Antique Collector - Clothes, Costumes & Textiles


Antique Clothes, Costumes, Accessories, Textiles and Soft Furnishings.
Have you ever watched those period dramas on TV and thought, 'I wish we could wear clothes like that today'. Well, suprisingly, you're not alone! The large market for reproduced antique clothing has produced a demand for the real thing, which unfortunately, because of recycling and alterations (early fashions changed as quickly as they do now), means that large quantities of antique clothing don't exist.

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On the other hand, clothing with sentimental value, such as christening gowns and wedding dresses seem to be plentiful, as do many of the accessories available at the time which reflected social attitudes and change, such as hats, purses, bags, fans, parasols and lace.

Equally important, are items of household decoration, especially recognized today for the craft skills and design flare of the maker. Soft furnishings, such as, wall hangings of embroidery, needlework, tapestries and samplers, to cushion covers, firescreens, patchwork and quilt, are all eagerly sought after by collectors today.


Antique clothes, costumes and textiles
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Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries
Nerylla Taunton
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Antique Quilts & Textiles: A Price Guide by Bobbie A. Aug, Gerald Roy
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Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques Heather Toomer
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Antique Purses
by Richard Holiner
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Antique and Collectible Buttons: Ident. and Values Debra J. Wisniewski
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Buttons Jim Dine, Diana Epstein, Millicent Safro, John Parnell, Tom Wolfe
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Graced by Lace: A Guide for Collectors of Antique Linen and Lace Debra Bonito
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Antique/Vintage Clothing: Guide to Dates and Values of Women's Clothing- 1850-1940
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English Costume- Early Middle Ages to the 16th Century - Iris Brooke
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Dressing the Elite:
Clothes in Early Modern England
Susan Vincent
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American Victorian Costume in Photographs Priscilla Harris Dalrymple
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Fashionable Clothing from Sears Catalogs: Late 1940s Tina Skinner 0star
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Antique Children's Fashions by Helen Shannon
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The Dolls' Dressmaker: A Pattern Book by V A Dodge
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The Kings & Queens of England by Mark Ormrod
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Victorian & Edwardian Fashion by Alison Gernsheim
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