A French Victorian mannequin, English farthingale & French peasant 'posh frock'
Today I bought this beautiful French Victorian-era mannequin c1860, it has been recovered about 1900, but still wonderful with its tiny waist; it gave me the chance to try out the English farthingale I bought a while ago from the same period, and it fitted perfectly. I also bought this quite crudely handmade cheap & cheerful French Victorian-era peasant skirt & bodice; it would have been a posh frock, most likely worn for Sunday best, humble costume like this rarely survives as it was worn & mended until it literally fell apart, then would be used or sold for rags. The mannequin will display costume beautifully in the Plethorium, our new unit in an antiques mal in Lewes.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!