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What is your pride and joy?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Show and Tell - Share your treasures' started by Jonathan, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Okay, this section is called RAG BRAG, so let's DO THAT! Show me something you have sold, or that is in your collection that you are REALLY proud of. If I came to your house what item would you pull out and show me!

    Here's one of mine: AN English robe from c. 1765

    <img src=http://home.cogeco.ca/~knorman1/1i.jpg>

    <img src=http://home.cogeco.ca/~knorman1/1j.jpg>
  2. cherry-pie-and-roses

    cherry-pie-and-roses Registered Guest

    Oh, Jonathan, I would blush if you came to Tennessee to see my "collection" (joke). I guess it would be my 1969 mini-skirted wedding dress. French alencon lace and peau de soie, handmade by my mother. I have a pic somewhere...........

  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    A picture is worth a thousand words Brenda...

    And don't snuff at your mini wedding dress -- I have been looking for a mini wedding dress for ages! They aren't all that common -- most women went with long wedding dresses.
  4. bartondoll

    bartondoll Guest

    Jonathan, I think you know what I would show you...I will get pics and post later.

  5. bartondoll

    bartondoll Guest

    LOL...if I had put a 'winky' smiley that would've been one suggestive
    sounding post.

  6. Vintagetrend

    Vintagetrend Registered Guest

    Ah Yes

    The one that got away, I truly wish I had not sold this one..
    Early 1980's Comme des Garcons fabulously avant garde. Extremely long sleeves, open back that is meant to reveal the sides of the breast and uneven stuffed collar....

    <img src="http://images.channeladvisor.com/Sell/SSProfiles/30056787/Images/CDGdress2.JPG">
    <img src="http://images.channeladvisor.com/Sell/SSProfiles/30056787/Images/CDGdress4.JPG">
  7. ourbabyroo

    ourbabyroo Registered Guest

    Oh, Jonathan! If I owned that, it would be my pride and joy too :)

    Absolutely gorgeous!
  8. ellenm

    ellenm Registered Guest

    Jonathan, why isn't that called a dress or a gown? Why do you call it a robe? I can't see myself throwing that on and going out to the yard to pick up the morning paper, then spilling tea on it as I sip while stirring my morning porridge.
  9. dibs2002

    dibs2002 Registered Guest

    Wow Jonathan, what fantastic condition. Do you still own it? What part of England would it have been from?

    In tracing my family tree, I got stuck somewhere in the early-mid 1700's in south western England, so I'm always interested in stuff like this.

  10. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Wow Michelle, that is an ultimate Comme des Garcons, demure with a twist!

    As for my 18th century dress, it is for my collection, it's not for sale and likely never will be unless I happen to get 3 which are better, or I become destitute. I don't know which part of England the dress is from. Sometimes there are clues as to whether something is Scottish or English, or Northern (Yorkshire/Lancashire) or southern, and perhaps whether its London or from the country, but its pretty hard to be sure. It was only recently (last 30 years) that anyone really started deciphering the difference between an English and French dress of the period!.

    As for gown/dress/robe, in the 18th century dresses are referred to as robes because they are open down the front, the gap is filled in with the petticoat in the skirt and stomacher in the bust. A gown, in historical use, usually refers to a loose fitting garment, like a robe or toga, but in the 19th century came to mean women's dresses with some pretension to elegance. And dress is a generic term which came to be applied to a singular garment, but in origins, dress would be synonymous with "attire". I am not quite sure when dress and gown come into preferential usage over robe, but my guess would be late 18th century.
  11. PodVintage

    PodVintage Alumni

    Here is my Pride and Joy!

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/1950spinup/DSCN1658.JPG" width=146 height=500>
    With the wrap
    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/1950spinup/ADrianne.jpg" width=464 height=440>
  12. bartondoll

    bartondoll Guest

    Good info on your robe Jonathan!

    Michelle, I love the contrast of the 'prim proper/harlot' on that CdeG dress!

    Adrianne do you still have this dress? That is SO VLV with the cherries! It looks adorable on you.

  13. PodVintage

    PodVintage Alumni


    I still have the dress, but currently does not fit :(. But it will really soon!!! But thank you for your wonderful comment. I bought it at VLV 1999 for... get this... $65!!!!

  14. latebloomers

    latebloomers Registered Guest

    At the risk of being laughed off the guild....

    may I present the piece that started my collection. It wasn't vintage then, but dated 1980 it is vintage now. :) This is my prized piece cause it was mine as a young'un and I wore it EVERYWHERE for two years.

    Being presented by my true PRIDE & JOY...<br><img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/preview/li/littlewingandtimber/piggy.jpg><br><br>The back...<br><img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/preview/li/littlewingandtimber/piggyb.jpg><br><br>Most likely this will never be for sell cause it is a child's size and would only fit a very small woman. (Um, unless someone wants to offer me $1000 or so, lol.) Vintage children's clothes just don't get the prices they deserve, considering kid's WEAR their clothes alot harder than adults, and pieces that do survive are harder to come by.

    You may laugh now.:D:D:D
  15. schoolsgirl

    schoolsgirl Registered Guest


    True to my flower child heritage:





    Yes, its a Gunne :)
  16. crinolinegirl

    crinolinegirl Alumni

    I don't really know what is my favorite as I've purposely culled my collection so much over the last two years so that I'm more or less left with my absolute favorite things!
    I think though that my most recent pride and joy would have to be a very early Victorian openwork straw parasol that I found at a fair a couple of months ago. I did originally buy it to resell but I think now that it may go quietly into the Costume Closet so my husband doesn't know. ;) I've NEVER EVER seen an openwork straw parasol before, I've only come across bonnets from the era:
    <img src="http://www.corsetsandcrinolines.com/example/strawp1.jpg">
    <img src="http://www.corsetsandcrinolines.com/example/strawp4.jpg">

  17. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

    This is a tough one! Like Lei, most of what is in my small personal collection has survived several cullings. So they are all faves.

    So it's a tie.

    Now if you came to my house, you would see both of these garments , because they are in the same box . Actually all the 18th Century stuff is together . And it's the one box I plan to grab on the way out the door if the house catches on fire!

    Forgive the pictures - they are old.

    An American (Lexington, KY) blue silk damask closed robe, late 1780s. This is very, very early for west of the Appalachians:

    <img src=http://members.aol.com/montyholly/dress.jpg>

    A cream silk waist coat with the coolest silver embroidery and silver studs - 1780 - 90?
    <img src=http://members.aol.com/montyholly/waistcoat.jpg>

  18. bartondoll

    bartondoll Guest

    Timber - I love your jacket! And as always Chey is adorable!

    Hollis, several years ago, I attended an estate auction and purchased a box of embroidered silk garment pieces. In the box was also a picture that someone had done with some
    of the fabric. Anyway, I listed the pieces on Ebay and
    they ended up selling for a lot more than I thought they
    would (I thought they were 20s).

    The lady that purchased them was from New York, a
    textile historian and was writing a book. The pieces were from several waistcoats dating to the early 1700s. I have to find where I filed her email, because she was estatic when she received the lot....and I was thrilled with the info she
    sent me.

    anyway, most of the pics are filed on a disc somewhere, but these two were still on my picture host:

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bartondoll/DCP03479.JPG">
    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bartondoll/DCP03485.JPG">

    I imagine my 'pieces' were from the same era as your
    waistcoat, so it is a treat to see yours made up!

    There were also small glass sequins on some of these
    pieces, and this woman supplied me with some info (which my faulty memory has forgotten.....yep, have to unearth her email, which I know I did keep)

  19. bartondoll

    bartondoll Guest

    My Schiaparelli Newsprint Silk

    I've had this for almost two years now..found in a small town just north of Toronto. I can still remember the excitement
    I had when I posted this on the VC&A board at Ebay, and even more so when I took this into the ROM to have
    it authenticated. (I still have to get it properly appraised).

    These pics aren't the best, they are from my old camera and
    are old. The fabric measures 53"x34", and has four complete repeats on it. It is silk.

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bartondoll/DCP09985.JPG">

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bartondoll/DCP09994.JPG">

    The underside, showing where it has been handhemmed at one end:

    <img src="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/bartondoll/DCP09993.JPG">

  20. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Alumni

    I turn 10 shades of green every time I see that fabric!


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