Well, hiya all. Just back from almost 2 months of travels, and not a single sleuthing opportunity abroad (although I have cataloged a dossier of half a dozen suspicious sites for future reference). However, after returning to home ground, I did hit a fabulous jackpot in one unsuspected spot and will share those finds with you in the coming days.
Meanwhile, happy 2020 and gear your thoughts and expectations to wonderful developments in spite of what seems to be going on right now. We have a brilliant NOW on the way and it is being created by us as I write. Keep that in mind when you speak and dream.
Looking forward to showing my “newest” true vintage treasures . . . . . . . . .. .
What a great find! Not too many like this one left and it’s a real gem. The apron’s been sewn together of cotton fabric with our ’50’s housewife embroidered on. She has a cotton print pouf dress with a lace collar, pearl necklace and earring. In one hand she holds a coffeepot and in the other a cup, which doubles as the obligatory little pocket for a hankie or small tool.
Finding something so unique and whimsical is a real treat. And, to think that it was made for fun 60 or more years ago is a bonus. So much better than anything modern, no matter how cute.
I came across a whole bunch of classic nylon sleepwear pieces that are ALWAYS worth adding to your collection – even if you already have several. My rationale? :
1. if you’ve never slept in mid-century nylon pj’s or gowns (just about 1950’s to very early 1970’s), you don’t know what you’re missing! There is nothing (including silk) that is more comfortable as well as practical in bed and for lounging. They add warmth and are also cool, plus luxuriously smooth and soft. The fit is forgiving. 2. well-made and classically stylish, you won’t find anything equal in modern garments. 3. often you may find single pieces – these are great for matching later, with an identical or similar mate, or as an accessory, such as the black sleeveless cape pictured above. I plan to wear it over a black nightgown.
Not to forget, photo 3 is of a satin storage bag I discovered. These have been staple pieces in women’s undie drawers and storage chests for decades. Not sure if they are still being made to the same standard, but this one is great. Pretty peachy pink and brown in the classic style with inner pocket and fold-over styling, plus ribbon closure ties. Nothing is better for keeping hosiery and delicate garments safe from snags and dust. Grab these, too, whenever you see one. A girl can never have too many . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This little handbag shows the best of the trademarks of it’s time. Crocheted cover and full lining. Handmade. The natural bamboo frame is lovely and the medium size with inside pocket makes it very practical.
Although I have others similar, this example was special enough to make me snap it up. One this clean and undamaged, especially with a needlework cover, is a super-rare find! But, doesn’t surprise me – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A very pretty fabric handbag in faille on the outside and satin on the inside both, I believe, of silk. With hardly any wear, the inside is pristine. I love the kiss clasp inset with black cabochons and the sculptured metal frame.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing on the side in the past few days. What next? You just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remember this reptile handbag that you saw hanging on Stella’s arm in yesterday’s post? Well, here’s a close-up and it’s even more gorgeous than in this picture. A beautifully-made bag by Lesco, with a tan leather interior and the finishing touches that you would expect in a fine accessory item from the 1950’s. Yes, I also have similar handbags already, but not a black one!
And, that’s not all. There’s another one coming tomorrow. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I’ve got lots of beautiful vintage lingerie, so I’m not in the habit of picking up lots of slips now – BUT – I don’t have a single one with this wonderful mid-Sixties Mod print! Didn’t take me long to grab this one.
It’s in beautiful condition, so I’ll enjoy wearing it for decades – maybe as a skirt next summer. The label is so worn from washing that the brand name is no longer legible but I can see that it is “100% Nylon”. Seems like that was kind of a big deal at one time.
What a great find! Original macrame’ pieces from the Sixties and Seventies haven’t tended to survive well – no surprise. This one is so intricately and tightly knotted, of heavy household twine. Simple style with no liner, but required great skill to make and it’s not small. Can you imagine the time put into this project?!
And, so beautifully preserved. A wonderful blast from the past.
Fabulous! Both these slips are rare finds, but the one on left – the oldest – is REALLY RARE. Let me describe them both, and the most fascinating details –
The long slip on right is a post-war 1940’s – early 1950’s length. Look at the beautiful embroidery on the bodice. It’s a very small size (not unusual at that time), but I can wear it and it’s perfect under many of my dresses from that era. Nice to have the hemline lower for those midi-length frocks.
The shorter slip on left is the real elusive find. It’s made of cotton or cotton blend, which is extremely rare and sought-after for wear during the warmer months. I have a couple in white, but BLACK is like WOW!!!!!!! Black sheer summer dresses in my wardrobe will get a lot more wear now. Also, look at the bodice decoration – cute embroidery and RUCHING, which is rarely seen and an older style of embellishment.
The red color of the lace may be due to the effects of perspiration over time. It’s so uniform that I’m not sure about this, but could be that the lace is of a different fabric content (likely) which reacted to the chemicals in sweat. It could be re-dyed but it is kind of pretty as is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I’m always on the look-out for beautiful lingerie from the 1950’s, 1940’s, 1930’s and 1920’s, especially. This time I was not disappointed!
Take a look at the lovely lace and the special detail on the half-slip. These items do show some signs of wear, but they are not important and will serve me for decades more. As always, gentle hand-washing of true vintage lingerie pieces is the best practice.
More to come . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .