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Results: Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale 19th August

21st August 2023.

The Peter Leathers Collection of 1950s Menswear led Tennants Auctioneers’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on 19th August, selling for a total hammer price of £8,280 for 25 lots, doubling the mid-estimate (all figures exclude buyer’s premium). The collection was put together over a life time by the late Peter Leathers, a fashion designer, jewellery maker and guitarist from West Yorkshire, who was a devotee of the era. With a focus on fashion from the American Deep South, he sought out original garments and ephemera from the region. Keen to collect authentic pieces, he purchased much of his menswear collection from old ‘Mom & Pop’ shops, or from estate sales.

Whilst many of the pieces in the collection were worn regularly by Peter, the collection included numerous unworn collector’s pieces, complete with original tags. With competitive bidding by many vintage fashion followers, strong prices were achieved throughout the collection, with notable results seen for the likes of a group of circa 1950s Men’s American Suits, Jackets and Trousers, which sold for £750 against an estimate of £120-180, and a group of circa 1950s Gent’s American Casual Clothing, which sold for £850. Further items from the Peter Leathers Collection, including 1950s guitars, amps and radios, will be included in Tennants’ Scientific and Musical Instruments Sale on 27th September.

Ladies costume of the era continues to be enormously popular, with pretty printed cotton day dresses once again much in demand. A group lot of 12 dresses including examples by Peggy Page and Daleware sold for £550 against an estimate of £150-250, and a second group of 12 dresses including dresses by Horrockses Fashions and Alice Edwards Italian sold for £650. The most eye catching outfit in the sale, however, was a 1970s crochet matching short and tank top set in vibrant orange, red and blue made by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Sold alongside a further crochet tank top by the same label, the crochet outfits sold for £900.

The top individual lot of the sale was an unrestored dapple grey rocking horse, made in the late 19th century by F.H. Ayres, the most revered maker of the era (sold for £4,200). Learn more about F.H. Ayres Rocking Horses. Amongst the antique textiles were two lots of good samplers; a group of two School Girl Alphabet Samplers worked in black on white by Elizabeth Hewson and her sister Hannah, from Newtown School in Wales sold for £650, and a Late 17th Century Band Sampler sold for £480. Also of interest was an Early 20th Century Chinese Embroidered Wall Hanging, which sold for £450.

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £52,630 with a 96% sold rate for 253 lots.


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