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

Bite me

On my last volunteer session at the Canadian Costume Museum of Canada I saw this Edwardian hat that caught my eye.

I don't recall the exact date on this but I think it is early 1900's.

I don’t recall the exact date on this but I think it is early 1900’s.

It is a mixture of velvet lace and fur.  Obviously, a winter hat.  

It is a mixture of velvet lace and fur.  Obviously, a winter hat.

The lace is quite lovely don't you think.

The lace is quite lovely don’t you think.

They have done this odd thing with the fur-wired it so that clumps of it stand up (left side of the photo).

They have done this odd thing with the fur-wired it so that clumps of it stand up (left side of the photo).

But that isn’t the oddest thing.IMG_20160119_190752264

I’m not 100% sure what the front of the hat is.  I think it is the first photograph in this post.  That would put the above vicious face right near the wearers left eye.  Imagine having that in you peripheral vision!

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.

Edwardian Casual

Here is a photo that is likely Edwardian.  And as it isn’t mounted and the background is not a studio, I’m wondering if this is not an amateur photographers work.SAM_3066

The woman on the left is in an apron that makes me think she is puttering around the house.  And yet she looks so stylish. She has great Gibson Girl hair and her shirtwaist is perfect! The other woman seems younger to me-perhaps it is the shorter hem line.

In my mind I have created a story.  The older sister has headed off to the big city and has become very stylish while there.  She comes home to visit and while home, she dons her old apron to help her sister around the house.  Dad pulls out his new camera and asks his girls to head outside so he can capture the visit.

Tuesday’s treasure: brand new old shoes

The Costume Museum of Canada has many shoes that were never actually worn.  Some came from a shoe store that donated shoes to the collection.  I don’t know if these shoes came from the store or not but I do know they were never worn and are in mint condition.  1910 shoe CMC b

Little cracking from some time spent improperly packed but otherwise in great condition.1910 shoe CMC cI was in love with the buckle.1910 shoe CMC aBut others loved the cut out portions on the side.  Lovely shoes!

1910 Lace gown

I give you a quicky post of a Costume Museum of Canada dress dated 1910.  I think these photos are a couple of years old…I just hadn’t gotten around to posting them.

I am dressing the mannequin but I dont remember what the e vent was.

I am dressing the mannequin but I don’t remember what the event was.

Dressed but I wish we had some sort of corset cover and petticoat for it.

Dressed, but I wish we had some sort of corset cover and petticoat for it.

Inserts galore.  If I were to make an Edwardian dress, this is the direction I would go.

Inserts galore. If I were to make an Edwardian dress, this is the direction I would go.

Just a quick note.

I’m getting ready for my vacation, working and trying to keep up with the rest of my life so tonight it is just going to be a quick one so that you don’t wander off and find someone new to follow 😉

I just want to share another of my flea market finds.  It is a postcard with no names, post dates or addresses on it so all I have to go on is the clothing the people are wearing.

Don't these two look like honeymooners....

I decided to buy this card because I loved the hat!  Her outfit is definitely Edwardian which is not my favorite but I do love the hat.  Till tomorrow gang.