I love getting fabulous new finds in the shop. Lately we’ve had some spectacular pieces come in, including the boots in the picture above. The inside is gold-leaf printed with the name Feltman & Curme. I did a little research, and the company opened in 1919. Usually they sold shoes, but there is some confusion between this and Feltman & Curme Coast to Coast, which sold lamps and some other weird stuff.
The boots are in fair condition; assuming they’re from the very earliest days of the company, they’re nearly 100 years old. They have some scuffs along the sides, but the leather is still intact and really sturdy. What’s surprising is that these are a very large size, probably a women’s size 9 or 10 by today’s standards.
This shirtwaist came along with the boots, and again, is a startlingly large size for the time. Jess over at Braden River suggested the fabric is homespun, but I suspect this was factory made cloth. It does look home-sewn, which would have been likely. The crocheted lace is exquisite–long, full, and beautifully detailed. It was attached by hand, although close inspection shows it wasn’t done very neatly. The picture above is actually the back of the blouse, and the pleating suggests this was worn with a bustled skirt. So we’re probably looking at the late 1800s on this one.
This one was a bit of a puzzler. It’s made of printed cotton, but it has a bias-cut piece added in for a train. What’s odd is that if it had a train, it should probably have pleating for a bustle. Was the bustle worn over the petticoat and under the skirt? That wasn’t the usual MO. Was it an around-the-house petticoat that went with a bustle-less skirt? Presumably it was a petticoat, since the waist is a drawstring with a side slit. The slit still shows even when the waist is drawn tight. An overskirt would have had a hook-and-eye closure or buttons, and would likely have been made out of a better quality material. So unless I find something to alter my opinion, it’s listed as a petticoat.
We also got some lovely jewelry in. The top is a sterling silver buckle/brooch that would have been used to fasten a small sash. The traditional design makes it harder to date, but I’d guess it’s anywhere from 1880-1920. The lower brooch is a brass art-nouveau styled pin with a c-clasp on the back and opal center. It’s small and dainty, very feminine. These two are just a few of the older pieces we’re now carrying in the shop. (If you want more info, call or come in!)
This week has been quiet at the shop, so I’ve been using the time to match up old buttons, size some of the dresses (see, I’m working on my New Year’s Resolution!) and doing internet research, otherwise known as window-shopping on e-bay. Hope your week is restful too!