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Naomi Barnes
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Early Nineteenth Century Lace Collar/Fichu
I am fascinated by lace. And the more that I look into the subject, and try to learn which lace is called what, and the differences between handmade and machined lace, the more I feel I will never conquer the subject! But I am learning a little about it. I ...

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1830s Embroidered Kid Gloves with Tassels
Now this is a special pair gloves. In the 5 years or so that I have been trading in antique clothing and accessories, I have found only one other pair of pre-1840s gloves:- Early 1800s Stamped and Embroidered Gloves So when I saw these I grabbed them!:- 183...

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Extant Regency Chemisette or Tucker
Today I thought that I would share some photos of a wonderful recent 'antique find'. It is a Regency cotton tucker, with a short body, and a lovely falling high collar.   I have never come across such an early Regency chemisette.  Extant Regency Chemisette ...

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Why I love Dorset Buttons
Firstly, my apologies for my absence. Unfortunately 2016 turned into my 'annus horribilis'. It was a difficult and very stressful year, and subsequently my M.E. symptoms were getting a bit too much. Anyhow, I think that I have finally turned a corner.  My w...

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Antique Regency Child's Chemisette c.1800-1820s
I must offer my excuses for being quiet during the first couple of months of the year. Before Christmas, the men we had redoing our kitchen unfortunately left their van in the wrong gear, and it rolled down our drive and ploughed into my workroom. No-one wa...

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'Oktis' Corset Shield
What a find!! Here we have a wonderful item for collectors of corsets/corset history - the full package for Oktis Corset Shields, waist 24". By looking at the corsets illustrations, the date is around the turn of the 20th century. You can view the V&A examp...

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Restoring an 1820s Dress
With this poor light that we are experiencing at the moment day in, day out, due to the rain, I am
struggling to get much sewing done, but have begun work on restoring
an 1829 provinical printed cotton wedding gown (don’t expect a white gown- Queen
Victo...

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Elizabethan 'Tire Makers' and Shakespeare
Apart from loving the history of fashion, I am also a great history buff generally; all the books I read are either historical fact or historical fiction. A few months ago I read "The Lodger: Shakepseare on Silver Street" by Charles Nicholl:- The narrative ...

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Restoring an 1829 Dress
With this poor light that we are experiencing at the moment day in, day out, due to the rain, I am
struggling to get much sewing done, but have begun work on restoring
an 1829 provinical wedding gown (don’t expect a white gown- Queen
Victoria started tha...

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New Reproduction Buttons at Historika
Since beginning Historika back in late 2009, I have always hoped to make historical dress products that were historically accurate. A major part of that for me has been the small details, such as handmade buttons. They have always totally fascinated me, and...
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