Vintage fashions in Surrey saleroom

Vintage fashions and textiles will go under the hammer in a Surrey saleroom next month.

Items in the sale at Ewbank’s range from a George I sampler and items of period costume, to a Chanel coat, and a collection of more than 150 designer handbags.

The George I alphabet sampler, dating from 1719, is worked in coloured wool and silks, and bears religious verse, and has a pre-sale guide price of between £200 and £300. It measures 31.5cm by 18cm, and caught the eye of the experts at Ewbank’s thanks to the “remarkable condition” for its age.

A Victorian bustle dress
A Victorian bustle dress in Ewbank’s sale

There are a number of period items of costume in the auction including a Regency Spencer jacket and Victorian bustle dress.

The Regency military-style Spencer jacket, dating from the early 19th century, has an estimate of between £150 and £250. It is made of navy-blue felt and has military-style frogging to bodice and intricately embroidered sleeves.

A Victorian bustle dress, dating from between around 1870 and 1880, has a guide price of between £100 to £150. It has a mulberry silk velvet and pale aquamarine graduated bodice. Inside are labels reading ‘J Burnham, Maidenhead’.

Among the more modern pieces is a long Chanel black and navy tweed bouclé coat with silk lining with Chanel logo and floral motif, from the iconic fashion house’s Autumn 2002 collection. It is a size 42 and has been valued at between £150 and £250.

Chanel overcoat
The Chanel coat in sale

There are a number of lots featuring fashions from 1920s going on sale, including a black evening dress, shoes, boudoir slippers and two Art Deco-style handbags, with a range of estimates. Alongside these is a Chinese Parasol of apricot-coloured silk, with a dragon embroidered on it, and an ivorine handle incised with Oriental figures, which carries an estimate of between £60 and £100.

Large collection of handbags
The huge selection of handbags

A large collection of more than 150 handbags, many of which are unused and come with original tags, is also going under the hammer. Some of the bags are being sold individually but many are to be sold in groups, with estimates starting from £40 per lot. Brands within the collection include Radley Signature, Lulu Guinness, Coach, Orla Kiely, and Fossil.

A large microgauze wall-hanging of woven linen by renowned weaver Peter Collingwood (1922 – 2008) is also going under the hammer. With a guide price of between £1,500 and £2,500. The piece is entitled ‘M26. No.10’, is signed on its label, and measures 204cm by 62cm.

Collingwood was at the forefront of the British weaving industry for fifty years. His wall hangings use the traditional craft to create visual abstraction and are admired worldwide. The London-based artist had a studio in Archway in north London and sold his work in Liberty’s and Heal’s; and had exhibits at the Red Rose Guild and the Arts and Crafts Society.

The auction takes place on November 12.


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