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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..
 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. .
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..
 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.
Paper Pattern for Sheep No. 3782. Imperial Publishing Co..New York.c1900
Paper Pattern for Sheep No. 3782. Imperial Publishing Co..New York.c1900
Price: $55.00

A 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" envelop with three (3)paper pattern pieces within and six (6) cut muslin pieces ready to sew and construct. Instructions on reverse.   A simple animal with pieces for the body section, inside leg and ear.  Placements for ears and a bead eye.  Light wrinkling.  Appears to be a project a child could either do or participate in.  Sheep body piece 6 1/2" x 10"..
 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
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..
Elegant silk bookmark love token with punch paper needlework verse. ..1850s
Elegant silk bookmark love token with punch paper needlework verse. ..1850s
Price: $90.00

A 2 1/4" x 11 1/4" silk brocade ribbon with a2  1/4" x 5 1/2" punch paper cross-stitch sampler stitched atop the ribbon.  The sentiment reads "I will ever Love thee  Horace. LeSlie." A small book or token box at the base.  Twenty-two (22) punch holes per inch. .
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".  .
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..
 Little Jack Horner, Stevengraph Woven Silk Bookmark. Thomas Steven.Coventry, UK.1874
Little Jack Horner, Stevengraph Woven Silk Bookmark. Thomas Steven.Coventry, UK.1874
Price: $110.00

A Stevengraph was invented by Thomas Stevens and is a woven silk with a colorful picture woven in. Thomas Stevens first introduced his Bookmarks around 1862 and by the end of that year he was producing as many as 79 different designs. By 1876 there were as many as 1000 bookmarks being manufactured and there seemed to be one for every occasion. This bookmark is of Little Jack Horner, and includes Mother Goose's nursery rhyme. In the center of the bookmark is an image of a boy - in a corner- wearing a purple shirt and green shorts, surrounded by several toys. The base of the bookmark has a floral design with a golden background. "Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating a Christmas pie. He put in his thumb, and pull'd out a plum and said, what a good boy I am!" Measures 5 3/4" x 1 1/2" . Thomas Stevens was born on March 23, 1828 to John Stevens (1808-1879) and Sarah Day (1806-1861) in Foleshill, England. Stevens started working for Pears and Franklin, local ribbon weavers and by 1854 he had opened his own business. He invented the 'Stevengraph' in 1862. He married Anne Urania Sowter (1830-1903) on October 4, 1854, in Derby, England. They had  eight children together.  He died October 24, 1888 from complications from throat surgery.
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"..
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"..
 Instructions for using the Dressmakers' Magic Scal, Improved and Simplified for Cutting Ladies' and Children's Wearing Apparel . The Rood Magic Scale Co..Chicago. ILL.1897
Instructions for using the Dressmakers' Magic Scal, Improved and Simplified for Cutting Ladies' and Children's Wearing Apparel . The Rood Magic Scale Co..Chicago. ILL.1897
Price: $125.00

32 Edition. 24pp.  Includes a description of scale and definition of technical parts, taking measures,notes for beginners, for drafting the back, for drafting the front, tracing front, drafting sleeves, etc.  The tool allowed the cutting of all styles of patterns without refitting.  Illuistrated. Measures 9" x 6".  .
 2 Poupee Model Magazines - a Newspaper for Little Girls w Doll Dress Pattern & Embroidery Supplements. Le Journal des Demoiselles et Le Petit Courrier des Dames.Paris, France.1886
2 Poupee Model Magazines - a Newspaper for Little Girls w Doll Dress Pattern & Embroidery Supplements. Le Journal des Demoiselles et Le Petit Courrier des Dames.Paris, France.1886
Price: $125.00

The January and November issues for 1886.  22 and 20 pp respectively. Pink illustrated wraps. French language.  Features include stories of history, social awareness, fiction with little girls and their dolls, a games and riddles page and a narrative explanation of the 11" x 14" two-sided paper supplement with patterns for doll dresses and embroidery patterns.   Also included is an actual tissue paper pattern created after a pattern on the supplement page..
W. R. Williams New Instruction Book (11th Edition) giving full and complete instructions for using the New Perfection Tailor System of Dress Cutting.. .Lawrence, Kansas.1891
W. R. Williams New Instruction Book (11th Edition) giving full and complete instructions for using the New Perfection Tailor System of Dress Cutting.. .Lawrence, Kansas.1891
Price: $150.00

32 pp. Information on Perfection Tailor Body System, Perfection Tailor Sleeve Rule, Perfection Tailor Skirt and Collar Rules. Illustrations throughout.  Includes instructions for women's and children's garments.   Measures 9" x 5 3/4". .
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..
  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 . Meticulous work. Minimal cover wear. .
Thea Hutchinson Album of Kindergarten Art . ..1895
Thea Hutchinson Album of Kindergarten Art . ..1895
Price: $225.00

A 9" x 9 1/4" hand made album consisting of 18 pages with items applied on both sides. Created by Thea Hutchinson in 1895-96.  It includes an array of work including pin prick art (4), embroidery samples (8), watercolor drawings on shaped paper (6),folded paper (7), Woven paper mats (7), geometric shapes applied to paper (11) applied leaves, drum constructed of paper, watercolored mimeographed sheets (5)  and more.  A few items of note include the woven paper log home, an embroidered and watercolor American flag and a drum constructed of geometric paper strips.  Some items inserted, while most applied to pages.   Heavy cover wear. . Fredrich Froebel's (1782 1852)  Kindergarten methods include play-based, child-centered, holistic education, along with parent involvement, educational paperfolding, use of music, games, and movement activities for education. Froebel saw mothers as the ideal first teachers of humanity. Women, he believed, were best-suited to nurture children and became the Kindergartners (teachers) for his schools. Froebel laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the "kindergarten".
12 Letters to Lizzie Hughes - a traveling seamstress . ..1870s
12 Letters to Lizzie Hughes - a traveling seamstress . ..1870s
Price: $225.00

Twelve manuscript letters predominantly from clients requesting that Lizzie come and sew for them.  A traveling seamstress in who moves from town to town having clients forward her mail to the next location.  Envelopes in this group of letters addressed to Russian Corners, Russia, Brocketts Bridge, South Trenton and Gosway--all in New York and one from Iron Ridge Wisconsin.  three letters are from a family member with family news plus information warp used for 30 yards of carpet with enough left over to make her rags into a colorful fabric including a red flannel shirt and a brown dress.  It also advised there is lots of sewing work waiting for her when she returns "home".  Two letters and a postal card from Annie  advising a project in her head for a new summer dress, a second urging for Lizzie to come and sew and a third advising she has nothing to wear and the Mrs. Eads would like her to sew as well. A letter from her sister Saillie re vignettes that were delayed but now enroute, they hadn't heard from her since Albany--probably now in Utica p.s. Ma wants you to send your recipe for hard soap.  One letter is to Blessed Lizzie and reads "Does this overskirt look any as though I had any senses when I cut it? The remaining are sewing engagements, a note regarding the sending of a token of remembrance and finally a customer long waiting for her home address to contact her instead of sending letters to her other clients.  Most with covers.. An interesting glimpse into the life of a woman entrepreneur in the 1870s.
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"..
J.W. Orr, Engraver (NY) Blank Books Adapted to Fulton & Eastman's Book-Keeping, by Single and Double Entry - "Merchant Day Book" - Dry Goods Fabric & Sewing Supplies. Moore & Nims.Troy, NY.1848-
J.W. Orr, Engraver (NY) Blank Books Adapted to Fulton & Eastman's Book-Keeping, by Single and Double Entry - "Merchant Day Book" - Dry Goods Fabric & Sewing Supplies. Moore & Nims.Troy, NY.1848-
Price: $250.00

This copy book was provided to customers by the Manufacturers Moore & Nims. An unknown individual has used it as a ledger for their business. The ledger dates from January 3, 1848 to March 29, 1849, with all but the last few pages filled out. It is clear from the entries the author owned a dry goods store with an emphasis on  fabric store as most of the items mentioned are fabric, thread or buttons. It also includes the sales of condiments, spices and dried fruits. Each entry is dated, tells the name of the customer, what was purchased and the cost. An engraving by J. W. Orr is on the front cover. It features a heavily decorated floral and scroll border. On the front interior cover is a message "To the Pupil" which continues onto the back interior cover. The back cover features an advertisement for Franklin Globes produced by Moore & Nims. There are seven globes engraved in this advertisement. OCLC -1 (Feb 2019). However the book cataloged has 24 pgs., versus this book which as 36 pages. All the other fields match this item. Green paper covers, 36 pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4"..
Various Account Book of the Treasurer of the  Ladies Sewing Society of Congregational Church, Chester Vermont. .Chester, VT.1853 - 1883
Various Account Book of the Treasurer of the Ladies Sewing Society of Congregational Church, Chester Vermont. .Chester, VT.1853 - 1883
Price: $325.00

An accounting  for a Ladies Sewing Society associated with the Congregation Church in Chester, VT. The author of the book changes every two to three years as a new treasurer is appointed. As such, the level of detail of the accounts varies over time. The book starts in 1853 with Mrs. Asa Davis as the Treasurer and ends in 1883 with Mrs. H. L. Slack. Additionally in 1865 the society renamed itself to "Ladies Congregational Benevolent Society." The book makes note of funds received for sale of items constructed by the Sewing Society, the dues paid by different members, and items purchased with the funds such as yarn or food. At the end of the book are three pages that list an accounting of "Pew Owners" and how much they have paid towards their ownership. This list is not dated. Board covers with applied marble. 56 leaves. Measures 7 3/4 x 6 1/4.
 Cutting Made Easy by Dobbs Brothers New Adjustable French Tailor System. Dobbs Bros Publishing.Minneapolis, MN.1907
Cutting Made Easy by Dobbs Brothers New Adjustable French Tailor System. Dobbs Bros Publishing.Minneapolis, MN.1907
Price: $325.00

A complete adjustable pattern system in original envelope with 32 pp instruction booklet. The system is mathematically founded upon actual measurements and adjust perfectly to the contour of the individual, so the pattern cuts to measure..."  The French Tailor System has 6 pieces, adjustable to "perfectly fit the individual".  A system of heavy stock pattern pieces which adjust in various ways using grommeted slides.   Includes  pieces for a jacket and a dart rule square.  Envelope measures 23" x 11".   All pieces can be reduced to fit the envelope but extend both vertically and horizontally by several inches.  The booklet provides extensive instructions and illustrations.  Booklet measures 9 1/4" x 6"..
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.
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.