Monday, October 29, 2012

Amongst Grandma's chattels - part 2

Thought I would sneak in a non-reno post, however it ended up being a tad heavy on the photos ( 29, and that after some culling)  Some more random bits from Grandma's life left behind, not really sure what is going to happen to most of it. Absorbed into other lives, I guess.
Lots of sewing bits this time, doileys, tablecloths, monogrammed napkins etc. have been washed and ironed to decide who wants what. I've claimed more than I will probably use in my whole life, but Mum is happy with her Mum's things and Gypsy Sister is more of a mod girl.

Thought this Victorian baby pillowcase was sweet, don't know what any of us will do with it though.
Did you know, back in Victorian times if there was a tragic baby death, well-to-do families would dress up the baby and place it in a cot or pram (with pretty handmade bedding) for a keepsake mourning photo.

My favorites are this teapot cover and double ended cloth.
Some of the linens have numbers and/or letters sewn or stamped in the corners. This is identification from when families sent their manchester away to be washed by laundry workers ( ah, those were the days)

 I found this interesting, they don't make them like they use to.
 A one hundred and 24 year old bed sheet -1888. S (for Sylvia) was my Grandfather's Mother. They have a lace edging at the top and can you see the patch job on the left? That is the middle of the sheet. Dad has told tales of how, if their bed sheets wore thin in the middle, his Mum would cut them in half and sew the outsides together. Then he would get to sleep on the join, ha, nothing like sleeping on a permanent wrinkle.

I always find this sewing amazing, so tricky.
 A new piece, I like it as a sampler of old seersucker fabrics.

Found about 70 iron on transfers. Patterns from Briggs, Deighton's and Boyton and Turner's to use on tablecloths, doileys etc.
Butterflies, fruit, baskets of flowers, borders, war insignias, lots of flowers.

A few crinoline ladies.

There is a box full of old fabric Honiton lace point patterns for lacemaking. Have no idea of their age but his one looks Victorian/Edwardian.
 Who has a waist that small?
 From back in the days when you made your own fancy hankies. The grey pattern is design 20 so I guess that must be older than the design 124.
 Strange to think these will never be finished after all the hours already spent, I wonder who they were for.

Would this be from the 1930/40's? A Penelope kit with waxed paper etc.

 A tin of lace making bobbins and cards of machine made lace ribbons.

The older items have Made in England or British Manufacture rather than United Kingdom of today

We think this is from a wedding dress, handmade lace panel front. Was in the soapbox below.

Goodie box of vintage lace and ribbons, we think the black laces and belt buckle are from the mourning dress remnants I've yet to look at.
Carbolic soap is apparently made from an acid derived from coal tar, which we know as phenol. Which is mildly antiseptic and used as a deoderant. Interesting, hmmm.

 Leather covered belt buckle.

This half a card had threads wrapped around it. Working women's National Health Insurance card from 2nd half of 1914. On the back are squares with the contribution amounts.
Also found a pouch of embroidery silks, can they still be used wrinkled?

Inside was this receipt which we thought was dated '09 as in 2009. But I thought no one calls it a telegraphic address. So of course I had to oogle Google.
 Frederick Gorringe Ltd was a drapery shop opened in the 1850's, which was frequented by the staff and family of Queen Victoria's palace (down the road). It expanded to become a large department store and eventually closed down in 1968.
Which makes this little receipt more than a handred years old.
 Partially worked table runner in silk.

Lots of started items, some look like practice samples.

Toile de Jouy? What do you do with this? Now I'm thinking this might be a "dreg"

Pretty chocolate boxes filled with tapestry wool, silks and threads.

But WOW, the mother load of unwanted threads, to be shared with my Mum of course.

 If only I could get someone else to finish the Reno cottage. Then I could sit around stitching all day pretending to be a lady!
p.s tell me to stop!!!!


  1. That battle of Waterloo piece is definitely not a dreg! Especially with the 200 year anniversary in just over two years time. That toile is probably commemorating the 100 year anniversary! Amazing history you have in your possession. Really amazing. xx

  2. Another gorgeous post! The lace making pieces are just spectacular. The waterloo piece would be amazing framed, T x

  3. What an amazing pile of treasures from the past. Imagine spending hours and hours of the day toiling over lacework and chat.Seems appealing sometimes as a busy working mum, but oh how I love having the joy of a job and the freedom and security that comes with it. mel x

  4. Sorry Simmone, I am not going to tell you to stop. I can't. It's all too lovely and interesting. Wow!

  5. What lovely things, a treasure trove! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Such great keepsakes to own. I love the teapot cover and double ended cloth and the iron on transfers are great. Beautiful pics and wares. x

  7. I have nominated you for a Liebster Award .... details are in this post

  8. What a treasure-trove of seamstress delights you have.
    And who knows one day when you are old and gray, with no kids at home to drive around and cook and clean after and too old strip furniture and help Mr.CH hang rafters, you just may pull all this stuff out and finally be a proper lady!


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