"The unique exhibition launched in 2015 takes people into the lives of up to sixty women of Australia and New Zealand whose lives were transformed by their experiences in the First World War. There is an Australian themed exhibition and across the Tasman in New Zealand there is a second exhibition with an emphasis on the women of New Zealand.
Women with medical training - doctors, nurses, masseuses - joined the men on warships, at Gallipoli, in Egypt and on the Western Front. Women with guts and determination drove ambulances, became cooks and orderlies, red cross aides or motor cycle messengers.
Less well known are the experiences of those who stayed on the home front and replaced the men on farms, in banks and offices or did voluntary work making comforts and clothing for the troops or raised money for the women and children of Europe displaced by the war raging around them. And, of course, the army of women who kept businesses, farms and households afloat whilst their menfolk were away.
WOMEN OF EMPIRE takes some of these women and fleshes out their stories in original costume of the era. From spectacular gowns worn to fund raising balls by the well to do to the day-to-day working clothes worn by the majority of women who were doing their bit also for King and Country.
Women in uniform, working women, women campaigning against conscription, women fundraising, women in mourning."
ALSO FEATURING "BRIDESWEAR REVISITED"
Ex CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION
"Most of the gowns in this stunning exhibition of bridal wear are gowns from the stately heap featured in Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard, one of England’s most famous ancestral seats, which once housed an important costume collection. When it was sold off in 2003 at Sotheby’s in London, Dressing Australia Museum of Costume acquired most of the wedding gown collection and brought it to Australia. And just to show how we ‘colonials’ did it, included in the Exhibition are some important Australian gowns, one of which is from a Queensland bride who was married in 1870; another from a Manly bride in 1949. But wait, there’s more - gowns which show how they did it in wartime (First and Second World War), in the Jazz Age, the Swinging Sixties and the big hair Eighties. Rare and delicious bridal wear from the mid 19th century to the second half of the 20th century make Brideswear Revisited a must-see Exhibition."
WWI Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION: Dress, coat & hat Cream ribbed silk coat with embroidered applique, quilted lining; together with raw silk 1914 wedding dress with guipure lace yoke and ruched silk trimmed straw hat. 3 pieces.
1920's Flapper Wedding Dress Cream Plush velvet, drop waisted wedding dress with van dyked hem, diamanté trim at neck, applied flower and large stylized bow on hip with diamanté clip.
WWI From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 Cream chiﬀon wedding dress c1916 cream gathered chiﬀon over silk wedding dress, bodice with ‘bib’ front and back embroidered in silk floss, integral sash, deep hem on skirt, silk and lace underbodice. (shoes not included)
"WWI Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Dress, coat & hat; Assam silk gown with passementerie decoration, button trim and lace inset beneath cream wool coat with applique and ‘frogging’, moss green velvet collar, lined with flannel, fine straw hat. Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION. 3 pieces"
VICTORIAN Blue satin & brocade bustle dress;1880's rich teal blue two piece gown in duchesse satin with flock brocade panels on skirt and bodice, pleated ‘polonaise’ hips caught up at the rear, long line tightly fitting jacket with metal ball buttons, pleats of ‘tail’ of jacket revealing more brocade, high neck with lace ruﬄe. Some fraying on one arm. Superb display piece.
EDWARDIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Wedding gown c1902 two piece wedding gown in clotted cream slipper satin with lace insets and sleeves on bodice, trailing rear ribbon shredding. 2 pieces
1910's From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Wedding Gown c1912 Titanic era cream wool duvetyn wedding gown with elaborate soutache braid decoration on bodice and skirt, with tail and fringing.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Outfit of cape, dress & hat c1917 tea brown taﬀeta dress with multi-coloured lace on bodice, button detailing, gathering and frills (small mark & fragile shoulders) beneath exquisite navy silk rose patterned damask cape with caramel silk lining and caramel velvet large button through collar, together with two tone cloche style felt hat. 3 pieces"
WWI Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Dress & jacket Black pinstripe suiting dress with applied braiding and lace inset neck beneath cream twilled wool fitted jacket 2 pieces
WWI Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION. Skirt suit c1918 skirt & jacket. Jacket of silk overlaid with net appliqued with braid and silk floss embroidery, skirt of sunray pleated silk sateen. 2 pieces
EDWARDIAN CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Half mourning gown c1902 silk sateen two piece half mourning gown, the skirt with piped detail, the bodice with appliqued ‘straps’, lace inset sleeves and neck. 2 pieces
VICTORIAN Enceinte’ gown Rare dark brown voided velvet ‘enceinte’ (pregnancy) gown with sack back (18th century revival). Underbodice could be left undone, and front unfastened as the bump progressed. Striped silk camouflage insert delicate.
VICTORIAN Walking suit 1890's wine wool serge two piece walking suit, piped detail, dipped hem, double ‘Inverness’ collar, lace trim at high neck. 2 pieces
WWI Blue Gingham frock c1917 home made New England, USA, teacher’s frock in blue/white check gingham with red/white rick rack trim and decorative ball buttons.
VICTORIAN Bustle dress 1880's two piece bustle dress in rich brown voided velvet, high necked lace trimmed jacket buttoned down back with ‘tail’, ruched satin on skirt with integral bustle cage beneath skirt. 2 pieces
WWI Tropics suit Assam silk skirt and jacket with button detailing on back of jacket and on skirt, as worn travelling in India by the memsahib. 2 pieces
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Tea dress White stripe dimity tea dress with broderie anglaise panels and lace rosette, linen belt. 2 pieces"
"WWI Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Jacket, skirt, blouse, hat Black sateen lined & padded skirt, gaberdine blouse with pintucking, beneath wool duvetyn long line jacket decorated with braid and velvet. gaberdine hat with wired brim. 4 pieces"
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Boy’s Bridal Attendant dress From a time when boys wore dresses until they were ‘breeched’(at this time at around 5 or 6 years old), a little aristocrat wore this gorgeous duchesse satin dress as a bridal attendant. The faux waistcoat top is covered with guipure lace, the he is defined with van dyked silk floss embroidery."
"1930's WALLIS SIMPSON’S Nightdress & photo Exquisite French silk floral damask nightdress with embroidered chiﬀon and net collar and bodice insert, roulade buttons, scallop edged cap sleeves, hand rolled hem on bias skirt. Reputedly worn by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor from one of several auctions of her possessions. With copy of wedding photo of Wallis & Edward in original Deco frame and contemporary newspapers. 3 pieces"
1910's Empire line gown c1910 delicate pink mercerised cotton revived empire line gown with bertha style collar inset with lace, long lace sleeves designed to be flounced and tied at the wrist.
"WWI Outfit from WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Day dress c1918 copper coloured silk day dress with multicoloured inset on bodice, cuﬀs and around waist, bows round hem, embroidered organdy collar. repair on skirt."
1870's From BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Important Early Australian Wedding Gown An important example of an early 1870's wedding gown (one of the oldest surviving in Australia) made specifically for local conditions - worn by a Redcliﬀe, Queensland bride and made of stripe cotton dimity in elegant Princess line (in honour of Princess - later Queen - Alexandra, the fashion icon of her day). Flat fronted with a tiny fob pocket hidden at the waist, it has a tiered bustle back, edged with cutwork and broderie flounces - with a handkerchief pocket on the rear.
"1930's From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Wedding gown Beautiful pearl satin 1930's bias cut wedding gown with elegant train, V neck and long sleeves."
"EDWARDIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Wedding gown c1904 cream organdy two piece wedding gown with bobbin lace insets, needle run lace yoke, neck and lower sleeves, medieval style upper sleeve, trained skirt. Superb for display. 2 pieces"
"1920's From BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Flapper wedding dress c1925 slipper satin flapper era wedding dress with ruched bodice, waist dropped in V from hips, sweetheart neck, gigot sleeves with roulade buttons, scalloped hem."
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Wedding gown 1890's duchesse satin two piece wedding gown, bodice with ruﬄed gossamer silk chiﬀon yoke and front panel, double layered butterfly shoulders, short sleeves, dipped hem, bow on waist and at rear of bodice, tightly boned, fully lined. 2 pieces"
"EDWARDIAN Nightgown Crisp cotton Edwardian nightgown with lace trim on collar, cuﬀs and front fastening placket"
EDWARDIAN 2 Infant coats 2 White piqué Edwardian infant coats, one with asymmetric scalloped fastening, the other with seemed placket. 2 pieces
VICTORIAN Infant’s carrying cape Fine cream wool carrying cape with embroidered, frilled, silk lined upper cape. The upper section would drape over the arm when an infant was carried.
EDWARDIAN Boy’s suit Boy’s Albion ‘Excella’ drill suit with orfolk style jacket and linen lined short pants, with shop labels intact - size 3. 2 pieces
"VICTORIAN From BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Bridal gown with Honiton lace veil 1890's duchesse satin two piece bridal gown, the boned bodice with pleated cross-over front, trimmed with lace, integral pleated ‘sash’ and detachable small bow at the back; skirt with very long, padded cathedral train and room for bustle pad. From Cripps & Son of Bold Street, Liverpool, England - the city’s most exclusive ladies outfitters; together with a Honiton lace veil."
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION & BRIDESWEAR REVISITED EXHIBITION Wedding gown 1890's duchesse satin two piece wedding gown with boning and puﬀ sleeves, applique on skirt, later lace trim at neck. 2 pieces"
VICTORIAN morning or dressing gown A printed 1860's cotton morning robe, probably for maternity wear, with overall stylised floral pattern, buttoned down front, cartridge pleated skirt, braid trim, tie at waist.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Dinner gown tunic & skirt Two piece French dinner gown of layered, tiered chiﬀon net with lace underbodice, cross-over bodice with jet beaded shoulders, drop loops and edging, tiers dipped; over silk satin skirt. Labelled Traonouez inside. 2 pieces"
WWI Day dress c1917 self-striped silk two piece day dress, tiered skirt, the bodice & skirt decorated with lace applique. 2 pieces
VICTORIAN Sydney Half Mourning gown 1870's two piece half mourning gown from a Sydney family in luscious black floral damask with beading and velvet trained hem, cream lace bodice insert and cuﬀs (lace fragile), jacket with bustle ‘tail’. 2 pieces
"VICTORIAN From the MARIT ALLEN COLLECTION Wedding gown Early 1870's true princess line gown - flat front, no waist seam, wth ties beneath the skirt to accommodation ‘tube’ bustle, in pearl satin with organdy dust ruﬄe. Marit Allen was a Vogue Fashion editor and film costume designer."
EDWARDIAN Day Dress c1901 Satanized cotton two piece black/white polka dot gown, trimmed with black velvet. The velvet on the shoulders and round waist & cuﬀs voiding, intact on neck and hem, lace trim at cuﬀs. 2 pieces
WWI Wedding gown c1916 buttery slipper satin wedding gown with integral waistcoat over lace bodice, piping at waist and hem of skirt
1910's Tea Dress c1913 white muslin tea gown with white on white embroidered panels down front and back, round hem and cuﬀs. Minute pintucking at waist and on sleeves, lace inset yoke. Over cotton petticoat.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Tea Dress & Hat c1916 tea gown in floral embroidered voile with deep row of pintucks at hem and cuﬀs, Bedfordshire lace insets on sleeves and round neck, blue velvet bow at waist. Fastenings altered to allow quick changes when used in London West End stage production. With fine straw picture hat with floral trim. 2 pieces"
WWI Tea Dress c1916 embroidered voile tea dress with pintucks, crochet covered buttons, Bedfordshire lace insets and trim, pintucks.
VICTORIAN Christening gown, petticoat & cape 1890's crisp cotton long christening gown with broderie anglaise and pintucked front panel, long petticoat with pintucks, together with checked dimity carrying cape with organdy frills. Group of 3
VICTORIAN Group of 3 Infant long gowns Mid 19th century check dimity long gown with cutwork on bodice and trim; cotton long petticoat with lace trim; boy’s stripe dimity nightgown with embroidered front placket. Group of 3
"GEORGIAN Group of 3 Infant long gowns Regency era infant’s long gown with embroidery and lace trim, possibly boy’s, plus long pintucked petticoat and boy’s dimity gown with trimmed placket. Group of 3"
1930's Group of 4 silk infant garments White silk dress with pintucks, cream silk dress with lace insets, cream silk smocked matinee jacket, cream silk dress with rosebuds, plus white cotton petticoat (not shown). Group of 4
GEORGIAN Group of 3 Infant gowns George III extra long dimity gown with butterfly sleeves for a tiny baby, George III fine cotton gown with butterfly sleeves, Regency boy’s embroidered short gown. Group of 3
GEORGIAN Group of 3 Infant gowns Regency extra long textured cotton gown with butterfly sleeves, Regency wide necked dimity long gown with butterfly sleeves, George IV boy’s fine cotton nightgown with frilled front placket. Group of 3
GEORGIAN Group of 4 Infant gowns Regency boy’s cotton gown with cutwork yoke, Regency boy’s gown with embroidery, pleats and sleeves; George IV extra long cotton gown with embroidered cutwork frilled bodice, George IV long cotton gown with ruched and broderie frilled yoke. Group of 4
VICTORIAN Group of 4 Infant gowns 1890's Christening/long gown with embroidered cutwork yoke, lace trim and pintucks at hem with cotton petticoat; 1890's christening/long gown with rows of pintucks above hem with pintucks, holly point lace and cutwork on yoke, with cotton petticoat with pintucks and scalloped edge. Group of 4
EDWARDIAN Group of 4 Infant gowns Edwardian Christening/long gown with embroidered yoke, pintucks and filet lace trim plus plain cotton petticoat; christening/long gown with cutwork ‘bib’ front, pintucks and broderie at hem; christening/long robe with pintucks and cutwork yoke, triple pintuck rows at hem. Group of 4
1920's Group of 6 infant garments Fine lawn baby dress with tiered scalloped skirt with petticoat; fine lawn baby dress with lace trimmed embroidered skirt with petticoat; fine lawn toddler’s dress with embroidered, scalloped skirt with petticoat (not shown). Group of 6
VICTORIAN Group of 4 Infant garments Fine cotton baby’s dress, pintucks and cutwork on yoke, embroidery and scalloped hem on skirt; infant nightgown with piping, ruching and pleating on bodice; infant nightgown with frilled yoke and box pleated bodice, holly point trim; infant nightgown with gathered bodice, turned back cuﬀs. Group of 4
EDWARDIAN Group of 4 Infant garments Cotton baby’s nightgown, gathered bodice plus broderie anglaise tiny cape; fine cotton nightgown with cutwork yoke, pintucks and broderie at hem; child’s nightgown with broderie trim; cream flannel wrap petticoat by ‘Mrs Diack of Argyle Arcade, Glasgow’. Group of 4
1930's Group of 6 Infant garments Cotton baby’s nightgown; infant’s pintucked cotton short petticoat; infant’s short flannel petticoat; 2 wrap long flannel petticoats, plain cotton long sleeved nightgown. Group of 6
1930's Christening gown & petticoat Cream silk Christening gown with embroidered yoke and skirt with lace trim plus white cotton petticoat with broderie skirt. Group of 2
EDWARDIAN Children’s muﬀs & tippet Child’s mohair muﬀ & matching tippet with eyelet crossover fastening, satinised cotton backing, together with donkey brown plush velvet muﬀ. 3 pieces
EDWARDIAN Children's muﬀs & tippet Child’s cream plush velvet muﬀ & matching tippet with mohair edging and loop fastening, satinised backing, together with donkey brown plush velvet muﬀ. 3 pieces
1920's Infants mourning dress & 2 other garments 1920's homemade infants mourning dress in black, relieved by red and white embroidery, 1920's silk or rayon white infant dress with peter pan collar, white pique child’s skirt with linen waistband. Group of 3
1930's Christening gown & petticoat 1930's cream silk christening gown with inset lace on yoke and hem, lace trimmed, plus cream flannel wrap petticoat. Group of 2
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Child’s bridal attendant dress 1880's oyster duchesse satin girl’s bridal attendant dress with ‘Lucy Locket’ pocket, pleating, bows, integral mesh bustle pad inside rear of dress."
EDWARDIAN Rare Child’s corset Child's corset in white Silesian fabric, buttons down front, laces at rear, 4 bones back & front, cord piping at sides, straps, buttons back and front to attach undergarments.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Tiered dinner gown Dinner gown, the sheer chiﬀon net tucked into jet trimmed satin cummerband, the skirt of two net tiers, trimmed with velvet over a satin skirt"
VICTORIAN Boys Page Boy Suit Late Victorian in the style of 18th century court dress, satin tailcoat jacket and waistcoat with purple velvet and lace trim, knee breeches with velvet trim - worn by a page boy at wedding. Distressing on sleeves commensurate with age. 3 pieces
D’Oyly Carte HMS Pinafore Costume From the D’Oyly Carte Opera Collection from Burton Court in Herefordshire, a sailor’s costume from HMS Pinafore, dresser’s note attached (with timeline error), comprising sailor top and sailcloth bell bottom front flap trousers. 2 pieces
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION ‘Sunday Best’ outfit White cotton blouse with pintuck front, small WWI paste brooch, tussore silk skirt with silk floss embroidery at hem, peacock blue lace trimmed satin apron. 4 pieces"
1920's Velvet cape Blue velvet 1920's cape with floral silk lining, heavily padded stand up collar, colour shading commensurate with age.
VICTORIAN Visite (cape) 1880's ‘visite’ or cape with elongated front panels and short back to accommodate a bustle back dress, decorated with jet beads, trimmed with chantilly style lace, colour shading commensurate with age.
EDWARDIAN Summer Maternity outfit The finest white lawn with couched embroidery on the skirt and cutwork embroidery on the smock top (ribbon a later addition). The skirt has a generous waist to wear over the ‘bump, the jacket is loose and flared (would probably have been worn over a loose blouse). Unusual, as ladies did not readily display their pregnancy. 2 pieces
VICTORIAN Dressing Jacket 1880's quilted dressing jacket buttoned down front beneath broderie trimmed placket, easing at back to accommodate small bustle, pleated cuﬀs - worn by m’lady to protect her gown from having her hair & face ‘dressed’.
VICTORIAN Dressing Jacket 1860's piqué cotton dressing jacket with Bedfordshire lace-trimmed fontleroy collar, crimp leating on shoulders and cuﬀs, jacket shaped to accommodate wide skirt - worn by m’lady to protect her gown from having her hair ‘dressed’.
"1910's Corseted Blouse Rare example of Empire line top with its own corset to be worn with high- waisted ‘hobble’ skirt. Blouse of lace covered apricot satin with tiny beads and braid; hooks/eyes down back, double lacing at front, boning front, back & sides - by Marcel Traonouez who began with military uniform in the 19th century and progressed via couture lady’s wear to film costumier in early 20th century."
EDWARDIAN Group including cape Braid decorated net over silk cape with crochet lace collar; black chantilly style lace waistcoat with collar; silk waistcoat with ruched ribbon and lace covering. Group of 3
1920's Satin coat Chocolate brown slipper satin 1920's coat with asymmetric wrap, wide wrap collar, raglan sleeves, seaming, turn back cuﬀs.
VICTORIAN Group of 2 bodices c1900 Net and lace over silk half mourning bodice with a variety of laces both blonde and black, by Jay’s of Regent Street; 1890's low necked bodice with jet beads, spangles and velvet lattice, faux beaded buckle. Group of 2
1930's Group of 2 jackets purple plush velvet jacket with peplum and smocked lower sleeves, lined; panne velvet bolero with scalloped front panels, gathered sleeves, unlined. Group of 2
1920's Satin Brown/Blue Coat 1920's chocolate brown satin coat with saxe blue satin lining, with button detailing on shoulders, bust and bloused sides.
1920's Flapper Dress 1920's Black sheer beaded chiﬀon dress, beaded in classic art deco design - look alters with diﬀerent coloured petticoats.
1920's Group of 2 Dresses black chiﬀon over silk 1920's sleeveless dress with chevron pattern beading on skirt; black chiﬀon 1920's long-sleeved dress with beaded cutwork on bodice and skirt, ties at back. Group of 2
1920's Group of 2 Teddies 1920's teddy with petticoat overskirt in pretty peach batiste with lace inset and trim, buttons down left side - not many of this design and quality have survived intact; lemon cellanese 1920's bloomer teddy with pocket on leg. Group of 2
1920's Devoré Dress Devoré dress in stylized leaf pattern with drop waist and cross-over front, chiﬀon side panels, hem and bodice trim - look alters with diﬀerent coloured petticoats.
1920's/30s Group of 2 waistcoats/ skirts 1920's panne velvet skirt and waistcoat with pearl button cord fastenings; 1930's chiﬀon crepe tiered skirt with cutwork bolero waistcoat, cutwork on frilled skirt tiers. 4 pieces
1920's Panne velvet opera cape 1920's panne velvet opera cape with stand-up gold embroidered collar, cream quilted lining, shoulder yoke.
"VICTORIAN From the CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Child’s beaver jacket 1860's jacket of trimmed beaver with ermine cuﬀs, qulted lining - worn by a little aristocrat to keep warm in the British winter."
1910's Opera Cape & another Made from fabric imported from India in 1900, blue & gold metallic brocade opera cape lined in gold satin with pierrot satin collar, plus a pink lined brown silk cape (not shown). 2 pieces
"1920's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of suit, blouse, hat Black serge suit with box style jacket with looped button fastening, box pleats at front of skirt, cream embroidered silk blouse and felt hat (shoes not included). 4 pieces"
"1920's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Evening gown c1920 evening gown of grey moiré silk beneath black chantilly style lace with drapes, swags, beads and spangles. Poppy decoration removable"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of dress & coat Black silk dress with cream filet lace ‘sailor’ collar, frill at waist and round cuﬀs, beneath wool crepe coat, three quarter sleeves, satin appliqués on front of coat (brooch and shoes not included). 2 pieces"
"1920's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of dress, coat & hat Navy silk drop waist dress with crystal beading on front of bodice and collar, pleated skirt, beneath navy gaberdine and satin cape with cloche style felt hat with bead trim (shoes not included). 3 pieces"
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Panne velvet dress c1918 petrol blue panne velvet dress with integral sash with bow at back, leg o’ mutton sleeves, silk lined bow at front (shoes not included).
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of suit, blouse, hat c1917 large size linen ticking stripe suit, jacket with ‘sailor’ collar and covered buttons, white lawn blouse with cutwork and lace, fine cream straw hat with band. (brooch not included) 4 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of tea dress & hat White lawn tea dress with pintucking over hips, on yoke, sleeves and hem of skirt, broderie on bodice, cutwork panel down front, high neck, with plaited straw hat with floral band. 2 pieces
1920's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Evening gown c1920 pink net over silk evening dress with wide shawl collar, tiered skirt and train decorated with fabric covered baubles, sash not original (shoes not included).
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of dress, coat & hat c1917 black faille dress with wide collar, spangled decoration on bodice, integral sash, beneath aubergine panne velvet c1919 coat with pleated sleeves and paste clip fastening, together with early 1920's tan/black felt brimmed hat. (necklace, shoes not included). 3 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION QAIMNS Uniform Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) uniform - reproduction grey dress, apron, collar, cuﬀs and hat. ORIGINAL Reserve uniform grey & red shoulder cape together with original hat band and bow (not shown). (boots not included). 10 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Voile wedding gown, headdress & shoes c1916 figured voile over satin wedding gown with chiﬀon crepe lower sleeves, integral sash, pearl embellishment at neck and waist, satin detachable train, wax organge blossom circlet and veil, satin louis heel button bar shoes. 5 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of rare driving coat, waistcoat, blouse, skirt & hat Rare Edwardian motoring duster coat, with black sateen skirt and white cotton blouse, together with 19th century printed cotton waistcoat plus felt hat. 5 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Group of 2 grey/green uniforms Reproduction Scottish Women’s Hospital uniform of wool/synthetic jacket & skirt, cotton shirt, knitted wool tie and felt akubra, plus similar reproduction FANY cotton jacket and skirt, khaki shirt, red tie and cotton beret hat (shoes & boots not included). Both uniforms made to WWI Scottish Women’s Hospital uniform pattern. (shoes & boots not included) Group of 2 with 10 pieces in all
1940's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Sheepskin coat Unique sheepskin edge to edge coat with military shoulders. (shoes, hat, dress not included). 5 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of skirt & blouse Brown gaberdine skirt with faux tiers, button detail, pleated hem and peaked belt, together with cream silk blouse with ecru embroidery. (umbrella not included). 3 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Outfit of suit, blouse, hat c1917 blue gaberdine suit of pleated skirt and long line jacket with black sateen trim, cream silk embroidered blouse, black felt hat (brooches, hat trim, boots & bag not included). 4 pieces
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Gingham day dress 1917 brown/beige gingham home made dress with white faux collar, cuﬀs and waist trimmed with rick rack braid, button detailing. (shoes & badge not included).
1920's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Jet beaded dress & jacket c1921 heavily jet beaded sateen dress with beaded gored skirt worn with appliqued and fringed chiﬀon jacket. (necklace not included) 2 pieces
"WW1 From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Munitions worker’s outfit c1917 Munitions worker’s heavy denim dungarees with pockets, tan linen midi top with sailor collar and rank trim, reproduction cotton cap (boots not included). 3 pieces"
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Patriotic outfit 1919 girl’s cotton skirt made from the flags of the Allies with red cotton blouse and black bolero waistcoat, home made to celebrate the oﬃcial Peace (Treaty of Versailles) in 1919. 3 pieces
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Suit & hat c1919 black plush velvet suit of lightly gathered skirt and jacket with asymmetric jet button fastening at waist, piece of antique le puy lace as inset, plus straw & velvet hat (high neck net insert not included). 4 pieces"
"1920's From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Crepe dress Black crepe dress with beading at neck and on hips creating drop waist."
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Stewardess uniform Blue cotton stewardess uniform with lace cuﬀs, separate cotton collar, white cotton apron, navy blue shoulder cape and ‘sister susan’ cap & lace up shoes. 6 pieces"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Driving/flying outfit Original jodhpurs with flies and laced legs in herringbone worsted, with grey wool reproduction WWI shirt, pure wool jumper knitted to WWI pattern, reproduction socks & shoes. 7 pieces"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Rare White Nurse’s uniform Rare white cotton U.S. Navy nurse’s WWI dress with button through front and belt, white cotton apron and veil, collar with reproduction watch. 5 pieces"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Wakefield Clogs Black ‘Wakefield’ working men’s boot style clogs, as worn by miners and mill workers in industrial Britain in the 19th & early 20th centuries with wooden soles rimmed with iron ‘coker’. (Table not included) Pair"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Despatch Rider’s Boots Rare knee length lace up leather women’s boots as worn by motor bike despatch riders in WWI - small pocket on one boot reputedly to carry identification in case of being killed or injured. Pair"
"EDWARDIAN 2 pairs leather shoes Beige four bar kid shoes with Louis heel, plus black leather lace ups (not shown). 2 pairs"
1920's 2 pairs button bar shoes beige leather button bar shoes, snake trim, Louis heel, plus ribbed silk Louis heel button bar shoes. 2 pairs
1930's Group of 3 evening gowns Chocolate brown gossamer chiﬀon gown with slit bodice to be worn over own choice of petticoat (repair required); black panne velvet evening gown with leg o’ mutton sleeves, bias cut, gold satin collar; black lace evening gown, bias cut with separate shoulder cape (repair required). Group of 3 with 4 pieces
1930's Group of 4 cocktail & evening gowns Black gossamer chiﬀon cocktail dress with slit shoulders to be worn over own choice of petticoat; coﬀee & layered cocktail dress with chiﬀon flower trim; dark navy chiﬀon evening gown with cream lace puﬀed sleeves and deep hem, roulade buttons down front, bias cut; purple check tulle evening gown with puﬀ sleeves, ruﬄe at neck, over pink silk petticoat. Group of 4
1950's Silk & lace ballgown Designed for ballroom dancing with the focus at the back, duchesse satin with structure padding to the sleeves and front, back panel of shimmering lace s, large bow and open skirt. All pure silk.
EDWARDIAN Christabel Pankhurst’s Suﬀragette ribbon Snippet of ribbon in Suﬀragette colours of mauve, green and white attached to note “I have cut this bit of ribbon from a long piece which Christabel Pankhurst actually wore, but my mother also had a wide shoulder one with the same stripes.” The writer’s mother was a Suﬀragette who campaigned with the Pankhursts.
WWI Malta Sweetheart Embroidery Group 2 red satin ‘Present from Malta’ sweatheart embroideries one with six allied flags, one with four, no photos inserts; one dark blue satin sweetheart embroidery “Malta Present” with six flags,crown and ship. Group of 3
WWI Sweetheart Embroidery Group of 3 Dark blue sweetheart embroidery “In Memory of the Great Great War with flags, sprigs and crown; green silk sweetheart embroidery with space for two photos, six flags, crown and sprigs “Victory for the Allies”; pink satin sweetheart embroidery with insignia, 1917 and ‘Souvenir or Salonica”, gold metallic fringing Group of 3
WWI/WWII Sweetheart Embroidery Group of 4 Souvenir of Egypt 1915 sweetheart embroidery “To Annie with love from Arthur”, flags, boteh, scrolling; Royal Artillery (Gunners) Insignia, Egypt 1917, “From Walter to Edum” sweetheart embroidery; Royal Engineers insignia embroidery cushion sham in black, green, blue, gold; “To my dear sister from your loving brother John, Souvenir of Egypt 1943. Group of 4
WWI Sweetheart Embroidery Pillow Sham Blue satin pillow sham with red, pink & gold flowers, gold circlet “Souvvenir from France, superb lace edging.
VICTORIAN Tape lace table centre Table centre with quatrefoil cotton centre inset with cruciform design, surrounded by elaborate tape lace.
1920's Beaded chiﬀon flapper dress Sheer black chiﬀon flapper dress with faux tiers edged in pastes, paste designs down front of bodice and round neck.
1920's Sequined flapper dress Tulle over silk tube dress with tabard panels of ‘icicle’ design sequins and beads
1920's Pink beaded flapper dress Pink gauze over silk flapper dress decorated with crystal and white beads in cutwork design, swing skirt
VICTORIAN Group of 2 pairs satin Wedding shoes 1890's pearl satin wedding slippers with small heel and grosgrain bow at front; 1890's pearl satin wedding shoes with chiﬀon & satin rosette at front
1950's Wedgwood heel shoes Rare Wedgwood heel sandals - shoe designer Edward Rayne collaborated with Wedgwood to produce apparently fragile heels and combined them with clear plastic vamps to create the ‘glass slipper’. Collector’s pieces
VINTAGE Group of 3 pairs designer mules & slingbacks Pair of Stuart Weitzman satin slingbacks with stilleto heels and diamante buckle; pair of Italian cream mules with diamante toe and instep straps by Issima of Milan; pair of mauve Spanish Paco Gil heeled mules with lustre beaded instep ‘tongue’. Group of 3 pairs
EDWARDIAN Group of 2 pairs leather shoes Black leather button bar shoes with bow on vamp - made expressly for A.W. Barlow shoes of Adelaide (still going); black leather shoes in early 19th century dandy style with high vamp, tongue flap and metal buckle. Group of 2 pairs
1930's Group of 3 pairs leather & suede shoes Black leather shoes with cutwork & elasticated instep, cuban heel; black leather court shoes with open work instep; black suede shoes with tongue flap on high vamp, Louis heel. Group of 3 pairs
1930's Group of 3 pairs brown leather shoes Brown leather shoes with chain decoration on instep high vamp, small heels; brown leather shoes with high vamp, small heels; brown leather button bar shoes with suede trim. Group of 3 pairs
VICTORIAN Pair of Historic Bendigo Boots J.H. Abbott set up business in Bendigo in 1853 and had a boot & shoe manufactory in Pall Mall. The company, after several premises moves, traded till 1986. A part of Bendigo history. Brown lace up boots with flat heels and boot trees. 4 pieces
EDWARDIAN Group of 2 pairs boots Brown leather lace up French boots with flat heel; pair leather & suede skating boots, skates removed, flat heel. Group of 2 pairs
1920's Pair of velvet shoes Evening slippers in pink velvet with black stripes on vamp, cuban style heel
1940's Group of 2 pairs leather slippers Tan leather slippers with high stitched vamp and pom pom, soft leather soles; tan leather slipper with pom pom on vamp, soft suede soles. Group of 2 pairs
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Group of 4 antique lace stoles Stole with combination needlerun and bobbin antique lace; point de gaze antique lace stole with beautiful scroll, floral and spotted decoration, fringing; net and bobbin antique lace stole; net and needlerun antique lace with star and foliate design. Group of 4"
"EDWARDIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Lace screen panel Honeycomb net with Rennie MacIntosh style ‘glasgow rose’ pattern edges, 200 x 85cm."
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Knitted lace shawl Unusual knitted lace shawl with fringing."
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Group of 3 floral antique lace stoles Antique machine lace round ended stole/tippet with floral design; antique machine lace square ended stole with large floral and leaf design; antique lace with daisy floral design. Group of 3"
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Antique fichu Knitted lace fichu or modesty bertha with chevron pattern and fringing."
"GEORGIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Antique fichu Early 19th century knitted lace fichu or modesty bertha with shetland knitted lace edging."
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Antique mourning shawl Silk mourning shawl with stripe edging and silk fringing."
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Group of 3 antique lace stoles Daisy pattern antique lace stole with scalloped edge; antique machine lace stole with large floral design, shallow scallop edging; heavy floral antique lace stole. Group of 3"
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Group of antique flounces & collar length of antique double depth skirt flounce with stylized foliate pattern; length of antique net lace skirt flounce with boteh pattern; length of antique le puy lace flounce with repeating pattern, scalloped edge; antique machine lace collar with deeply scalloped edge; length of antique spotted net lace. Group of 5"
1959 Dalai Lama’s sandals Catalogued and described by Phil Serrell (TV antiques expert/presenter/ auctioneer) as “worn by the Dalai Lama during part of his flight from Tibet”, tooled leather thong style sandals.
VINTAGE Pink Judy Rothchild cowgirl boots Pink stitched all leather R. Soles ‘cowgirl’ boots designed by Judy Rothchild, small - wear them or display them. Say it out loud!
VINTAGE Suede July Rothchild cowgirl boots Beige stitched suede R. Soles ‘cowgirl’ boots designed by Judy Rothchild, - wear them or display them. Say it out loud!
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Length of blonde lace Approx 2.7m blonde lace hem flounce with stylised foliate and floral design, scalloped edge."
1920's Swamii Boob Tube Original Swamii Brand eau de nil celanese 1920's ‘boob tube’ with rosebud decoration and silk straps.
VINTAGE Group of 3 pairs designer shoes & mules Pair of Feragamo ‘spectator’ shoes in navy/white brogue cut, small heels; pair of Diego Dolcini heeled mules with Swarovski crystal toe and instep straps; coral leather heeled mules by Joseph Azaguri with ‘basket weave’ toe and instep straps. Group of 3 pairs
VINTAGE Group of 3 pairs Italian large size shoes Pair of size 431/2 black suede TR Studio Italian flat shoes with elastic cross over detail; pair of green leather size 44 green Italian leather flat peep toes with cut out side panels by Franco Visconti; pair of red, white & navy size 431/2 Italian leather shoes by Franco Visconti. All as new. Group of 3 pairs
VICTORIAN Framed painted silk & mother of pearl fan From the Michelle Dotrice Collection (English actress - Betty in “Some Mothers Do ‘Have ‘Em”) a beautiful hand painted silk fan with mother of pearl sticks, framed on velvet.
1920's White kid gloves Pair of French elbow length kid gloves. 2 pieces
1920's & LATER Group of 8 pairs gloves Group of assorted cotton, leather and kid gloves. Group of 8 pairs
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 Exhibition Pair leather gauntlets Original leather despatch rider gauntlets with fleece lining."
1920's Group of 2 boudoir caps Lustre chiﬀon boudoir cap with crochet lace trim and beaded ‘lugs’; cream net with apricot silk ribbon trim boudoir cap. Group of 2
1920's Pair of gaiters beige/brown stretch gaiters with elastic instep strap with repeat lozenge pattern, to be worn with shoes. 2 pieces
VICTORIAN Feather Boa Dark navy feather boa with passementerie tassels.
EDWARDIAN Turkish Toiletries bag Saddle bag style toiletries bag, made for the European market of Turkish towels with traditional embroidery and metallic fringing.
1920's Group of 2 bags Cream velvet bag decorated with gold metallic cornelli work designs, cord handle; beaded drawstring pouch bag with stylised floral design. Group of 2
1960's/70s Norwegian Bunad Purse Norwegian Bunad (traditional costume) chatelaine style woollen embroidered purse, the frame hand made by Jons Kristiansen, silversmith, of Larvik. Each region has its own designs.
VICTORIAN 1866 Woolwork sampler Stitched by 7 year old Lucy Marian Hides in 1866, a colourful framed woolwork sampler of alphabet, numbers, flowers and borders.
VICTORIAN Alphabet sampler by Ada Willcock Poor Ada Willcock would have been mortified when she realised she’d got the order of her script alphabet wrong (below her name). Showing block capitals, script capitals and lower case, numbers and a variety of borders.
VICTORIAN Band sampler Framed band sampler on ecru linen of a variety of edging stitches by a youngster on a steep learning curve!
VICTORIAN Group of 4 Miser’s purses Brown and gold knit miser’s purse with metal twist bar top; 3 miser’s purses with steel bead decoration. Group of 4
VICTORIAN & LATER Group of 4 lace collars Delicate Maltese lace lappet with Maltese cross symbols on ‘lugs’; Irish crochet lace rounded collar with triangular lapel pieces; Edwardian collar of embroidered lawn with tatted lace edging; 1920's collar and cuﬀs with deco geometric design. 6 pieces
EDWARDIAN Needlecase Leather needlecase with suede interior embroidered with floral spray.
1950's Group of 2 tablecovers Large crochet lace table cover (approx 2.2m x 1.3m) in wheel pattern; vintage linen table cover with crochet and embroidery detailing. Group of 2
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Pinafore & underdress c1917 Pink linen pinafore, fastening at back, with cornelli & button decoration over a white ‘tea dress’ underdress. 2 pieces"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Taﬀeta dress & coat c1918 black taﬀeta dress comprising skirt with calico bodice beneath embroidered overblouse with chiﬀon inset, floating embroidered side panels; beneath taﬀeta coat with sailor collar. piped detailing at rear, waist ties. 3 pieces"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Rare German Red Cross Nurse’s Uniform Her name was Nini Kienast - her name is sewn or stamped on cape, Rotes Kreuz cap with RK and cross trim, collar with her number, and apron. The dress is original WWI but is not Nini’s (was worn by an English volunteer Nurse Hodgson). Nini Kienast’s uniform items are the only known WWI German Red Cross ones. 5 pieces"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Rare Australian nurse’s uniform Uniform from 2 WWI South Australian nurses (acquired from the families) - ward dress, scarlet cape and veil from one nurse, apron from another. Pips on cape shoulders are original but silver collar badge and ‘Australia’ insignia on shoulders are not. Aprons and dresses were shortened as the war progressed to raise them above the mud and gore."
1920's Group of 2 top & dress Caramel silk knit large size jumper top with toning floral collar, hem and cuﬀs, added scattered beads, hip tie, plus gossamer chiﬀon large size dress with silk floss patterning falling from hips, flap at front, floating panel from shoulders at rear. Group of 2
GEORGIAN Pair of side-lacing ‘Adelaide’ boots c1819 side-lacing boots (which later became known as The Adelaide Boot).This pair belonged to a Miss M. James and were made by J.McBride, Ladies Boot & Shoe Maker, Cavendish Square, London (on insole). Fabric with leather vamps and heels, lined in linen with silk lined tongue. 2 pieces
"VICTORIAN From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Rare pair of Suﬀragette sleeves Rare pair of exquisite lace sleeves each with double row of cream (representing white), mauve and green buttons - Suﬀragette colours. Mostly likely from a gown belonging to Lady Rosalind Howard, Countess of Carlisle and chatelaine of Castle Howard. Known as The Radical Countess, she championed women’s social and political rights. 2 pieces"
EDWARDIAN Lady’s Bathing costume Oh how daring and masculine! Lady’s bathing costume with legs in cotton with rickrack braid trim.
EDWARDIAN Bathing dress, stockings, rare shoes Black Edwardian bathing dress with pair cotton stockings and a rare pair of canvas ankle lace shoes. No lady entered the water without her stockings and shoes! Appear not to have been worn.
VICTORIAN Group of 3 tray cloths Small cotton bobbin lace tray cloth with floral and loopdesign; East Midlands filled filet lace tray cloth with vine and grape design; Bedfordshire bobbin lace tray cloth, leaf design with raised applied trefoils. 3 pieces
EDWARDIAN Group of 2 macrame lace tea cloths For the centre of a tea table, an intricate macrame lace cloth with floral and filet designs, approx 80cm square; Tea table cloth in macrame lace with floral and geometric design, approx 60cm square. 2 pieces
VICTORIAN & LATER Group of lace flounce, bridal stocking bag & stockings Beautiful French bobbin lace flounce approx 2m long; Embroidered Victorian quilted satin bridal stocking bag, together with pair of pale blue 1920's silk stockings (blue for a bride). 4 pieces
1950's black taﬀeta double skin umbrella Black taﬀeta umbrella with double skin, frill round canopy, brass crook handle
EDWARDIAN Black/white stripe stroll umbrella Black & white taﬀeta long stroll umbrella with malacca brass circled handle and ferule
EDWARDIAN Group of Crochet lace cover trim & child’s lace dress trim Beautiful crochet lace for trimming bedcover or tablecloth approx 158cm long side x 92cm short side; Nottingham lace child’s tabard dress trim fastens with poppers on shoulder to drape front and back of a dress
VICTORIAN Rare Widow’s Mourning Hat Rare deep mourning widow’s hat of silk crepe with satin, translucent crepe face and long rear veil. Not many of these survive intact.
VICTORIAN Crin mourning hat Mourning hat made of crin (fine plaited horsehair), lace and satin with elaborate ties.
EDWARDIAN Group of 2 stroll parasols White satin parasol with black lace frill and silk bow, white wood stick with metal knop; black silk parasol with white laced trim, carved ebony handle. Both for display/study. Group of 2
EDWARDIAN Group of 2 stroll umbrellas Gentleman’s mercerised cotton canopy umbrella; cream/blue floral umbrella with wooden crook handle. Group of 2
Late 20th century Lace ‘Princess Grace’ wedding gown Beautiful ‘Princess Grace’ or ‘Kate Middleton’ wedding gown by Rapsimo of Adelaide in floral lace over satin, sweetheart satin bustline, throat and scooped back sheer lace, pearl roulade buttons down the back, superb train.
Marilyn Monroe - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Outfit From MARILYN TRIBUTE EXHIBITION Specially commissioned for Marilyn Tribute Exhibition, reproduction dress and bolero jacket in jewel blue stretch fabric,dress strapless with belt, bolero with stand up fold collar. 3 pieces
1990's Jospeh of London Suit Joseph of London ‘sharkskin’ suit, long line jacket, pencil skirt with kick pleat at front. Made in France. 2 pieces
EDWARDIAN Velvet Dolman Cape c1900 luxurious silk velvet cape with Dolman sleeves caught up with huge buttons, elaborate passementerie decoration round yoke and down back of cape.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Assam jacket & tussore dress Cream Assam silk jacket with passementerie and silk floss decoration, over ecru tussore silk dress with elaborate silk floss embroidered panel and hem on skirt, lace yoke & neck. 2 pieces"
Vintage Camp back support corset Pink cotton Camp corset with steel boning, lacing, webbing, shoulder straps - for ‘proper’ posture!
EDWARDIAN Group of 3 Original Redfern fashion sketches John Redfern, with Charles Worth, two Englishmen, gave Paris haute couture. Redfern is credited with inventing the lady’s suit for Princess (later Queen) Alexandra. The blue sketch is for Mrs Brough Taylor and has instructions and quantities pencilled in; the white & pink one has a pencilled comment. All three are signed.
1970's 13m Liberty fabric Collier Campbell design Zebak design created in the 1970's for Liberty of London by Collier & Campbell, approx 13m furnishing fabric.
1970's 15m Liberty fabric Collier Campbell design Zebak design created in the 1970's for Liberty of London by Collier & Campbell, approx 15m furnishing fabric (Liberty tag still attached).
1937 Toowoomba girl’s ‘Princess Elizabeth’ dress Made for a Toowoomba little girl, a ‘Princess Elizabeth’ dress to the pattern oﬀered by the Daily Mail in 1937 (the year of her parents’ Coronation) - in original box with picture on front, net veil and headdress included, together with copy of pattern. 4 pieces
Antique Red Peony & Peacock Feather kimono Antique kimono in red geometric pattern silk with blue and cream peony & peacock feather design.
Vintage Climbing Vine kimono Bold print of intertwined climbing plants in deep wine colour - looks masculine but rounded sleeve ends indicate female.
Vintage Chrysanthemum kimono Symbol of regal beauty, the chrysanthemum dominates this wonderful silk kimono or furisode (swinging sleeve)
Antique Pale Green silk kimono Pale green all over patterned silk decorated with chrysanthemums, peonies, clouds and leaves.
Vintage Pink Uchikake Cherry blossom pink crepe uchikake (wedding kimono) embroidered with cranes (for longevity and good fortune) in silk floss and silver metallic foils, padded hem
Vintage Red & gold Uchikake Spectacular red brocade uchikake (wedding kimono) with gold, silver & copper embroidery, with touches of blue and black, red lining, padded hem
WWI Group of 2 pairs Gaiters Pair of fabric lady’s button up gaiters, pair of men’s leather gaiters.. 4 pieces
VICTORIAN Diamond Jubilee Framed Flag A framed flag produced for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 (60 years on the throne).
1960's “Space Cadet” dress by Louis Feraud c1965 Louis Feraud created the ‘Space Cadet’ dress. Feraud was known at this time for his ‘mod’ space inspired designs. Of rich navy slub silk, fully lined to hold the rigid space age lines, the geometry emphasized by the purple ribbon detailing.
Marilyn Monroe - Niagara Outfit From MARILY TRIBUTE EXHIBITION Specially created for Exhibition this is a reproduction of her famous cerise wiggle dress from the film “Niagara”, in stretch fabric.
"18th CENTURY From CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Lace cap 18th century lace cap, brown tape ribbon added at a later date."
2012 Pair of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee aprons Pair of Irish linen chef aprons created for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
EDWARD VII’s Leather Motoring Coat Edward loved the new-fangled cars, had a fleet of Daimlers and kept appropriate coats at each Royal estate. This one was apparently kept by one of the chauﬀeurs and his family - Edward did not dirve but was driven. It is supple tan leather with khaki wool lining. Similar held in the Royal Collection
QUEEN ALEXANDRA’S French Ballgown Queen Alexandra's ballgown from late 1901/early 1902, when she was out of deepest mourning for Queen Victoria and could have some embellishment. Stunning tulle over silk, cascading pastes and beads, with two bodices - one with signature high ‘Alexandra’ neck, the other with deep decolleté to be worn with ‘collier de chien’ (choker) necklace, both bodices with ‘Her Majesty Queen Alexandra’ on embroidered label inside, by Henriette Favre of 5 Rue de la Paix, Paris
Catherine the Great mixed media portrait From the famous portrait of Catherine the Great (was cEntrepiece of the Catherine the Great Exhibition at the NGV) a mixed media image. Brushed silk background, with ruched velvet, silk, lace, beads, pearls, curled silver & gold foils, pastes. Her face and cypher painted in watercolour. Whichever lady did this (only the wealthy had access to these materials) misinterpreted her cypher and made it interlinked Cs, whereas it ought to be interlinked Es.
Pair of Original gouache pochoirs Pair of Original gouache pochoirs of ‘picture dresses, one signed by the illustrator/publisher of the fashion magazine ‘Tres Parisienne’. These were included in the magazine.
WWI Framed Cavalry Charge Souvenir Embroidery The photograph is apparently of a Royal Flying Corps pilot, however the image beneath is of a cavalry charge overcoming German artillery positions. Cavalry charges were used early in the war on the Western Front, but continued to be used in the Middle East throughout the War. One of the last charges was at Huj in Palestine in November 1917. Cavalrymen were recruited for the Royal Flying Corps as it was felt their dexterity with guiding horseflesh would transfer to aircraft.
WWI Framed ‘Jack and his Master’ Souvenir Embroidery The photograph surrounded by the Allied flags is of ‘Jack and His Master’ - an Aussie digger with his Jack Russell beneath clasped hands and ‘United We Stand’. A copy of this photograph appears on a slide presentation in the WWI Gallery at the Australian War Memorial.
WWI Framed 5th Pioneer Battalion AIF Embroidery In the purple and white colours of the AIF 5th Pioneer Battalion, this sweetheart embroider is ‘With Love to My Dear Wife from Harold’, who was in England in 1917. (his wife’s photo has slipped but is easily re-positioned). From South Australia
VICTORIAN Gilt framed Bedfordshire ‘Maltese’ collar In the 19th century, Bedfordshire bobbin lace was competing not only with increased mechanisation but also with the very popular and highly promoted Maltese lace, so produced their own version of ‘maltese’.
"EDWARDIAN Framed 65th Hobart Regatta Programme From 1903, a framed silk version of the oﬃcial programme for the 65th Anniversary of the Royal Hobart Regatta (became ‘Royal’ in 1934), which began in 1838 and is the largest aquatic carnival in the Southern Hemisphere."
EDWARDIAN Barossa Valley framed German Bridal Headdress From Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley, in the German tradition of framing the bride’s headdress and veil. Many were framed with money secreted in the back (for a rainy day or to help the bride ‘escape’). Framed by Barrosa Studio, Proprietor T Geyer (who imported pianos and appears to have had a sideline) - sticker on back.
VICTORIAN Group of 2 sister samplers The Hosie sisters stitched these samplers - Anne Hosie finished hers on July 24th 1871, we don’t know when Ellen Hosie finished hers. Ellen’s is in pale colours and is a straightforward alphabet sampler. Anne’s has a black alphabet surrounded by a brightly coloured floral border. Group of 2
1930's & Earlier Filet lace George Jubilee Souvenir + Naive Embroidery Framed hand done filet lace souvenir dressing table doily with crown and 1910 - 1936 George V. Jubilee; small naive embroidery showing children building a sandcastle with cliﬀs, a ship and seagulls in the background, ‘September’ beneath.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Rare Flower from Flanders Fields - Autograph book Pte Michael Fitisoﬀ, a Russian in the A.I.F., picked this chrysanthemum on Flanders Fields before being shipped back to England to repair his wounds. He presented it to Lily Ricks, who preserved it in her autograph book. And thereby hangs a romantic (yet oddly macabre) tale - to be included with the autograph book."
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Lulu the Fums-Up Doll Popular good luck charms since Victorian times, Fums Up dolls were a runaway success during WWI (say ‘thumbs up’ with a Cockney accent). The famous Hamley’s Toy Shop commissioned Hancock & Sons of Stoke-on-Trent to produce these ceramic ones as Red Cross mascots - her name is Lulu"
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Child’s Red Cross VAD Outfit Little girls would have seen Red Cross workers everywhere - perhaps her mother or auntie was a Red Cross VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment). Mum has made her a little apron, cap and armband trimmed with Red Cross tape.
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION NZ Boy’s Peace Tie A tie issued to boys in NZ schools as part of the oﬃcial Peace Celebrations in 1919 (Treaty of Versailles). Looks as if it was worn only the once!
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Armand Marseille Nurse Doll Despite the French name, this German company was famous for its porcelain dolls. To retain an international market, they produced this little doll (model 390) in a generic nurse uniform of blue/white stripe dress, white apron and veil and red cape. Most were sold to America but this one ended up in England then Australia.
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION West Indies Forces Presentation Chocolate Tin The Caribbean Islands of Trinidad, Grenada & St Lucia, all parts of the Empire, supplied gift tins of chocolate made from cocoa grown in the islands “To his Majesty’s Naval & Military Forces” for Christmas 1914. These tiny colonies spent £40,820 on cocoa alone and the tins were manufactured in Mansfield in England by Barringer Wallis & Manners Ltd. Few survive
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Army Medical Service Brassard Adjustable brassard (armband) worn by personnel in the Army Medical Service in WWI - linen, with applied felt red cross and oﬃcial stamp.
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Collection of Peace Souvenir Cards"
"1950's Framed Festival of Britain Embroidery"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION A Commemorative Lace Mantlepiece Pelmet"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION Silk Commemorative Armistice Apron"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE - HOMECOMING EXHIBITION A Soldier’s Companion Book"
"1970's & later Group of 3 label outfits"
"1960's Mr John by Merivale ‘mod’ suit"
"1980's George’s of Melbourne cocktail dress"
"1960's Original Sportsgirl Maxi"
1960's Stephen Glass original evening gown
1950's Group of 2 cocktail dresses
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Rare Turkish POW beadwork
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Group of 3 Service badges
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Insignia & Rose Day Cigarette Card
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION 1915 Lusitania Medallion with reproduction pennant
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Original Woman's Razor in box
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Soldier’s embroidered belt and Sweetheart cushion
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Princess Mary’s 1914 Christmas Tin
WWI & WWII From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Group of 3 Hussifs
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Rare Comforts Pack Wrapper
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Casualty Clearing Station Red Cross Flag"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION It’s a Long Way to Tipperary handkerchief & sheet music"
WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Group of 2 patriotic souvenir handkerchiefs
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Rare Hansi 1919 Peace Tablecloth"
"WWI From WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1918 EXHIBITION Linen & Lace Peace Tablecloth"
"VICTORIAN Group of 4 Fans"
1920's Group of 6 French Paper Advertising Fans
"VICTORIAN From the CASTLE HOWARD COLLECTION Castle Howard Altar Pelmet"
1920's Group of 2 - beaded girdle & necklace
1930's Group of 2 - button covers and clip
Group of 2 - necklace & beading
1920's Flapper era cloche
1950's Milliner’s piece
1920's Group of 4 evening bags
1890's & later Group of 4 bags
1920's Pyjama set
1950's 2 Pairs of sheer seamed stockings
1950's 2 Pairs plus a spare of fancy seamed stockings
1920's/30s 6 Pairs silk/rayon stockings
REGENCY ERA Silk lace ankle stockings
REGENCY & LATER Group of buckles & belts
1920's Group of collar & garters
VICTORIAN & LATER Group - Patent ‘Dress Supporters’ & belts