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A Very Vintage Sale

19th June 2020.

The Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 4th July is a treasure trove of vintage textiles, period costume, luxury designer accessories and so much more.

This varied and fascinating sale includes 18th century carved and painted wooden dolls, a rare early 20th century Steiff doll of a Scottish soldier (estimate: £120-180 plus buyer’s premium), and an early 20th century Steiff pull along bear on wheels (estimate: £100-150 plus b.p.).


A good selection of vintage quilts, including interesting North Country examples, is led by an early 19th century cotton patchwork quilt signed by Ann Booth and dated 1817 (estimate: £300-500 plus b.p.). Decorative early 20th century lace is joined by antique sewing accessories and samplers.

A strong offering of period and vintage costume is led by a late 19th century yellow silk two-piece lady’s outfit, made by Mme Miles of 48 Abingdon Road, Kensington (estimate: £100-200 plus b.p.), and a good collection of 1920s to 1950s day and evening ware. Examples of 1970s costume includes outfits by Ossie Clark and Biba, and the sale also includes a collection of Burberry coats from the 1980s and 1990s which belonged to a sample maker who worked for the British designers for over two decades.

The sale also includes beautiful antique white cotton baby dresses and gowns, bowler and top hats, over-size advertising perfume bottles from the Jane Wilson Collection, and a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase. Modern designer accessories include colourful Hermès silk scarves, and leather handbags by Mulberry, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Of particular note is a Chanel midnight blue quilted leather handbag made circa 1989 to 1991 estimated at £1,200 – 1,800 (plus b.p.).

Alongside live bidding in person, Tennants continue to offer digital alternatives for browsing and bidding. 



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