141864760584   Sold for $125.95, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/qh3ss8n Antique handmade Irish Crochet Collar – nice raised elements
Size:
28″ long, 3.5″ center back depth.
Starting Price: $21.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 6, 2016, 11:14 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A narrow collar of Irish Crochet.  Interesting design of Rose of Sharon pattern with embedded larger motifs along the outer edge. Good raised work in all the rose elements. Very dense square mesh, I think the picots are small crocheted loops.
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 wrinkles.

131688941883   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/j7bq5p8 FINE TRIM IN BRUXELLES LACE 104″
Size:
4″ x 104″
Starting Price: $249.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 7, 2016, 12:56 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller elias*123, Boro, Italy
Comments: A long border of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net. Needle-made rings used as fillings, and there’s a little raised veining in the bobbinlace leaves. Overall I find this quite an elegant design with a short repeat. No esprits in the upper ground.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the tulle.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Some creasing next to the engrelure. Soft vertical fold creases.

272071170423   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/gu77cja GORGEOUS TRIM IN DUCHESSE AND POINT DE GAZE LACE 100″
Size:
3.6″ x 100″
Starting Price: $499.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 7, 2016, 1:16 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller elias*123, Boro, Italy
Comments: A long border of Brussels bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net.  The needlelace is worked in an interesting architectural motif along the lower edge.  Finely worked bobbinlace is confined largely to florals. Esprits in the upper ground.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: I think there might be a few repairs to the tulle, difficult to tell, and they might be an original part of the manufacture.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Overall wrinkling.

272071195647   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/hko6st9 BEAUTIFUL TRIM IN BOBBIN LACE 188″
Size:
3.8″ x 188″
Starting Price: $499.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 7, 2016, 1:20 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller elias*123, Boro, Italy
Comments: A pieced bobbinlace border, quite long.  It’s a kind of modern Milanese design with elaborate fillings and brides. Interesting and bold pattern.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Overall wrinkling.

272071199520   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/ha7j3ve ANTIQUE MOTHER OF PEARL AND LACE HAND FAN
Size:
20.62″ x 20.47″
Starting Price: $379.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 7, 2016, 1:38 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller socios22-2009, Castelar, Argentina
Comments: A Point de Gaze fan with Mother of Pearl sticks. Multiple raised petals on the roses, and note the diamond ‘windows’ in the petals. Fairly simple decorative ‘mode’ fillings, and note the interesting decoration on the rose petals – looks like the mesh might have been embroidered.  Romantic floral design, very well done.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Mesh looks OK, but the stains are a potential problem.
Soilage: Dark stains on the left hand side.
Finish: Expected fan folds.

262086495389   Unsold as of 1/8/2016 7:45 PM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/nqzs6t3 ANTIQUE TRIM IN POINT DE GAZE LACE
Size:
3.2″ x 96″
Starting Price: $299.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 8, 2016, 7:39 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller elias*123, Boro, Italy
Comments: A long Point de Gaze border, no raised work. Simple design, short repeat.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end. Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Mesh looks good.
Soilage: I see a free small red spots in the photos, not sure how real they are.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

272071936479   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/nqzs6t3 GORGEOUS TRIM IN POINT DE GAZE LACE
Size:
2.6″ x 74″
Starting Price: $199.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: January 9, 2016, 2:35 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller elias*123, Boro, Italy
Comments: Another long Point de Gaze border, no raised work. Simple design, short repeat. The design is a bit dense, and the cordonnet a little overwhelming.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end. Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Mesh looks good.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

272072762064   Unsold.

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Ebay Alerts! Eighteen items – December 27, 2015

http://tinyurl.com/zrfozzd Vintage Antique Stitched Lace Collar (a)
Size: 17″ long, 14″ wide laid flat
Starting Price: $17.99 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 4:22 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller heylookasquirrel, Crofton,Maryland, United States
Comments: An interesting Maltese collar. Plaited neckline, alternating crosses and flowers on outside edge. Inside is an unusual ground with some nice guipure work of leaves and flowers.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Might be a separation near upper left point.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Overall wrinkling.

252012356224   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/zsyhjoq A Stunning Extra Large Handmade Irish Crochet Handkerchief Circa 1890
http://tinyurl.com/jajdp5a A Fine Elegant Handmade Irish Crochet Wedding Handkerchief C. 1900
Size: 40 cm square, lace is 7.5 cm deep.
30 cm square
Starting Price: £48.00, £26.00
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 10:40 AM PST
December 27, 2015, 2015, 9:55 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: Handkerchiefs edged with Irish crochet are rare, especially ones with large motifs. It’s just a bit heavy for a handkerchief. The first one has rather flat undecorated motifs with low profile raised work. The picoted brides include a few early knotted guipure motifs.  Interesting piece.
The second one has an early knotted guipure design.  Looking at the join to the cloth, I’m not sure this is an original piece, but you’d have to look very closely to really tell. Here the lightness of lace is more appropriate to a handkerchief.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos on either.
Soilage: Both look clean.
Finish: 1st – Horizontal fold creases, center cloth a little creased.
2nd – Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

351609066396  Sold for £86.45, 2 bidders.
311508373661   Sold for £ 26.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pha8t93 Antique/vintage Carrickmacross guipure lace collar
Size: 36″ neckline, 5.5″ back depth.
Starting Price: £35.00
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 9:50 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Carrickmacross guipure dress front. Typical circular picots on the edges, and note the spiked picots in the brides (sign of better manufacture).  Also some good grids of rings used as fillings. Overall design is a bit naive, I’m not sure I like the combination of very large and very small motifs. But overall, a nice example.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional separation of the muslin from the outline thread.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331737159549   331737159549a   Sold for £35.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/zvqqyeh A Fine Elegant Handmade Irish Crochet Wedding Collar & Cuffs/Lappets 1860
Size: collar – 116 cm x 8 cm, cuff/lappets 48 cm x 5 cm
Starting Price: £38.00
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 10:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: This Irish Crochet set is in the ‘Gros Point’ style, probably indicating an earlier date.  Note the extra ornamentation on the edges of the raised work resembling Gros Point.  Looped picots on the irregular brides.  Some of the clothwork looks like it might be made double-crochet stitches.
I’m a little confused on the design arrangement, and wonder if the collar is an assembled piece. The neckline looks a little off compared to the rest of the piece.  And the whole thing lacks symmetry.
Some of the fillings look needle-made, and the closeup photos aren’t enough, but I think they are all crocheted.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c
Condition:
Modifications: The collar is quite long, and I’m wondering if the two ‘lappets’ were originally attached to the ends of the collar.
Damage: Occasional frayed bride.
Soilage: Some isolated brown spotting. Neckline looks a bit discolored.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

311508375817   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/zmj9qof A Stunning Brussels Lace Handkerchief in Original Box C 1880
Size: 44 c square
Starting Price: £82.00
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 10:36 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A handkerchief of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net.  Romantic floral design, well organized with finely worked technique. Minor needlelace accents, just a few knots used as fillings.   Quite unusual for something like this to have the box survive. You see surviving boxes much more often from French manufacturers like Lefébure.
Provenance: Comes in a box labeled “Trousseaux and Layettes, Steinmann & Co 185, 186 Piccadilly London W.
Date: I found a catalog for P. Steinmann & Co. which says ‘founded 1865’. So 4th quarter 19th c isn’t unreasonable. http://tinyurl.com/q5kv52c
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Some small holes and pinh9oles in the tulle.
Soilage: Some localized rust staining.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases, center cloth wrinkled.

351609091591   351609091591a   351609091591b
Sold for £103.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zr8osq2 Antique/vintage Brussels Duchesse and Point de Gaze lace dress front
Size: 15″ x 4.6″
Starting Price: £30.00
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 10:58 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse dress ornament in a series of cascading bows with flowers/leaves down the center. No raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts, nor in the bobbinlace.  This is a really fun piece, delightful unconventional design, excellent technique.  It reminds me of the detailed work you see on the occasional lace ‘necklace’ that comes up on Ebay.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One definite broken bride, might be another. Minor.
Soilage: Seller cites mid ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231789757764   Sold for £124.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pt7so6e A Large Antique Brussels Lace Duchesse Bertha/Collar
Size: 118 cm x 13.5 cm
Starting Price: £38.00
Auction ends: December 27, 2015, 2015, 11:14 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A Bruges Bloemwerk bertha.  Note the ‘islands’ joining the brides, typical of this lace.  Conventional motifs, and note the interesting filling in the center front  A good example of the type.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few minor frayed brides and tie-offs.
Soilage: Seller cites a few age marks.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

311508418244   Sold for £38.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/hlf29bq Pretty antique/vintage Brussels Duchesse and Point de Gaze lace collar
Size: not given
Starting Price: £35.00
Auction ends: December 28, 2015, 2015, 10:35 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A collar of Brussels Duchesse with no raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts.  Interesting, unconventional design arrangement, well executed. It makes good use of one decorative ‘mode’ filling pattern in the strapwork. The piece has a very nice presence.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few minor frayed brides and tie-offs.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331737851085   Sold for £48.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/qd6365a Large handkerchief – Fine quality handmade English Honition bobbin lace
Size: 16+” across, lace ~5.5″ deep
Starting Price: $175.00
Auction ends: December 28, 2015, 2015, 1:07 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A handkerchief of Honiton guipure. Breaking out of the snails/slugs style with nicely refined motifs.  There’s still a little way to go toward the complete naturalism of the ‘Treadwin’ era, but this is quite an interesting piece.  Good woven tally leadworks used well in the fillings.  Irregular picoted brides, sometimes used as a zigzag filling.  I like the more rigid repeat on the outside, with the scattered flowers next to the center.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional broken bride, minor.
Soilage: Seller cites ivory white color.
Finish: Overall wrinkling.

141858352557    No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/otqah4n Large Section Antique Black Silk Maltese Lace- Very Decorative
Size: 19″ x 46″ (top), 62″ (bottom)
Starting Price: £38.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 29, 2015, 2015, 1:10 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller pbur3053, Selkirk, United Kingdom
Comments: Some of the best Maltese is found in these wide borders.  Not that the big square and triangular shawls aren’t beautiful, but somehow the lacemakers/designers seem to pay more detailed attention in the wider borders.  This one (wish there were more) has excellent guipure work, and note the upper ground of finely worked woven leaves.  I think the lower ground is a 5-pointed star, which you tend to find in better pieces.  Both the technique and design are excellent in this border.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both end.
Damage: Small holes in scallops toward the right end.  Detachment of upper band near left side.
Soilage: Seller cites minor fading.
Finish: Vertical fold crease.

272060674291   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/jlqkxfx Vintage Brussels Point De Gaze Lace Bertha Collar / Very Good / Exc. Cond.
Size: 39″ neckline, 5.5″ deep.
Starting Price: $69.00
Auction ends: December 29, 2015, 2015, 6:00 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller textiles2012, Hydes, Maryland, United States
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse bertha with raised petals in the Point de Gaze roses. A little raised work against halfstitch ground in some of the bobbinlace.  Conventional motifs, nicely arranged.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Minor broken brides/separations along neckline. PtdG mesh looks good.
Soilage: Seller says it has been cleaned but gives no information on the process.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

252222453428   Sold for $143.50, 8 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/p5eafbl Col dentelle ancienne Angleterre antique Brussels lace bertha encaje antigua
Size: 104 cm long, 10 cm deep
Starting Price: 75.00 EUR Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 29, 2015, 2015, 11:07 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Rhône-Alpes, France
Comments: My first thought is Honiton applique on machine net, because of the extensive woven leadwork tallies.  But the design of the motifs is more Belgian. But I think I’ll stick with Honiton, mainly because the flow of the individual motifs seems more English.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the tulle.
Soilage: Seller cites an ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301811816829   301811816829a   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/odcg7fe barbe dentelle ancienne Bruxelles antique Brussels lace lappets encaje antigua
Size: 113 cm long, 13 cm deep
Starting Price: 65.00 EUR Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 29, 2015, 2015, 11:14 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Rhône-Alpes, France
Comments: A lappet scarf of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net. Some needle-made knots singly and in grids are used as fillings, along with some rings buttonholed in the tulle.  Simple design, mostly at the ends. A good middle market product.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: I see one break in the fillings, a few pinholes in the tulle.
Soilage: Seller cites an ivory color with traces of yellow.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles. Almost looks unused.

301811819579   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/zbd4l2x Rare Museum Quality Ladies Antique Valencienne Lace Edge Handkerchief Monogram
Size: 13.5″ square
Starting Price: $189.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 30, 2015, 2015, 4:55 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller simonedar, Sandusky, Ohio, United States
Comments: A Valenciennes handkerchief with a whitework monogram. The lace is well done with fine motifs.  You can see the diagonal seam at each corner, so I’m thinking the lace is cut to fit. But it’s a very good job. I especially like the monogram, which look like it incorporates some needlelace stitches.
Provenance: From a 3 album collection acquired in the 1980’s from Mr. Sigmund Sternfeld, who got it at a museum auction in New York City.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Looks pristine, no creases or wrinkles.

141841323759   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/zzhggjt Antique silk handmade Beds Maltese / Bedfordshire lace collar – English lace
Size: 42 cm neckline.  12 cm max depth.
Starting Price: £34.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 30, 2015, 2015, 10:08 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller hedgehogpear, BN8, United Kingdom
Comments: A silk guipure collar.  At least I think it’s silk.  It has the form of a Beds collar, however I’m thinking it might Cluny because of the material, although that usually has a gimp.  An interesting piece which might represent an industry in competition with Beds.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One hole at one corner.
Soilage: Seller cites a warm honey color. Some discoloration along neckline.
Finish: No creases or wrinkles.

161903095567   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/o94gvzv EXQUISITE Vintage Hand Embroidered White Linen & Needle Lace Tablecloth 43″x44″
Size: 43″ x 44″
Starting Price: £145.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 30, 2015, 2015, 10:20 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller ningsthings, Sutherland, United Kingdom
Comments: A table cover with an Irish Crochet border. Or maybe it might be some kind of pillow cover. Trefoil design, note the Clones knots. Good, precise work.  The lace looks shaped around the corners.  There’s a raised whitework embroidery just above the hem on all sides, quite good design and technique.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st quarter 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional broken bride.
Soilage: Seller says it is newly laundered but gives no details on the process.
Finish: No creases or wrinkles.

281871604908   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/ztg8xp5 Vintage Black Spanish Tenerife Lace Scarf Veil Handmade Mourning
Size: 52″ x 21″
Starting Price: $39.99 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: January 2, 2015, 2015, 2:08 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller rachels_linen, Ocala, Florida, United States
Comments: Black sol laces are rare, and I can’t really tell where this was made.  The weaving is quite loose.  The form is a mantilla headcover which might imply a Spanish market. I can’t tell if the thread is silk, seller thinks it might be cotton.  I’m guessing some kind of central/south American origin.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st quarter 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional broken thread.
Soilage: Seller cites soft black with a touch of brown overtones.
Finish: A little overall wrinkling.

401036688546   Sold for a ‘make offer’ price.

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Ebay Alerts! Fourteen items – December 20, 2015

http://tinyurl.com/gtxrlua 3 antique/vintage hand made lace butterflies
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: £10.00
Auction ends: December 20, 2015, 2015, 10:14 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: It’s a little unusual to see bobbinlace butterflies, and this is a nice set of three.  I’ll call them Cluny style, although it’s difficult to make an exact attribution.  I particularly like the smallest one – it looks like an ephemeral moth.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231782803217   Sold for £24.59, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nolgv6c An Antique Maltese Silk Lace Bertha Collar Late 19th C.
Size: 38 cm across bottom, 35 cm long, 43 cm across the top.
Starting Price: £34.00
Auction ends: December 20, 2015, 2015, 10:26 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese dress front. The inner part is a mass of woven leaves, looks almost like a solid textile. Wheatear motifs around the outside edges. Very nice presence to this piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:. Early 20th c
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites slight discoloration around neckline.
Finish: Vertical fold crease up center.

311504201700   Sold for £34.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/o6nhnv9 GORGEOUS ANTIQUE LACE COLLAR LAPPET BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE
Size: 41″ x (3″ to 2″)
Starting Price: $125.00
Auction ends: December 20, 2015, 2015, 12:31 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller karinscloset, Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze lappet scarf with raised petal roses. A large decorative ‘mode’ medallion at both ends.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:. 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None, although I’m note exactly sure what’s going on in the center back.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites pale ecru color and some tiny storage/age discolorations.
Finish: Fold creases across the width of the scarf.

252211833457   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/gnbenjr Exceptional Antique Wedding BrusselS POINT DE Gaze Lace Hanky Handkerchief
Size: 12.5″ x 13″
Starting Price: $95.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: December 20, 2015, 2015, 12:55 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller ironladyny, Corinth, New York, United States.
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse handkerchief – no raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts.  There is some raised work on halfstitch background in the scrollwork.  Conventional motifs, nicely arranged.  I like the inner edge treatment.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. PtdG mesh looks good, but not all is photographed.
Soilage: Seller cites off white or antique white in color.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.  A little overall wear.

361448954306   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/hduoqf8 Antique Irish Crochet Lace Collar Raised Floral & Bead Sq Back
Size: 12″ across, 18″ long laid flat.
Starting Price: $59.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: December 20, 2015, 2015, 13:43 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller rcfavorites, Taylors, South Carolina, United States
Comments: An Irish Crochet dress front. Looks like all but the last photo have been taken of the back side.  Note the square mesh with Clones knots used as picots. There’s a right-left symmetry to the design, and the motifs are tightly worked and interesting in design (even from the back side). Overall design is a little scattered.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few broken brides lower center front.
Soilage: Seller cites ecru color.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

331713409035   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/oejalyc Antique Victorian Handmade Black Silk Bedfordshire Lace Parasol
Size: 21″ diameter, 25″ long.
Starting Price: $299.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: December 21, 2015, 2015, 7:02 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller chantillydreams, Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Comments: An black silk guipure parasol with wood handle. It has more of a Maltese than a Beds look, and further, more of a Spanish than Maltese look.  So I’m not sure where this is coming from, but I’m leaning toward Spain. It is a little thin for Maltese, but it is a possibility. It’s a small, delicate object that has survived well. One interesting thing is the spiral in the lace at the finial – you can see one trail leading off into the main design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: Expected parasol folds.

311470042540   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/qanknm9 93 ins antique/vintage early 19th c Alencon needle lace
Size: 3.5″ x (60″ and 33″)
Starting Price: £20.00
Auction ends: December 21, 2015, 2015, 9:52 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: Two pieces of the same borders of early 19th c Alençon with what looks to be réseau fin. The openness of some of the toilé marks this as a slightly later piece than the more usual Herren Alençon of the late 18th c.  But it retains the very small repeat and rows of carefully done esprits.  No decorative ‘mode’ fillings, but a few variations in the standard toilé. Note, the horsehair appears to have been taken out of the picots.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut all ends. Engrelure added.
Damage: Quite a few carefully done repairs.  Small holes and pinholes throughout.
Soilage: Seller cites age darkened ecru.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles, but it is a bit worn.

231783917129   Sold for £20.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/jp8gz87 Exquisite Antique Large Irish Crochet Lace Collar-Motifs-Doubled Florets
Size: 12.5″ across neck, 32″ long.
Starting Price: Au $175.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 22, 2015, 2015, 6:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller pams_linen, Western Victoria, Australia
Comments: A dress front of Irish Crochet.  Rose of Sharon pattern on top, with an elaborate large motif arrangement on the bottom. The work has a French feeling, with the heavy looped Clones Knots decorating the lower square mesh.  Good raised work, tight technique.  I think the overall design doesn’t come off too well with the light top and heavy bottom – that’s sometimes the case with the French version of IC.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photographs.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

271966180799   Unsold.

http://tinyurl.com/hka23e3 Vintage Point de Gaze Lace Trim / Very Good
Size: 3.5″ x (44″ + 20″)
Starting Price: $39.00
Auction ends: December 22, 2015, 2015, 6:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller textiles2012, Hydes, Maryland, United States
Comments: Two pieces of the same Point de Gaze border. No raised work in the roses, and no elaborate decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Just a single ring in motif centers.  The design is quite delicate, and note the looped picots along the lower border. Sign of a better manufacturer.
The seller is also listing two small Point de Gaze collars  #262193370626, with the same looped picot border on one of them.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: I can see two cut ends in the photos. Engrelure (elaborate) added.
Damage: Pinholes and small holes in the mesh.
Soilage: Seller cites ‘vanilla’ color.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

252214155918   Sold for $46.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jkef48l ANTIQUE LACE- CIRCA 1800’s. LOVELY FINE MECHLIN LACE
Size: 3″ x 81″
Starting Price: $225.00
Auction ends: December 23, 2015, 2015, 3:36 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: A long border of Mechlin. Note the use of half-stitch shading, which is a later 19th c feature.  Delicate design of flowers, and some nice woven esprits used as fillings.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Two well-done joins. Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Seller cites a few tiny repairs near the foot edge.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Vertical fold creases, some light irregular creases.

391344976030   Sold for $225.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/j5ngwjj CIRCA 19THC. BLACK TAMBOUR LACE APRON FRONT
Size: 38″ x 49″
Starting Price: $19.99
Auction ends: December 23, 2015, 2015, 3:41 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: An interesting Embroidered net square, perhaps an apron or hat veil. It looks needlerun, but photos aren’t close enough to really tell (seller says it is tambour). Quite an elaborate design with heavy lower border, and small esprits used as esprits.  Wish there a photo of the hole thing laid flat, it’s hard to tell the exact design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 2nd half 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None, I think.
Damage: Seller cites a few minor openings.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: Overall wrinkling.

151920255566   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/p5wxyqc ANTIQUE LACE- 388″,985.cm ,ORNATE BRUSSELS MIXED LACE FLOUNCE
Size: 12″ x 388″
Starting Price: $795.00
Auction ends: December 23, 2015, 2015, 3:48 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: A long, wide border of Brussels bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net. Some small needle-made rings and knots used as fillings. Esprits in the main ground are fairly large sprigs.  The small flowers are needlelace. The piece has a clean naturalistic design.  Not quite romantic enough for a Crinoline flounce as conventionally defined.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: One seam.  One end cut, can’t see the other end.
Damage: A few pinholes and pulls in the tulle.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Light creasing.

391344982056   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/pjuz7p9 ANTIQUE LACE-LOVELY 123″ BRUSSELS LACE SHAWL WITH BOWS,FLOWERS
Size: 28″ x 123-124″
Starting Price: $495.00
Auction ends: December 23, 2015, 2015, 3:53 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: A rectangular shawl of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net. Needle-made grids of rings and knots used as fillings. Romantic flowers, with quite a bit of ribbon and swag work. Dotted esprit ground interspersed with small leaf sprigs. The technique is a bit conventional.  It’s not the highest end product, but a good example of something aimed more at the upper middle market.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A few small holes and pinholes in the tulle.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Light creasing.

151920262906   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/h8xdn8w ANTIQUE LACE-EARLY MECHLIN LACE
Size: 1.5″ x 50″
Starting Price: $95.00
Auction ends: December 23, 2015, 2015, 3:56 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: An early 18th c Mechlin with snowflake ground. This doesn’t come up often.  Note the typical rather blocky motifs with very little decoration in the clothstitch. It’s plain and fancy at the same time.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1740
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends with folded finishes. One join.
Damage:  A bit worn, but not bad. Slightly frayed upper and lower edges. A few tiny holes, seller cites one repair.
Soilage: Seller cites a few tiny spots.
Finish: Light vertical fold creases.

151920264759   No bids.

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No Ebay Alerts for December 13, 2015

This time I have a good excuse. I’m in New York looking at early laces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a number of other lace enthusiasts.  Look at the IOLI facebook page for pictures coming soon https://www.facebook.com/iolilace.

Will resume next week.

Laurie

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Breaking News! Possible closing of the Musée des Tissus de Lyon

Many people have noted the gradual disappearance of lace on view at major museums, or even vanishing lace collections themselves.  From the closure of the Salle van Overloop in Brussels up to the recent lace deaccessions at auction in New York (due largely to the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum’s costume collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art – it’s a complex and little understood story). And the decline in government support for other museums around the world has put important lace collections at risk.

The latest threat is to the French Musée des Tissus de Lyon (http://tinyurl.com/hstfmuo). They are losing the support of the French government, and an important sponsor, the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie (CCI).  I visited this museum in 1980 and was left virtually alone with their lace collection in storage – an amazing experience.  August Lefébure documented the collection in a 114 plate publication in 1909. Other publications date back to 1890.  The museum is also the home of the highly regarded Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA) http://tinyurl.com/z7dbc44.  I don’t know what effect this would have on the activities of CIETA.

There is a petition on Change.org addressed to Mme Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of Culture and Communication urging that the museum be kept open.  Please consider signing the petition at http://tinyurl.com/ngodq9m.

Here’s an article in French explaining more of the situation. http://tinyurl.com/h93pswj

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Ebay Alerts! Forty-four items – December 6, 2015

http://tinyurl.com/hceovgj UNE ANCIENNE DENTELLE DE BRUXELLES /POINT DE GAZE : 95cm x 20cm
Size: 20 cm x 95 cm
Starting Price: 9.90 EUR
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 6:11 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller ninou21patch, FRANCE
Comments: A border of Brussels bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net.  A moderately wide piece with elaborate 2nd Empire romantic floral design. Note the careful work on the esprits throughout the ground. The needlelace is confined to flower heads and a few swags near the lower border filled with simple knot ‘mode’ fillings.  Occasional ring ‘mode’, but nothing complex.  Overall quite a nice effect, wish there were more.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends.
Damage: Small holes and pulls in the mesh. Some repair to the tulle, looks like it might be original.
Soilage: A few localized brown spots.
Finish: ‘Creasing throughout, some vertical folds.

371498686015   Sold for 37.29 EUR, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jjdtn6o FANTASTIC FRENCH 19THC BERTHE/COLLAR IRISH HANDMADE CROCHET LACE CREAM COLORED
Size: 36″ outside circumference.  6″ deep.
Starting Price: $49.99 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 6:13 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller seltmeister, simmerath, Germany
Comments: A collar of Irish Crochet with what I like to call ‘snowflake’ medallions.  These heavily padded rings form a snowflake or flower with 7 outer rings. The heavy padding is also used in rings in other medallion/flower centers.  Picoted square mesh, I think the picots are chained loops.  Good tight design with long points to the collar.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: later 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: I see one broken mesh, minor.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: I think there’s a horizontal fold creases through the circular part of the collar.

121808398455   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/hym5xvp An Antique Lace Cloth Or Handkerchief Very Detailed
Size: 38cm square
Starting Price: £80.00
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 10:02 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller rubysshed, Leighton buzzard, United Kingdom
Comments: A handkerchief of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net. Fairly simple floral design effectively arranged. The motifs are delicately made – I especially like the sprigs coming off the band of pearls along the outside border. Grids of needle-made knots and some small rings are the only decorative ‘mode’ fillings.  A nice example of this lace in the handkerchief form.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: later 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: No obvious damage from the photos, I though I had a pinhole or two spotted, hard to tell.
Soilage: This is photographed on a brown background, but I think I see some faint red spots in the lace.
Finish: Some small vertical creases along the lower edge.

221954479615   Sold for £82.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/h82yxpg A Charming Antique Honiton Lace Stole in Original Box C.1880/90
Size: 48 cm x 132 cm
Starting Price: £52.00
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 10:30 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: I think this might be a bonnet veil of Honiton applique on machine net. There is no photo of the whole thing laid flat, but there is a closeup of an edge that looks like a typical bonnet veil band meant to thread a ribbon through. The Honiton is snails/slugs style, difficult to access the pattern the way it is presented in the listing.
The box is a very rare survivor, I don’t recall seeing one before.
Provenance: Presumably from A. Blackborne, South Audley Street (London) lace manufacturer.  “A” could be for Anthony or his son Arthur. Their shop lace stock is now in the Bowes Museum, given in 2006, with other pieces also spread among various museums.  This is a famous name among English lace dealers.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None, I presume.
Damage: Small holes and pinholes in the tulle. A short separation from the ‘ribbon’ edge.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Seems to have been kept in tissue in the original box.

311495771846   Sold for £52.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/jgrxpgu Antique/vintage Honiton lace motif – bird and berries – Mrs Treadwin?
http://tinyurl.com/pl93h3n 3 antique/vintage Honiton lace butterflies – Mrs Treadwin?
http://tinyurl.com/jlzmpp3 Antique/vintage Honiton lace motif – viola and leaves – Mrs Treadwin?
http://tinyurl.com/op5txoq 4 antique/vintage Honiton lace butterflies – Mrs Treadwin?
http://tinyurl.com/hpfc2ak Antique/vintage Honiton lace motif – flower spray- Mrs Treadwin?
Size: motifs:  #1 – 2.2″ x 2.2″.  #2 – 1.9″ x 2.2″, 1.1″ x 1.1″, 1.2″ x 1.2″.
#3 – 3″ x 2.8″.  #4 – 2.1″ x 0.5″, 1″ x 0.5″, 0.75″ x 0.5″, 0.75″ x 0.5″.
#5 – not given.
Starting Price: all £20.00
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 11 AM PST
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Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: Unmounted Honiton motifs come up for sale more than you might think. These are all well out of the snails/slugs mode, and demonstrate excellent technique and design.  They are all for a garden scene, and were probably meant to applique on machine net.  Beautiful work. Someone should write a pattern book on these someday.
I wonder why so many of these were put on blue paper, was it part of the manufacturing process?
Provenance: These are all sophisticated motifs, but difficult to attribute to any specific maker.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: They all look clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles, attaching to blue paper has helped survival.  The papers themselves are in a variety of conditions.

331720372048   Sold for £187.80, 2 bidders.
231769867421   Sold for £90.00, 5 bidders
331721372736  Sold for 36.00, 3 bidders.
331721375589   Sold for 157.00, 5 bidders.

331722289378   Sold for £26.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nu484yv A Beautiful Antique Brussels Lace Bertha collar & Cuffs
Size: cuffs, 8 cm x 21 cm.  frontpiece, 48 cm x 51 cm laid flat.
Starting Price: £58.00
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 11:15 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A frontpiece or collar of Duchesse de Bruges with a pair of cuffs.  The cuffs don’t appear to match the frontpiece, but both are in the same basic style. Conventional motifs, with a very dense pattern.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious form the photos.
Soilage: Some staining along the neckline of the frontpiece.
Finish: Some vertical fold creases in the frontpiece.

311497158120   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/j8pczb8 Unusual handmade vintage IRISH CROCHET – wearable collector’s study piece
Size: ~33-34″ on the inside edge, ~10″ deep center back.
Starting Price: $29.00
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 11:15 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: An unusual Irish Crochet collar, or perhaps a headpiece as the seller notes. The motifs are fairly simple, 5 petaled rose and leaves that do look a little like tape lace. But the ground is quite unusual – it’s a square mesh with a picot loop set in one corner of each square. This gives the lace a very dense appearance, and the work tends to bunch up a bit along the edges. There is a little raised work of freely hanging narrow leaves in some motifs, almost like what they do in France.
To me it’s an acquired taste.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious form the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a ‘pearl white’ color with some minor staining.
Finish: Doesn’t lie quite flat (minor).

141840830538   Sold for $33.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zgymk7h C. 1800 Handmade Bruges Bobbin Lace Cloth 31″x32″ possible Ecclesiastical
Size: 31″ x 32″
Starting Price: $899.00, $1,200.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 6, 2015, 2015, 5:23 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller prairiegrasscollectibles, Springfield, Illinois, United States
Comments: A square of Brussels bobbinlace with brides, in the style of the 1730’s. Maybe a little loosely woven.  It has been made up of 4 separate sections of the same border, these run vertically in the thumbnail below. If you divide the piece in two vertically, the sections have been turned so that the piece is kind of a mirror image around that line. I believe that the top and bottom edges in the thumbnail have new picot edges added, although there aren’t enough closeups of these areas to really tell what is going on.  The design is of feathery scrolling leaves, and the basic pattern is intact. Not sure how much has been cut off the top edges of the original flounce.
Provenance: From an Augusta Auctions sale, doesn’t say which one.
Date: ~1730’s
Condition:
Modifications: An assembled piece.
Damage: Nothing obvious form the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

252191726802   Sold for $1,000.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/nqjpbn6 Antique handworked Maltese Silk Cream Lace Collar & Lappets
Size: Not given
Starting Price: £20.00
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 2:43 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 50bathview, Bath, Avon, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese frontpiece and cuff set.  The collar looks a bit abruptly terminated at the ends, but it doesn’t look cut. The collar and cuffs apper to match.  Note the very dense background of woven leaves with the Maltese crosses for once, taking second place in the design.  Interesting set.
Provenance: Listing says ‘hand made by my great grandparent’.  Hopefully that person came from Malta or Gozo.
Date: 1st half 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious form the photos.
Soilage: Some light isolated brown stains.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

262168460990   Sold for £20.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/h8u4bwv Brussels rose point de gaze bertha collar, c 1900
Size: laid flat 11.5″ inner diameter, 22″ outer diameter
Starting Price: £65.00
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 11:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A Point de Gaze bertha with raised petal roses.  Nicely flowing design, not as crowded and fussy as you sometimes see.  The decorative ‘mode’ fillings are simple, only one type used in the swag-work near the outer edge.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Small holes and pinholes in the mesh, especially near the neckline.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291628129837   Sold for £67.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zbgn9f9 Brussels Rose point de gaze needlepoint collar
Size: laid flat, 13″ x 9.25″
Starting Price: £20.00
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 11:30 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A neat little collar of Point de Gaze with raised petal roses. Seems to be a choker collar, and there were probably matching pieces that went with it originally. No elaborate ‘mode’ fillings, other than the usual semicircles in the rose centers.  Nice design, with good, precise work.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Late 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291628137715   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jr689ez ANTIQUE LACE- CIRCA 18THC. MECHLIN LACE LAPPET
Size: 90″ x 3.5″
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 11:54 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, New York, United States
Comments: Joined bobbinlace lappets, Brussels pieced motifs with droschel ground. The technique is good, with some interesting fillings. But the design is not very sophisticated.  I’m wondering if these are English pieces, although the technique looks more Flemish.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: mid 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: No photos of the join so hard to say what the condition of the tops of the lappets is.  Picoted edge is a 19th c. addition.
Damage: Mesh has a lot of pulls and repairs.  Some fillings have holes, and it looks like some attempt to repair fillings was made with needlelace mesh stitches.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal fold creases.

391333983047   $45.00, 1 bidder, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/pqgmwdv A VICTORIAN BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE LACE COLLAR WITH TRIPLE RAISED ROSES
Size: 17″ neckline, 3″ deep center back, with 11.5″ front points.
Starting Price: £40.00
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 12:36 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A collar with long front points of Point de Gaze.  The raised petal roses (3 layers in places) are quite interesting, with many small petals. This is a good example of how the petal structure is supported by a coarse base mesh. Note the large medallions of decorative “mode” fillings. I like the way the design flows down the points. At the back it’s a bit more conventional.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: mid 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: No photos of the join so hard to say what the condition of the tops of the lappets is.  Picoted edge is a 19th c. addition.
Damage: Several repairs to the mesh, in some places it looks replaced. Mainly done at the back of the neck.
Soilage: Looks clean, maybe a little beige in color.
Finish: Hard to tell but there might be a fold crease at the back of the neck.

191748344189   Sold for £43.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jjrnse3 Point de Gaze antique Tambour tulle net embroidered lace BUCKS 1 YARDS +13″
Size: 2.5″ x 1 yard 13″
Starting Price: $16.99
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 2:51 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller the.lace.place, Spokane, Washington, United States
Comments: This is a difficult one to access, the photos are fuzzy.  I think it might late 18th c Burano, but I can’t see the cordonnet clearly.  Might be Alençon, however it looks a bit too plain for that, and I can’t tell if the cordonnet is buttonholed or overcast.  The fillings are also a little sloppy.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: late 18th early 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: I think the ends are cut, but have been finished with similar needlelace work.  Engrelure added.
Damage: General wear overall with a few pinholes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean, maybe a little beige in color.
Finish: Some light vertical fold creases.

331721506274   Sold for $21.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hpbrkyx Briggs Patent No 2 Wheel for Teneriffe Lae made of brass lacemaking crafts
Size: 3.5″ long
Starting Price: £10.00
Auction ends: December 7, 2015, 2015, 2:51 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller boltsdadnick12, camelford, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Comments: You see Brigg Teneriffe lace wheels advertised in the Manchester School of Embroidery magazine, issues no. 35, 1912.  The US patent is dated Dec 31, 1901 in the name of Ada Sykes Dixon, and was later assigned to the William Briggs company in Manchester. (there is an Ada S. Davies who lectured in embroidery at the Manchester School of Needlework, unsure if this is the same Ada who held the patent.)
There was a round one, and this ‘bow tie’ one, made in brass, aluminum, and something that looks like tortoiseshell.  These forms are meant to be attached to a small cushion (also sold by the same company – I have one in my collection) with pins through the holes, and the threads were wound around the pins. You could make three different forms with the ‘bow tie’ one.
The brass ‘bow tie’ form is fairly rare.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1900
Condition:
Modifications:None.
Damage: A little scratched, not bad.  No photo of the backside.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Slight patina.

221956074024   Sold for £45.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/o9lk5z4 Antique/vintage Brussels Duchesse lace collar/dress front
Size: 18″ neckline, neck to front edge, 11″
Starting Price: £15.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 10:28 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Bruges Bloemwerk collar with roughly square picoted brides.  Good tight weaving weaving, and a nice presence to the design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications:None.
Damage: A little frayed along the neckline.
Soilage: Seller cites ‘antique white colour’.  Occasional tiny red spot.
Finish: Might be a soft fold line at the back of the neck.

331722291620   Sold for £15.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/he5yomz 78 ins antique/vintage Brussels Duchesse lace border – rose and leaf
Size: 1./7″ x 78″
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 10:42 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A long Duchesse de Bruges border.   Short repeat of one flower and some leaves and a tendril.  Irregular picoted brides.  Single woven tally fillings, and this pushes it a bit to the Bloemwerk side.  Note the integrated bobbin-made ‘engrelure’.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Late 19th early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t tell on the other end.
Damage: Seller cites an occasional broken bride.
Soilage: Seller cites ‘pale ivory colour’.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231770936067   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/ncybc73 Antique/vintage Carrickmacross lace collar
Size: 35″ neckline, back depth 6″
Starting Price: £65.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 10:52 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A collar of Carrickmacross applique on machine net.  Impressive design and technique.  Note the typical ring picots along the outer edge, and areas of needle-run fillings.  No bridework on this piece.  Also note the extra touch of the heavy rings in flower centers.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Late 19th early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites muslin coming away from stitching in a few places. That’s pretty common in pieces like this.
Soilage: Seller cites ‘mid ivory colour’.  I see a few localized small red spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231770947918   Sold for £65.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/jr4ld7a Rare bobbin lace border c1700, of Valenciennes or Binche type.
Size: 30″ x 2.3″
Starting Price: £45.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 11:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of the style called ‘Binche’. And from what we know of the very small 18th c Binche lace industry, this could be typical of that area.  Similar things were made in Valenciennes, but usually with more emphasis on clothwork. This very small motif pattern with the snowflake ground has led directly to the Binche of today.  So we don’t really know the origin of pieces like this, but the name for the style seems to have stuck.  Note the very fine thread which first appears in the early 18th c, and the vertically symmetric design with a short repeat is a little unusual for this style.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: Early 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends.
Damage: Frayed top and bottom edges, with a few holes and weaknesses in the main body. One major tear along the lower edge.
Soilage: Looks clean, but I think I see one small red spot along the lower border.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291628166772   Sold for £88.78, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/z2tf66p LACE Brussels Mixed Lace Collar with 7 POINT DE GAZE Inserts
Size: 32.5″ neckline, 6.25″ deep.
Starting Price: $39.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 11:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller curated_store, Dublin, Ohio, United States
Comments: A bertha of Duchesse de Bruxelles.  Raised petal roses in the 7 Point de Gaze inserts.  Conventional design, a little crowded.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: I can’t see the ends of the piece too well, but they don’t match well and I wonder if one has been cut off.  Very difficult to tell, ask the seller for more photos of that area.  It’s unusual for a bertha to lay entirely flat – this one seems a little bit short.
Damage: Two areas of broken brides.  Some pinholes in the ptdG mesh.
Soilage: Off white color. Some yellowed areas at the back of the neckline and back of the collar.  Two small red spots.  Seller says it has been carefully hand laundered and lightly pressed, but gives no details on the process.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

351593932681   Sold for $45.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jvy74rc Large POINT DE ROSE Needle Lace Collar, Ecru
Size: 35″ neckline, 5.75″ deep.
Starting Price: $42.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 11:29 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller curated_store, Dublin, Ohio, United States
Comments: A fine Venise collar.  Note the single picots on the brides, along with a few trefoils where brides meet. What I find really interesting about this piece is that there are no raised edges on the motifs  (I’ve seen this before in some wide borders, but have yet to really place the origin of pieces like this).  There are just a few padded cordonnets in flower centers.  The chain of rings in some is very reminiscent of Point de Gaze, so it’s possible this is a Belgian piece. There are some interesting fillings used occasionally, but only clothwork variations.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Two repairs at the neckline.
Soilage: Ecru color. Some yellowed areas and some lightly rust stains.  Seller says it has been carefully hand laundered and lightly pressed, but gives no details on the process.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

351593932899   Sold for $57.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zpm4evj BURANO Needle Lace Dress Front Lined with Tulle, Dolls, Costume
http://tinyurl.com/nntxo7r Rare Burano Needlepoint lace set of dress front and cuffs, c. 1900
Size: no information on #1.  #2 – insert, 13.5″ x 6.5″. cuffs – 8.25″ x 3″.
Starting Price: $18.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 11:29 AM PST
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Offered by: Ebay seller curated_store, Dublin, Ohio, United States
Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: Here are two similar Burano sets. The first one appears to be a triangular insert attached to a choker collar. The endpieces might be cuffs. There is no in-focus photo of the whole thing.  The second one is just a triangular insert with two cuffs.
Both sets are fairly typical Burano products. There appears to be more varied fillings in the first set.  Burano doesn’t come up for sale that often, so it’s unusual to see such similar sets in the same week.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: First one is mounted on tulle. Looks assembled from an insert, two cuffs, and a choker caller. Boning and fasteners added to the collar.
Second one, no modifications.
Damage: First one – holes in the mesh, mostly in the triangular insert. Second one looks OK.  Second one, a little trimming at the top of the triangular insert.  A few holes in the mesh.
Soilage: They all look clean.
Finish: Seller says the first one is hand laundered and lightly pressed, but gives no other details. It is rather wrinkled.
No wrinkles or creases on the 2nd set.

351593933125   291627323627
Sold for $36.98, 3 bidders.
Sold for £52.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zm3fupk 19c Brussels Point de Gaze Duchesse Lace Collar Hand work Bobbin & Needle Lace
Size: 7″ from neckline to bottom points, ~22″ wide.
Starting Price: $195.00
Auction ends: December 8, 2015, 2015, 11:46 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller deelz4u2
Comments: Speaking of attaching cuffs to a collar (see previous review), here’s another one. This Duchesse de Bruxelles set has a collar with a choker attached at the top, and two cuffs attached at the bottom.  And the cuffs look like they were attached upside down.  The collar and cuffs match, I’m not so sure about the choker part. But all together is somehow works.  No raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts, and there are some nice petaled ‘mode’ fillings in some flowers. I really like the little row of flowers on their vertical stalks in the choker.  The overall quality of this work is high.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Reassembled. Looks like disassembly would be straightforward.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: A few small red stains.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

272065847487   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/z5ulk52 exceptionnel mouchoir de mariée, dentelle à l’aiguille, Alençon, ancien
Size: 35 cm x 36 cm
Starting Price: 150.00 EUR
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 7:58 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lavandiere33, Aquitaine, France
Comments: A Point de Gaze monogrammed handkerchief, no raised work.  Just a few heavy rings used as fillings. Good design, well organized.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional pinhole in the mesh.
Soilage: Seller cites some red stains, but I can’t see them.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

351591898872   Sold for 182.00 EUR, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/q8xtqpj Maltese silk bobbin lace collar
Size: 21″ neckline. 22″ outer diameter. 6.25″ deep.
Starting Price: £17.50
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 10:00 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese collar. 3 layers – Maltese crosses with a fond chant circle between on the  outside.  A series of lozenges on the inside.  There’s a nice series of flowers in the middle with lots of woven leaves.  Seller says the thread is quite fine, which is unusual.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 1st quarter 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites one small break in the neckline.
Soilage: Neckline a deeper cream color than the the rest of the piece.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291627324517   Sold for £25.00, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zpk8erl Antique/vintage Honiton lace collar
Size: 389″ neckline, 5.5″ deep.
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 10:06 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A long Honiton collar. Point Honiton, with a needle-made ground. Snails/slugs style, with extensive woven tally ‘leadwork’ fillings of several types. Nicely woven, good design.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites “antique white colour”.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331723077951   Sold for £34.33, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/qx6h5on Antique/vintage 18th century needle lace lappets – some damage
Size: 3.7″ x 33″
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 10:14 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A set of Alençon lappets.  Photos aren’t close enough to get a really good look at the mesh, but I think it’s réseau fin. Which would account for all the holes.  Late 18th c design, quite effectively carried out. The small motifs and short repeats, the double border, and near perfect technique are impressive.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 18th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Small holes and pinholes throughout.
Soilage: Seller cites “dark ecru colour”.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331723085886   Sold for £79.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nh2v3ur Very rare flounce of late 17th century Venetian rose point lace in original form
Size: 7.5″ x 54″
Starting Price: £90.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 10:15 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of Gros Point with an intact pattern.  Well sculpted cordonnet, and remarkably fine ornamented brides.  The simple lower edge with picoted half-rings is very typical. Excellent patterning in the clothwork.  This might be an earlier piece in the range of Gros Point due to the fairly simple clothwork. The bobbin-made header could be original.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 17th century
Condition:
Modifications: Ends cut.
Damage: A few broken brides, minor. Seller cites repairs, but I’m not sure where they are.
Soilage: Seller notes some dirt along the lower border.  Off-white color overall.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

291627322150   £300.00, 4 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/gn98dxw Brussels duchesse bobbin and point de gaze needle lace bertha collar, c. 1900
Size: neckline ~40″, depth 6″
Starting Price: £49.50
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 10:30 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller 999dogtoby, Bath, United Kingdom
Comments: A bertha of Brussels Duchesse. No raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts There is some raised work on halfstitch background in the swags along the outer edge. Conventional motifs, all a little crowded. Good example of the type.
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 wrinkles.

291627315944   Sold for £111.20, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/juewfad antique/vintage silk Maltese lace scarf
Size: Note given.
Starting Price: £25.00
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 10:48 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A lappet scarf of cream silk Maltese. Flower pattern around the edges with a Maltese cross design running up the center. Nicely executed guipure.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: early 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller notes areas of wear, broken threads, and small repairs. Not very visible.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331723110145   Sold for £92.11, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/qh3zn86 Fine Irish Crochet Lace Collar Antique Intricate Designs Tassels Flowers NICE!
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $56.00, $139.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 5:42 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller quiterightslick, Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
Comments: An Irish Crochet Collar.  Given the type of raised work and the balls and tassels I think it’s probably a French example.  Interesting floral work, very crisp.  Picoted square mesh.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller notes areas of wear, broken threads, and small repairs. Not very visible.
Soilage: Creamy ivory color. Some light storage spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

111839944656   Sold for $67.66, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hk8xqbj BELGIAN LACE WEDDING HANDKERCHIEF, POINT DE GAZ CORNERS, NOTE FROM OWNER
Size: 13″ square
Starting Price: $55.00
Auction ends: December 9, 2015, 2015, 7:24 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller madhouserags, Concord, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse handkerchief with raised rose petals in the Point de Gaze inserts. Quite a complex design, well organized.
Provenance: Comes with a note reading “rose point handkerchief, used at my wedding, Mary H. A. Emerson”.  Uncertain if it belongs with this piece.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Off white in color with some light discoloration.  Yellowish color is from the photography.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

111840006454   Sold for $123.51, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/jh3ym7w Antique fan eventail EXQUISITE carved MOP FINE Brussels lace
Size: 11″ long
Starting Price: £250.00
Auction ends: December 11, 2015, 2015, 8:48 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lucymay*2011, York, United Kingdom
Comments: A fan of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net. With elaborately carved Mother of Pearl sticks, perhaps carved bone slips. Monogram and inlay in gold on the guard stick. Excellent romantic floral design. Unfortunately there aren’t any closeups of the photos, so hard to assess condition. You can see a few needle-made rings in the fillings.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Expected fan creases.

191752886792   Sold for £282.99, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ze5r82r Exquisite Black Chantilly lace fan leaf eventail unused crisp Antique
Size: lace 6″ deep.
Starting Price: £185.00
Auction ends: December 11, 2015, 2015, 9:13 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lucymay*2011, York, United Kingdom
Comments: An excellent Chantilly fan leaf. Interesting design with a little ombre effect against the ground at the left hand side. As with the previous piece, the photos don’t enlarge, so difficult to tell the condition.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191752900665   Sold for £185.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/j8zdgvs Beautiful Antique Brussels Lace Lappet
Size: 5.5″ x 57″
Starting Price: $24.00
Auction ends: December 11, 2015, 2015, 11:53 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller antiqueswhileyouwait, Derby, Vermont, United States
Comments: A narrow scarf of Duchesse de Bruxelles. The only Point e Gaze is a medallion at each end filled with decorative ‘mode’ patterns. Note the narrow leaves in the center portion.  I think the very heavily pattern ends and the light center part are a bit at odds design-wise.  Overall excellent technique.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: One small red spot.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

181951401786   Sold for $71.00, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/hhqfsxu Antique Irish Crochet Lace Panel Remnant Needlelace
Size: 6.5″ x 34″
Starting Price: $24.00
Auction ends: December 11, 2015, 2015, 12:41 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller antiqueswhileyouwait, Derby, Vermont, United States
Comments: Portion of an Irish Crochet panel that reminds me a lot of Theresa Dillmont’s book on Irish Crochet. So this might be a French piece.  Tight, precise work, and the picots on the square mesh might be Clones knots.  Not enough closeups to tell.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: ~1900.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Slight discoloration in one spot.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

181951437323   Sold for $31.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/qdqb9gw Antique Flemish Milanese Bobbin Lace Flounce 94″ long
Size: 8″ x 94″
Starting Price: $24.00
Auction ends: December 11, 2015, 2015, 1:12 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller antiqueswhileyouwait, Derby, Vermont, United States
Comments: I think this is an Italian piece. The vertical symmetry of the repeat reminds me of Abruzzi work.  The plated top and lower borders are also very Italian. Probably a mid 19th c piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th century.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: A few loose threads
Soilage: Seller cites slight discoloration.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

172019391273   Sold for $46.00, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pllx94l Antique BRUSSELS lace stole veil Bridal floral crisp superb condition
Size: 17″ x 100″
Starting Price: £325.00
Auction ends: December 12, 2015, 2015, 7:42 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lucymay*2011, York, United Kingdom
Comments: A rectangular shawl of Brussels bobbinlace appliqued on machine net. Note the heavier areas with a bride ground at the ends and up the sides. This is an unusual arrangement and is quite effective.  Good romantic floral design with esprits throughout the ground.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photographs, but I can’t enlarge the photos so hard to tell.
Soilage: Seller cites two faint foxing areas.
Finish: Light storage creases.  Looks unused.

191753491074   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/q2ah8oe ANTIQUE LACE SUPERB BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE TRIM BRIDAL c. 1880 19TH CENTURY
Size: 5″ x 161″
Starting Price: $450.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 12, 2015, 2015, 9:23 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller zukhbaia, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Comments: A long border of Point de Gaze. Raised petal roses, note two layers along the border. These have the same multiple petal structure as the collar with long points reviewed above, and the same mesh base for the roses. Overall feel is also much the same, and this could be the same manufacturer.
Provenance: None cited.
Date: 19th century.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, the other might be a natural termination.
Damage: Occasional pinhole.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331706843412   No bids.

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Ebay Alerts! Fifteen items – November 29, 2015

http://tinyurl.com/ot8wqmo Lace making bobbin winder for Honiton/Midlands bobbins hand crafted in sycamore
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: £5.00
Auction ends: November 28, 2015, 5:06 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller philippa1014, Hook, United Kingdom
Comments: A bobbin winder made of sycamore which can be used either for Honiton or Midlands bobbins.  It can wind bobbins in pairs with an unbroken thread in between (not sure how that works).
Provenance: Designed and made by the seller’s late father, Reg Higgs, who supplied the English Lace School in the late 1980’s.
Date:  late 20th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None, just needs a new string drive band.
Damage: None.
Soilage: None.
Finish: Original – it’s been in storage.

11/29/2015 – the seller tells me that there is another one of these coming up for auction soon, made of Yew.

221947888634    Sold for £130.99, 9 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/zaxgpdj Antique/vintage Honiton lace bonnet veil – some damage
Size: 19″ x 36″
Starting Price: £12.00
Auction ends: November 28, 2015, 10:19 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A bonnet veil of Honiton applique on machine net. Very good quality motifs, well out of the snails/slugs style.  The overall design is a little odd with very large rather widely spaced floral sprays in the lower portion, just a few small sprigs used as esprits.  Well done lower border with thinner side borders.  I’m not sure how well this works as a veil.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A major tear repaired just below the center spray (7″ long).  Small holes and pinholes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles – nice drape to the tulle.

231761686343   Sold for £26.09, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nkb2nuo TRUE VINTAGE STUNNING LADIES BLACK LACE HAND FAN LOVE BIRDS?
Size: 18″ wide.
Starting Price: $29.95
Auction ends: November 28, 2015, 11:20 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller tkourhome, Bay Shore, New York, United States
Comments: A Chantilly fan.  Note the figural work of birds, with conventional flowers in the rest of the design. The lace is mounted on a white silk? foundation. I  think the sticks are imitation tortoise shell, but the slips might be horn.  I’m just not certain, but you might want to get clarification from the seller.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Sticks look OK.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: Expected fan creases.  I’m not sure what’s going on on the right side, it looks like the piece isn’t fully open for the photo.

331716713226   Sold for $41.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/j9bscmx Huge antique Flanders flemish lace bridal shawl stole possible use for alb – VGC
Size: 23″ x 113″
Starting Price: $750.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: November 28, 2015, 11:20 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller atelier1900, Gaillard, France
Comments: A shawl of pieced bobbinlace with a needle-made mesh ground, sometimes call Point de Milan.  I think it’s a Flemish piece. The motifs are large and fairly simple with woven squares used as fillings. The quality of this type lace varies considerably. The motifs also go under the name ‘Old Flanders’, but are not as refined as many examples.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

401020006839   Unsold as of 12/2/2015, 10:11 AM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/j847zb2 LACE LAPPET W/APPLIQUES ON NET, RAISED EDGES, C. 1910 – VINTAGE ANTIQUE VICTORIAN
Size: 3.5″ x 42″
Starting Price: $75.95
Auction ends: November 28, 2015, 4:41 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller stormspire, Long Beach, California, United States
Comments: A lappet scarf of Carrickmacross applique on machine net. It has the typical looped picot edging, and good needlerun fillings.  The motifs are a bit large and repetitive, but I’ve never seen a form like this before in C. A.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: Not enough closeups to tell if the lappets have been joined together.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks a yellow in the photos, and seller cites a small area of slight discoloration.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

141835310224   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/gobl7rr Luscious Museum Qu ality Antique Figural Needle Lace Coverlet ITALIAN Point
Size: 96″ x 62″
Starting Price: $2,200.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: November 30, 2015, 9:02 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller vintageblessings, Meridian, Idaho, United States
Comments: There are a lot of needlelace Venise-type tablecloths on Ebay, but this one rises well above the average.  The quality of the design, especially the figures, is quite high, and the technique is excellent.  Note the shading done in some of the clothwork.  I’m wondering if this isn’t a Zele piece from Belgium, given the different stitches and bridework used.
Provenance: San Francisco estate sale.
Date:  ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller points out some breaks in the brides and small holes in the clothwork.
Soilage: Seller says it was ‘freshly hand laundered’, but gives no details on the process.  Seller also cites a few very light spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.  Not quite crisp, might be from the recent or a past wash.

291623287965   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/nw545p7 63″ (160cm) OF BRUSSELS DUCHESSE DE BRUGES HAND MADE LACE – 32″ (7.5cm) Deep
Size: 3″ x 63″ without engrelure
Starting Price: £12.00
Auction ends: November 30, 2015, 12:57 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A narrow border of, well, the woven tallies would speak more toward Honiton. But the shapes of the leaves, the lack of roses and the square picoted brides are more a Belgian Duchesse de Bruges.  Then again, some of the way the curls are done in motifs look more Devon. I’m not sure on this one, but I’m leaning toward England.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Looks like both ends are cut, engrelure added.
Damage: Some of the flowers missing along the lower edge, along four repeats at the beginning of the border.
Soilage: Some localized brown spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

191744793368   Sold for £16.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nuje5cu antique lace cuffs
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $35.00, $75.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: November 30, 2015, 2:08 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller eb330, Boston, New York, United States (Boston isn’t in New York, but that’s what it says).
Comments: A set of Carrickmacross guipure cuffs – there is a photo of only one. The looped picots border the edges and all motifs.  The motifs are a little rough in design. Note the long fillings, can’t see them clearly enough to say how they were made.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the second cuff. Both are sewn onto paper.
Damage: General wear, and some separations along the edge.
Soilage: Seller cites minor discoloration.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

121822820762   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jesblpf Exquisitely Fine Handcrafted Antique Irish Lace Crochet Collar, Large Circa 1850
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $49.00, $100.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: November 30, 2015, 3:33 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller sitebury, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Comments: An Irish Crochet deep collar with a lighter Rose of Sharon pattern along the neck edge, larger motifs on the outside edge. This can be an effective combination, and works pretty well here. Picoted square mesh in both sections – I can’t see how the picots are made.  Good raised work in the roses and centers of some flowers. The large motifs include shamrocks, leaves, roses and some unusual flowers.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional broken bride.
Soilage: Hard to tell, but I think there’s some slight discoloration around the neckline.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

231762992884   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/z8us296 Antique 19th C Lot of Handmade Machine Lace Trim & Collars Tambour Irish Crochet
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $9.99
Auction ends: December 1, 2015, 10:24 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller crepesuz-zq, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Comments: There are several pieces in this lot, including some Carrickmacross and Irish Crochet, and a good Schiffli Gros Point copy. But the one I’d like to talk about is the small-motif Irish Crochet collar. There is one small 5-leaf motif, along with some smaller flowers with raised ring centers.  Irregular picoted brides (I can’t tell how the picots are made). There is an attempt to preserve the often-seen 3-part pinwheel arrangement; look closely and you can spot it.  Three 5-leaf motifs on stalks with a raised ring flower at the center.  I’ve seen this kind of work in the past and find it quite interesting.
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.

191745571674   Sold for $81.00, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nkn9onb 36 ins antique/vintage Brussels applique and needle lace border
Size: 2.75″ x 36″
Starting Price: £10.00
Auction ends: December 1, 2015, 11:13 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of combined bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net.  It’s reasonably complex for a narrow piece; note the small decorative ‘mode’ fillings along the bottom bobbin-made motifs. These alternate with a needlelace leave.  There are three bands of decoration, that probably look better when the piece is ruffled than they do laid out flat.  Good fine technique throughout.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  4th quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends.
Damage: A few broken threads in the fillings. Some small holes in the tulle, a few breaks in the engrelure.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

331716706194   Sold for £11.10, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/napybkb Handmade Vintage Point de Paris swan and flower pot lace centerpiece
Size: 14″ x 11″ (lace ~2″ deep)
Starting Price: £42.00
Auction ends: December 1, 2015, 12:36 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: We don’t see a lot of Point de Paris as we understand it today until about 1900.  I think it must have grown out of the older pottenkant laces which also had a fond chant ground variation. This piece is part of a table linen set, and have not only the flowerpot but also swan figures, reflecting that possible earlier history.  Good technical work, although the design is not all that refined.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites an ivory color.
Finish: Vertical fold crease, some light creasing in the center cloth.

131660466321   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/jhhf77j Antique/vintage Brussels applique lace shawl collar
http://tinyurl.com/o7fnjzr Antique/vintage Brussels applique lace tucker
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: £180.00, £50.00
Auction ends: December 2, 2015, 11:12 AM PST
December 3 2015, 11:12 AM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: These two piece match. The first is an impressive shawl collar of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net.  Good romantic floral design, small motifs showing some imagination in design, done in excellent technique. Needle-made fillings are basically rows of knots with a few plain and picoted rings.
The second is rather an odd shape, but looks original. As the seller says, it is probably some kind of neck decoration, but I don’t know if it is meant to be attached to the collar. The design is slightly simpler than the collar, but they still match.
Provenance: None cited.
Date:  3rd quarter 19th c.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: For both – A few pinholes in the mesh. Some repairs to the tulle.
Looks like one break between motifs on the neck-edge side near one tip of the collar.
Soilage: Seller cites some brown age marks to the front on the collar, and brown age marks at the front of the border.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231764787748  Sold for £180.00, 1 bidder.
231765758343   Sold for £51.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/oquj4yt Rare Museum Quality 100 % Linen Antique Handkerchief Gupure Lace Border
Size: 12.5″ x 12″
Starting Price: $210.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: December 5, 2015, 12:48 PM PST
Offered by: Ebay seller simonedar, Sandusky, Ohio, United States
Comments: I’m puzzled by this one. The thread looks like silk, but it doesn’t seem to be a Maltese piece (although that’s a possibility). Note the unusual ground, sort of a Dieppe variation, with really nicely done square tallies. And there’s a kind of honeycomb pattern along the outer edge. I’m thinking it might be a French piece from around Le Puy.  Or maybe an Eastern European piece, perhaps even Russian?
11/29/15 – I just had a very welcome note from a LaceNews reader placing this in a category she calls “Erzgebirge and Eastwards”. She’s seen this in silk and in patterns from lace schools from c. 1900 and a bit into the 20th c.
Provenance: From a 3 album collection that the seller acquired from Mr. Sigmund Sternfeld in the 1980’s. He got them at a museum auction in New York City.
Date:  ~1900
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or winkles.

141820837659   No bids.

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