Monday, August 18, 2008
An antique textile appraiser such as myself, has been in a state of bliss over the last few weeks.
We are preparing for a deaccessioning auction for the Jordan Museum on Labor Day.
As one of the privileged personnel for the auctioneer Rick Rittenhouse I was able to view and inspect the treasures coming to the auction floor.
Besides wonderful furniture and primitive tools, it is the costumes, accessories and textiles that set my heart aflutter.There are Victorian and Edwardian garments; walking suits with leg o' mutton sleeves, ostrich feather fans, celluloid hair combs, heavily beaded blouses, punch paper samplers, woven coverlets...
But of all the history and beauty laid before me I would have to admit I fancy the May 1840 sampler wrought by Jane Baillie from Hamilton UC.(the UC stands for Upper Canada, long before this country became a nation)
Embroidered by a young Scottish lass (her family emigrated from Scotland to the Niagara Peninsula and appear in the 1851 census) on loosely woven homespun linen. It has the 'mystery mansion', a meandering floral border and peacocks guarding the door.
The colours are still rich and vibrant and the stitching lovely. Both are a testament to this girl's talent and a statement to this country's history.
Posted by Susan McShannon-Monteith at Monday, August 18, 2008