While getting ready for the accessories display the Costume Museum of Canada had last weekend, I amassed a pile of photographs of some of the museum pieces.  Time to use some of them up.  Hope you enjoy.

These gloves are really weird.  I don’t know the year but I do know the owner had really long skinny arms!


And finally an earring from 1885.  I couldn’t find the mate to it.  I hope we still have it and it will turn up soon.1885 earring CMC

More mitts and sweet souvenir

I was at the museum last night, sorting through some random jewelry, looking for pieces for an upcoming display.  I found some pretty sweet little numbers and I’ve taken photographs to dole out here.

Today’s piece is some sort of pendant or medal that was possibly a memento of the big event of the crowning of King Edward.  I have no idea if it was something that you “had to be there” to get or if it was something sold through out the empire for people to have and collect. img_20160322_180159747.jpg

If you take a closer look….2b (2)

The medallion says “Coronation day 26th June 1902.

Cool fact: The coronation of Edward VII and his wife took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 9 August 1902. Originally scheduled for 26 June of that year, the ceremony had been postponed at very short notice, because the King had been taken ill with an abdominal abscess that required immediate surgery.

Obviously, the medallion was made in anticipation of the scheduled coronation.

Here is the  back half.img_20160322_180104238.jpg

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Children’s Fete Glasgow is imprinted around the coat of arms.  I gather there was a party for children in Glasgow and some or all of them received on of these as a souvenir.  I Googled it to see if I could find mention of the party and what they did but all I could find was more examples of this medal on sale.  So not desperately rare.

As a random addition to this post, I finished another pair of wool mitts.  I think I will put these up for sale at my friends craft sale.  I was playing with the stripes and they just wont work for costumes and I don’t need another modern pair.img_20160321_160829904.jpg

You take my breath away.

Last night’s volunteer session yielded this beauty!


1909-12  Side view

1909-12 Side view

I had a front view as well but some how it got lost in the email from my camera to computer.

Back view.

Back view.

Do you get the idea of the size of this thing with the hands holding it?

It is made out of a stunning loose weave in the straw, lace and dried flowers.  Nearly brought me to tears.

It is made out of a stunning loose weave in the straw, lace and silk flowers. Nearly brought me to tears.  The silk flowers are an amazing color…they match the straw so they have the illusion of being dried flowers.

For those of you interested in how things work, the bigger crown hides a normal sized head size inside...kind of like a super big hat over top of a little hat.

For those of you interested in how things work, the bigger crown hides a normal sized head size inside…kind of like a super big hat over top of a little hat.  The big crown, small crown and brim are all wires covered in lace and straw a bit of silk at the top of the inner crown.

Tuesday’s Treasure: roaring 20’s

I am back to volunteering my Tuesday evenings at the Costume Museum of Canada so today you get to see the highlight from that session.  We were sorting and re-packing hats from the 1920’s and I just loved this head band!


Being the magpie that I am, I was particularly drawn to the “bling” on the head band.IMG_20160105_190454424

The blue silk is shattering but the rhinestones are still intact!  On the sides there are colorful medallions.IMG_20160105_190459763

And hanging from the medallions are 5 very long tassels.IMG_20160105_190510233

The whole thing says 20’s and art deco with a dash of tribal.  Loved it!  If I were to do a flapper kind of look I’d definitely want that head band!

I have not forsaken you

I’ve been quiet this week as I’m am wrapped up in some more self imposed deadlines as well as the start of the madness known as Christmas.  I’ve completed some projects but they will have to wait until after Christmas for posting as they will be gifts.

In the mean time, it is snowing here and it looks like it is here to stay.  With that in mind, I give you a pair of winter boots dated 1900.

In the Costume Museum of Canada's collection

In the Costume Museum of Canada’s collection

Blue velvet and white guess is rabbit.

Blue velvet and white fur…my guess is rabbit.