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 Remnant Circular, Spring Season, 1888. Hood, Bonbright & Co. .Philadelphia.
Remnant Circular, Spring Season, 1888. Hood, Bonbright & Co. .Philadelphia.
Price: $38.00

A single fold circular with information on lengths, manufacturer and fabric type and price per pound or yard.   Special attention is invited to Remnants of Wool Cassimers and Dress Goods, which we sell at a very large concession below list prices. Terms included.  The back page is an illustration of the buildings exterior, located at  11th & Market Streets.  Measures 9 1/4" x 5 3/4".  Letter folds.. more info
 Alphabets for Embroidering on Canvas, No. 36. ..1860s
Alphabets for Embroidering on Canvas, No. 36. ..1860s
Price: $50.00

Concertina style booklet with 7 pages. Five (5) pages of upper case elaborate letters plus 2 pages of decorative element. No printer or publisher indicated. Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  Light foxing within; cover wear and repair. . more info
Needlework Copy Book Toilette Present for Ladies No. V. ..1860s
Needlework Copy Book Toilette Present for Ladies No. V. ..1860s
Price: $50.00

16 pp. Decorative wraps. Sets of alphabets and numbers in various fonts, both upper and lower case. No printer or publisher indicated. Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  Cover wear.. more info
 Treatise on Art Needle Work with Twenty Color Plates, Series # 8. M Heminway Sons Silk Co..New York.c1900
Treatise on Art Needle Work with Twenty Color Plates, Series # 8. M Heminway Sons Silk Co..New York.c1900
Price: $50.00

107 pp. A comprehensive guide to various patterns for needle point utilizing the manufacturer's products to make them. This catalog is the 8th in the series. It starts with a beginners guide to needlepoint, along with B&W photographs of the various stitches used in needle work. The treatise includes B&W illustrations of the designs, and templates for them, as well as 20 color illustrations of completed designs. The templates are for a variety of nature inspired elements, including plants and animals, as well as decorative styles, such as eyelet stitching. Measures 8" x 5 1/2".. Front cover fully detached, back cover partially detached, with most of the back strip missing. The interior pages are toned, with some stains. more info
 Our '98 Book: A Combined Catalogue and Instruction Book on the Subjects of Silk Embroidery and Popular Fancy Work. The Brainerd & Armstrong Company.New London, CT.1898
Our '98 Book: A Combined Catalogue and Instruction Book on the Subjects of Silk Embroidery and Popular Fancy Work. The Brainerd & Armstrong Company.New London, CT.1898
Price: $70.00

76 pp. A guide with comprehensive descriptions of items sold and instructions on how to utilize them in order to make embroidery or the like. The cover is in color, designed to look like an embroidered rose. There are 21 color plates illustrating finished embroidered designs, such as the Japanese Chrysanthemum, and the borders for the designs. The rest of the book has numerous B&W illustrations of different items to create using embroidery, such as picture frames. The last few pages of the book are the price list, and that is printed in red. Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4". The covers have edge wear, with some intact tears and a piece of the top right corner missing. Additionally, they were printed off center. The interior pages have general toning more info
Front and Back McLoughlin style paper doll promotes Brook's Spool Cotton - 3 Costumes. ..1890s
Front and Back McLoughlin style paper doll promotes Brook's Spool Cotton - 3 Costumes. ..1890s
Price: $75.00

A 5 1/4" front and back paper doll stylized after McLoughlin's 1890s Clara and Alice. She holds a card that reads Brook's Spool Cotton is the best.  There are spools of thread at her feet.  Her three (3) costumes appear to be regional attire from various countries, perhaps Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands. Appear to be cut from a sheet with advertising on reverse.  Missing surface litho on the reverse of back side of each costume and doll presumably had been glued down at one point and carelessly removed.. more info
Repurposed 1878 Diary -  Manuscript Lace Patterns & Potpourri Recipes. ..1881-1902
Repurposed 1878 Diary - Manuscript Lace Patterns & Potpourri Recipes. ..1881-1902
Price: $95.00

The diary through mid-March is absent and begins with a short news clipping for Torchon Lace.  This is followed by manuscript instructions for Drusella Lace followed by a random pencil sketch of a farm house.  This is followed by Hansom Wide Lace, Knitted Diana Lace, Pretty Knit Lace.  Mid-April through November is blank. The next entry is Filling for Rose Jar, Green Pot-pourri and another drawing of a farm house.The final page has sketches for signs for a Boarding House and a Dentist.   Brief but interesting content.  Measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".  . more info
2 Cards  Nouveaute Seam Binding with vibrant blue Labels . Nouveaute.c1880s
2 Cards Nouveaute Seam Binding with vibrant blue Labels . Nouveaute.c1880s
Price: $95.00

Two (2) cards wrapped with different cotton lace seam binding with original Nouveaute labels printed in vibrant blue  on coated stock. The binding was used . more info
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Price: $100.00

Seven (7) 4" x 2 3/4"  embossed advertising trade cards promoting Clarks ONT thread. One for each line of the Monday's Child verse depicting an illustration of a young girl relevant to the verse.  It also includes Clark's response to the verse e.g. Thursday's Child is Sour & Sad - Tho' Thursday's child be sour and sad Clark's ONT will make her glad. the reverse promotes the product.. more info
Describing Circular Embroidering & Ornamenting Machine for Rug Patterns. E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns.Boston, MA.1881
Describing Circular Embroidering & Ornamenting Machine for Rug Patterns. E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns.Boston, MA.1881
Price: $110.00

An advertising booklet for E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns which starts out by promoting the employment options involved to all persons, men, women and children, in the field of rug making. Men can become official agents of the company selling patterns and supposedly can earn enough that they can hire children to help sell the patterns. By doing this the children are reportedly able to make up to two dollars every day after school. Women on the other hand, after purchasing the patterns, can make and sell the rugs themselves. The patterns are meant to imitate the Turkish Rugs, that were becoming exceedingly popular, but rather expensive. The booklet provides a brief description of how to make the rugs using their patterns, as well as supplies you will need to make the rugs. The tools needed to do so, a rug hook and yarn, are also sold by the company. The booklet then describes the 132 rug patterns they sell. Each pattern has a description of the design of the rug itself, size of the rug made, and cost of the pattern. One of the company's main selling points for their patterns was that the patterns were printed on cloth not paper, like other patterns of the time. Additionally patterns for slippers or ottomans. Concludes with testimonials from people who have sold the rugs, as well as information on the Bronze Metal the company won at the 1878 American Institute Fair of New York and the Diploma given to them by the 1878 Mechanics Fair Boston. There are several black and white images throughout, including two rug designs: one a standard oriental design, and the second of large lion. The front cover has a black and white images of a women in a white dress sitting and embroidering a rug which has been stretched out on a wooden frame and is leaning against a table. This image is enclosed in a decorative border which looks like a wooden frame held together with slim nails. The back cover has a black and white engraving of a women in black dress sitting and embroidering a rug that has been set within a standing wooden frame. binding. OCLC 0 (July 2020). Measures 5" x 3 3/4". E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns was founded by Edward Sands Frost. He was original a tin peddler who started his company in Biddeford, ME, in 1868 by creating zinc stencils to transfer rug designs to burlap. He sold his company in 1876 due to ill health to James A. Strout, who kept the business running until the early 1900s when interest in the designs waned. Afterward the Newbury Yarn Company continued to sell Frost's designs well into the 1930s. 24 unnumbered pgs. Illustrated covers.

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A Sewing Sample Book Belonging to Marion Taylor
A Sewing Sample Book Belonging to Marion Taylor
Price: $115.00

sewing, composition notebook, education, Hawthorne avenue school, made by hand, educational

An 1889 sewing sample book belong to a Marion Taylor of Newark, NJ. It includes both the actual hand-stitched works and a narrative on the individual steps for a variety of sewing techniques entitled: Hemmed Patching, Flannel Patch, Gathering, Securing Gathering to Band, French Corset Cover, Felled Patch, Material Needed, Hem Stitching, and Darned Patch. Additionally, there are six (6) fabric samples depicting the techniques described, though two of the fabric samples have no descriptive information with them. On the front cover is states "Board of Education, Newark, N.J., Sewing.", with a place for the name of the student, Marion Taylor, and school they attended, Hawthorne Ave, 1889, to be filled in. A Hawthorne Avenue School in Newark, NJ did exist, but it was erected in 1898 as a three story building, and is still in existence today. It is unclear if the school existed on the street in a separate building prior to then, or this book is from a different school all together. Completely filled (not including pages that have been cut out). Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4".

General wear. Offset from fabric samples. Pages have been cut out (most likely by original owner). Water stain on cover and first few pages. Penciling on one page. A number of pages have been cut out of this journal, it is unclear if those pages contained penmanship mistakes or they were removed for an other reason. The content appears complete.

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3 S.H. & M. Bias Velveteen Skirt Bindings Head and Shoulders Advertising Paper Dolls. Sackette & Wilhelms Litho Co..NY.c1895
3 S.H. & M. Bias Velveteen Skirt Bindings Head and Shoulders Advertising Paper Dolls. Sackette & Wilhelms Litho Co..NY.c1895
Price: $120.00

Three (3) different die-cut advertising head and shoulders paper dolls compliments of S.H. & M. Skirt binding tape.  Each depicts an elegant lady of means, dressed for various social events.  Perhaps designed as an aspiration the for average child.  The reverse of the dress promotes the various bindings available for sale. Printed on the reverse of the front of the dress is information on obtaining the three figures shown by sending five 2 cent stamps to the S.H. & M.  Co. NYC.  Each measures 8 1/2".. more info
Two (2)Thread Samples Sets with 63 Different Colors. J & P Coats and Gudebrod Brothers Company..c1880
Two (2)Thread Samples Sets with 63 Different Colors. J & P Coats and Gudebrod Brothers Company..c1880
Price: $120.00

The first sample thread set in this collection was produced by J & P Coats, and has 21 different shades of spool cotton thread. On the front cover is an image of two women seating in a field, with one sewing something in her lap. On the back cover is a spool of thread tied to a flowering branch with tiny birds flying around it. The sample set is a single fold booklet, with the samples wound around hard chips of paper. The thread is done so tightly that the thread samples almost look like they are paint samples. Additionally instead of numbers to identify the shades of thread, they have be named. For example: Van Dyke Brown, Dark Steel, Dregs of Wine, Light Prune, and Sapphire. Single fold with manufactured tape binding. Measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". The second of the sample thread sets was made by Gudebrod Brothers Company (successors to Cutter Silk Manufacturing Company) and has 42 different shades of spool silk and twist  thread. The front of the sample set has the company information on it while the back cover lists some information on the product, along with the tag line "leading spool silk for generations". On the front cover, written in pencil is "April 1902". The Gudebrod Brothers renamed their company in 1895 (several years after purchasing Cutter Silk Manufacturing Company), so it is unclear if this is the date of the sample set or if it was written on at a later date. 4 pages. Measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/4".. more info
Advertising Paper Doll for The New Home Sewing Machine Co.. Forbes Co. .Orange MA.c1895
Advertising Paper Doll for The New Home Sewing Machine Co.. Forbes Co. .Orange MA.c1895
Price: $150.00

A front and back paper doll created by Forbes Co. consisting of multiple parts to be joined to create the object. The 81/2" x 5" card Compliments of The New Home Sewing Machine Co has a main figure of a sewing machine that folds at top for insertion of head and shoulder component of one of two women - a young lady or an older woman--your preference.  It is accompanied by a 9 1/2" x 3 1/2" card is to be cut and constructed to create a back drop for the sewing woman.  It is an image of a house and is captioned "Our New Home".  Reverse of both cards blank.. more info
Schnittmuster für eine Porzellan-Badepuppe - templates sewing patterns & instructions for making doll's beachwear wardrobe. Unknown.Printed in Germany.[1890]
Schnittmuster für eine Porzellan-Badepuppe - templates sewing patterns & instructions for making doll's beachwear wardrobe. Unknown.Printed in Germany.[1890]
Price: $150.00

Gilt stamped portfolio with  silk ribbon closure and including an uncut folded sewing patterns, color illustration of the costumes and an 8 pp instructions for making an 18.5 cm porcelain doll's beachwear. The portfolio measures . more info
  1961 Handwork or Sewing Decorating Technique Student Sample Book , Belgium . .Bocholt, Belgium.1961
1961 Handwork or Sewing Decorating Technique Student Sample Book , Belgium . .Bocholt, Belgium.1961
Price: $175.00

Large format with pen and ink cover decoration. Includes ten (10) pages with seventeen (17) different samples. Each sample is captioned identifying the work and is accompanied by a magazine cut-out showing an example of the work on a garment. 11” x 14 ½”. Meticulous work. Minimal cover wear. . more info
Learoyd Brothers & Co Advertising Show card for Learoyd Brothers & Co. Huddersfield England, with woven silk inset of Trafalgar Mills.Huddersfield, England.
Learoyd Brothers & Co Advertising Show card for Learoyd Brothers & Co. Huddersfield England, with woven silk inset of Trafalgar Mills.Huddersfield, England.
Price: $175.00

A 14 3/8" x 11 3/4 easel back heavy stock show card with  diecut and woven silk inset of the companies factory in Huddersfield, England, known as Trafalgar Mills.   The fine silk weaving measures 3" x 6" and is referred to in the advertisement as "A Woven Masterpiece".  Learoyd Brothers & Co., is renowned the world over as Makers of the World's finest worsted cloths all 100% pure virgin wool.. Trafalgar Mills in Huddersfield were built in 1896.  The building was designed by the founder of the firm, Mr A E Learoyd, and its basic layout was so modern in concept that, apart from the introduction of new types of machinery, no changes were necessary to maintain its reputation as one of the best planned mills in the industry. This sound planning, combined with the use of the best machinery available and the high standards of the workers employed, enabled the company to establish itself as a manufacturer of some of the finest worsteds in the world. more info
Charlotte nostrand Decorative Arts Project - Finnish influence on today's styles . ..1940
Charlotte nostrand Decorative Arts Project - Finnish influence on today's styles . ..1940
Price: $250.00

Heavy board with yarn bounding.   Typewritten commentary describing each watercolor illustration beginning with fashions from 1810 through 1870 (Plates I-IX) depicting Finnish garb or "Sulkava". The remaining plates (X-IVX) are modern adaptations of the earlier styles.  The final plate is cut paper silhouettes.  A well executed and informative project completed by a University of California student.  Measures 12 1/2" x 9 1/2".. more info
 Decorative Beadwork on Victorian Playing Card Holder - Flute, Lyre, Music Book. ..
Decorative Beadwork on Victorian Playing Card Holder - Flute, Lyre, Music Book. ..
Price: $275.00

A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" litho on pressed board box with inner sleeve for holding playing cards. The top surface is perforated or punch paper (20 punch holes/inch) with embossed die-cut gilt border.  The beadwork design is created using miniature glass and metal beads.  The scene depicts a lyre, flute and music book.. more info
 Decorative Beadwork on Victorian Playing Card Holder - Sword, Axe and Shield. ..
Decorative Beadwork on Victorian Playing Card Holder - Sword, Axe and Shield. ..
Price: $275.00

A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" litho on pressed board box with inner sleeve for holding playing cards. The top surface is perforated or punch paper (20 punch holes/inch) with embossed die-cut gilt border.  The beadwork design is created using miniature glass and metal beads.  The scene depicts a sword, axe and shield.. more info
Fabric Weaver's Journal and Spec Book
Fabric Weaver's Journal and Spec Book
Price: $325.00

1845-1856. Textile weaving, Journal, textile patterns, business and industry. A total of 14 manuscript pages organized by year and including the article that was woven, the weave pattern including colors, the number of biers in the weave, the size of the fabric, specific weaving techniques, knots, etc. -- Any design element associated with the particular fabric. It begins in 1845 and is titled "Cotton" that continues for 6 pages. The next page is titled "SHAG". This completes the run of pages in the "front of the book". When turned upside down and opened from the back, it begins with information from 1848 - 1856 and includes the same time of information. The format may be accounting either for multiple weavers or materials types. Some of the articles mentioned include horse blankets, striped trousers, diapers, towels, pocket handkerchiefs, neck kerchiefs, mixed blankets, jacketing, full cloth, cheese cloth and more. There are four blank pages. Measures 6 3/8" x 4".

Surface wear. An interior page has been used at a much later date for jotting a note or two without relevance. Additionally the blank pages adjacent the last pages of weaving information have been inexplicably glued to the reverse.

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Geraldine S Kurnentz Schrier Ladieswear Garment Patterns: Coursework of Gerri Kurnentz from the Fashion Institute of Technology. .New York, New York.c1957
Geraldine S Kurnentz Schrier Ladieswear Garment Patterns: Coursework of Gerri Kurnentz from the Fashion Institute of Technology. .New York, New York.c1957
Price: $450.00

This binder belonged to Geraldine "Gerri" Kurnentz during her time as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The binder contains two distinct courses on ladies wear garments and their corresponding work. Each section starts with the syllabus for the course, followed by Gerri's work and various handouts. These typed syllabus and instructional handouts provided by the school are often stamped with her teacher's name, such as N. Angelier (Nancy L Angelier) and F Leto. The two courses featured in this binder are Pattern Drafting and Design taught by Angelier and Apparel Design, taught by Leto. The coursework often consists of hand-drawn miniature patterns- drawn to scale- which are pasted or pinned onto graph paper. On particularly difficult tasked, such as the inclusion of a notched collar, multiple tiny pattern pieces are affixed to the drawn pattern with straight pins.  At times these patterns are also made from canvas or tracing paper which has been pinned into the graph paper. Along with the patterns are her notes and magazine cutouts of illustrations of the articles of clothing she was attempting to make. Interspersed between all of this are a few newspaper articles she found interesting and a few fashion sketches. It is unclear if these sketches are Gerri's original designs or simply sketches of the dresses she was trying to create. Some of the techniques and/or patterns she learned in these two courses are:  a Notched collar, a Dolman Sleeve, a Ragian Sleeve, a elongated armhole, a petal skirt, and a princess dress. 2 in, 3 ring binder with blue fabric covers. The pages of the binder are encased in plastic sleeve inserts, of which there are 67 (including the one on the front cover).  As such there are approximately 134 (a few plastic inserts are single sided). The binder dates from the mid 1950s, but no later than 1958, as Gerri was married in that year and her name changed to Schrier.  Measures 11 1/2" x 10 1/2". Geraldine "Gerri" S Kurnentz was born on September 3, 1938 to Sidney Kurnentz and Bessie Kurnentz nee Schwartz. She married Richard Schrier in New York in 1958. She eventually moved to New Jersey and had at least two children. Gerri died on July 3 2017. more info
Boxed Set - Stitchart - Sewing for Girls
Boxed Set - Stitchart - Sewing for Girls
Price: $500.00

A litho on paper pressed board covered boxed set play set encouraging young girls to learn to sew, embroider, make a tapestry, play with paper dolls and of course launder clothing. The complete set includes three (3) articulated or jointed 10 1/2" paper dolls and their stands, eight (8 ) cut dresses to be sewn for the dolls (includes thread, but no needles), a wooden embroidery hoop for decorating the doll's dresses, a wooden frame and a tapestry set with two patterns (a village scene & swans on a pond) complete with frame and yarn. Finally there is a card with wooden clothes pins and a clothes line. It reads "Dolly's Clothesline - No Dolls Outfit Complete without one.  Will be Essential for Many Purposes. "This is the day we wash dolly's clothes And when they are finished we have no more Woes Her Clothes are then so nice and sweet To Look at her is quite a Treat" .  Measures 13" x 20" more info
Cahier de Couture  (Sewing Book)  A School Girl Sample book accompanied by watercolor illustrations. ..300
Cahier de Couture (Sewing Book) A School Girl Sample book accompanied by watercolor illustrations. ..300
Price: $750.00

18 leaves, including covers. A watercolor decorated  sewing sample book.  The book is designed with page cut-out for textile display with the remainder of each pocket fold page sealed. The sample is visible on both sides of the page.   Each textile sample is accompanied by a relevant watercolor.  Sewing samples include various stitches, blind seams, flat fell seams, sleeve plackets, various laces, mesh fabrics, cross stitch of a young girl with a watering can, cuff gathers, button holes, pleats, embroidery,an alphabet sampler, an embroidered illustration of a coach with coachman, a princess collar and puff sleeves. Illustrations include early aviation, horseless carriage, a bone crusher bicycle, a rocket shipe and an angry moon and early illumination  (a campfire, a candle, a fireplace and a lamp).  Also includes depictions of Egypt, Greece and Rome, middle age Gothic,  the Renaissance,  Empire period, stages and coachmen, bonnets and other finery, a flapper girl and concluded iwht a girl from the 1950s.  Measures6 1/2" x 10".. Few pages with inking on ssewing sample. more info