Tuesday’s treasures: a new exhibit

I used to do a feature I called Tuesday’s treasures.  I would volunteer at the Costume Museum on Tuesdays and I’d share something I saw.  Then, for two years I couldn’t volunteer so the feature died.  I’m back at it now so let’s see if I can resurrect this old feature.

This past Tuesday the museum was setting up a new pop up exhibit in our work space.  It is ladies undies and PJ’s through the ages.  I didn’t take photos of everything…just the stuff I’m interested in or that I worked on.

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I wasn’t too wildly excited about all that white cotton and linen but the travelling case they are displayed in is pretty awesome.

My main job was setting up the display drawers with fans, stockings and jewelry.  My work mate and I decided not to go with consistent dates in each drawer but more along the lines of color and pattern.

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The black lace drawer.

The swirl in the middle is a hair necklace and just above that is a hair brooch.

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The white drawer.

The carved fan on the bottom middle is lovely!

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This drawer is a bit of a mish mash. They would have suited other drawers but there was already to many other items in them. Lets call it the overflow drawer!

There are two chainmail purses in this drawer.  If you look at the fan in the top/middle…just to left of it is a small coin purse and just below the fan is a slightly larger one with finer links.

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This drawer featured painted fans.  I adore the bag in the middle!

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The pink and mauve drawer.

The fan on the bottom middle has a cool little metal lever in the slot. Moving the lever up and down will open and close the fan!

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The beads and feathers drawer.

The two little pins on the bottom are pictures of birds made with tiny little feathers.

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The paper drawer. The fans are mostly made of paper.

Guess which one is my favorite!

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My latest foray into the Edwardian era has me interested in these undies. I don’t need more junk in my trunk but the corset cover could be useful.

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Tuesday’s treasure: blingy Edwardian shoes

I get to do this blog post on my computer.  It isn’t working perfectly (the battery I ordered may resolve the final issue) but for now it is at least usable.  Yeah!  No more pecking away on my phone!

Last Tuesday I had another session at the Costume Museum.  This past session was focused on going through the shoes and jewelry.  I’ve been through some of the shoes a couple of years ago so if these darlings a repeat I beg your forgiveness!

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Aren’t they amazing!

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Few of my favorite things: the Warriors

My computer is still broken so you get another post done with the hunt and peck typing method on my phone.

My favorite things feature is about different things I can get up close to and study, now that I am a volunteer at Dalnavert and not a tourist. For this post, we will go into Hugh McDonald’s study.

I love these little figures. 

Most of the items in the house were not originally owned by the McDonald’s but they are appropriate to the date of the house and one could easily imagine them in a Victorian gentleman’s study.

A few of my favorite things: Dalnavert things

I started volunteering at Dalnavert last weekend.  The goal is to one day soon, start guiding guests through the house.  The secondary goal is to get up close and personal to some of the things in the house.  When touring a museum, you don’t always have the time to study individual items and often you don’t notice them…they dissolve and become part of the ambiance.  When volunteering at a museum, you see things over and over and you become more aware of them.  You can also get closer to them and study them.  A Few of My Favorite Things will become a regular feature here…I think.  We shall see.

First stop, the sewing room.

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Sweet wall paper.  Not gloomy like we often associate with Victorian homes.

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The museum is not entirely sure about the original purpose for this room.  It is two steps down from the family part of the house so it was the domain of the servants.  Because of a vent in the ceiling, which is similar to vents in the family bathrooms, it is theorized that it was the servants’ bathroom.  Visitors don’t need to see more than one bathroom so they decided to make it into a sewing room.

The first “up close and personal” item isn’t one of those small things you don’t notice.  This thing was the focal point of the sewing room.

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I think it is a night gown. It is quite pretty with tiny little pleats and lace inserts.

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As a volunteer, I got to go past the gate and check out the back of this gown.  The pleats and inserts continued in the back but there was less lace.  Also, in the back, there is evidence of shattering and conservation repairs made to the gown.

 

Button buys

It was a whirlwind weekend with lots of action that made it fly by.  On Saturday I had an orientation so that I can start volunteering officially at Dalnavert Museum later on in the month.  After that I went to a gathering for my nephews who have started a heavy metal band and were wanting to play in front of people.  Though it sounded like noise to me, I did appreciate the skill required and could see how people who like that crap music would like it.  Then there was supper at an out door café.  It was too hot for me (36 Celsius  98 Fahrenheit) and I couldn’t eat.  All I could do was pray it would be over soon.  Sunday was church, lunch at my sister-in-laws and then the kids and their significant others joined us for dinner and a games night.  Whew! busy!

It all started off on Friday night when my costuming buds and I met at the costume museum’s button sale.  As a volunteer, I was able to pre shop and I came home with quite the haul!  Shirley, Lottie and I went for coffee afterwards and ooo’d and awed over each others scores.  This is what I got…

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Three large brass buttons

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6 smaller matching buttons

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8 metal buttons

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1 Blurry close up.

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16 matching metal buttons

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Less blurry close up

A jar of bone buttons.

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A tea cup full of buttons. In this case, I was more interested in the tea cup than the buttons.

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Ooooo!

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Meh.

For the find of the day….

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A box of jet buttons.

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Very few match.

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But there is a few pairs.

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And some are close enough that from far away, they’d be fine.

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Some weren’t jet but I still liked them anyway!

Button, Button. Who’s got the button?

This past Tuesday, the volunteer session at the Costume Museum of Canada was prep work for the Trunk and Button sale that will be taking place early next month.

Some people were working selecting buttons for the scoop bins.  (Pay the price and scoop out a bunch of buttons.)  Others were sorting buttons that matched for sale as sets.  I was working assembling random pretty buttons on cards for collectors.

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This is one of mine. The card is a photo of hat pins in the museum’s collection. I sewed some pretty buttons over top of a few for a “3D” look.

One of the perks of volunteering is some pre shopping I can do.  My selection has been set aside for me to be priced and then paid for on sale day.

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My little potential hoard.  I may have to “throw some back” if the price ends up being higher than I thought.  I hope not….

If the little darlings become mine, I will share photos of my loot!

Edwardian bike riding skirt

The Costume Museum displayed several items attributed to Eaton’s department store at Dalnavert House Museum during Doors Open.  In previous posts I shared a turn of the century coat and an Edwardian skirt and jacket outfit.  This is how they looked on display.

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This post will be about a bicycle riding skirt.

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The front of the skirt has two rows of buttons, one running down each side.  The buttons on the right side of the picture (left side of the skirt) function as the closure for the skirt and as the means of holding the front panel shut when walking.

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When wanting to ride a bike, the front panel was unbuttoned from the left side of the skirt and re buttoned onto the right side, thus “revealing” the split skirt.

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There was not much “revealing” of the split because the legs were very baggy so that they hung much like a skirt.  In fact the back of the skirt looks like a…well…a skirt!

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You really have to pull the legs apart to see that they are actually “pant legs” and not a skirt.

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The skirt was paired up with a little white shirt with delicate lace.

Some very cute boots and a hat were added to complete the look.

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