Monday, September 2, 2013

New to The Marketplace

I always troll the antique dealers, auction sites and of course ebay, one never knows and today was one of those days that something good popped up, along with something curious.

The fabric of this gown is pretty darn awesome.  The simple colorways and elegance of design is what make 18th century fabrics so enduringly beautiful.  We lust after cotton prints the same way that the 18th century women did, they are colorful, lightweight and do darn pretty.  We want lively fabrics so badly that in our modern quest for cotton prints sometimes we run amok, with prints that are too large,  too busy and too many colors.

Meg Andrews
Red, purple, blue, and a dash of yellow.  The fronds might have been green, with the yellow faded off to make them blue.  Black/brown dots and outlines on a creamy white ground complete the simple elegance of this fabric.  The linear design points to the 70s's and 80s for a date.  You can almost feel the texture of the fabric from this picture.

Squarish neckline, this is an apron front gown, with squarish tabs at the bottom of the bodice.  No frills no fussy trim.  The fabric says it all.

The back has been altered, totally squared off loosing the graceful v of the back of these gowns.  The exact same alteration occurs in the blue worsted gown in the collection of Historic Deerfield.  Apron front and chopped off back, a quick update to an earlier gown.

So that was the good thing, now to the curious thing.

I think this is a Masonic Apron.  BUT, I make no claim to know jack about Masonic Aprons.  It just looks like one.


It is undoubted 18th century silk.  Heavily trimmed in metallic lace and silk fringe.  Lined with linen.

The dealer is using this gown fabric to document the fabric and this image to document its use as an apron.  The girl looks like a Russian Princess to me with her sash and cross.  Her apron looks embroidered.  So take a guess, form your own opine on this one.


  1. Hi there!
    The portrait is Spanish Colonial, from Lima, Peru.,_ca._late_18th_century,_Lima_School,_Davis_Museum.jpg