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antique Victorian beaded open work vest, entirely beaded with black glass, circa 1870's, very unusual, collectible, rare find

antique Victorian beaded open work vest, entirely beaded with black glass, circa 1870's, very unusual, collectible, rare find

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: cording, black beads, black glass beads, black glass bugle beads, antique beads, victorian beads
  • Favorited by: 10 people
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I have been working with fiber for 50 years and I still can't figure out how some things are possible.

This piece from the 1800's was made by arranging cording into a patterns and stitching it together and then stitching on the glass bugle beads. it is made in two pieces and joined together. Somehow this almost makes it sound simple.

I wonder if anyone does this kind of thing anymore.

Anyway, it is Victorian and from the 1870's 80's. It was hand made. The open part goes in the front and the full side is the back. It is for a small person.
Personally, I think it should be treated as the true piece of art it is.

There is an area of wear on the left back where some bead work has gone missing. This is something that is easily remedied, but I am leaving it as is, to show the construction of the piece to better vantage. However, any day now, I may get out my stash of antique black bugle beads and restore it and adjust the price.

It measures 30 inches across the bust and 13.5 in length from the front neck to point. It is not meant to be fastened, bust measurement taken when front sides are touching.

This is an amazing find and a perfect piece for a serious collector of Victoriana, or period clothing.
It is from the Sarah Elizabeth Glover collection.

I was recently able to purchase several hundred pieces from a collection that had been a lifetime's passion for a ninety year old woman. Sarah Elizabeth Glover came to this small town from Santa Barbara California in the 70's, where she and her husband Ray, had operated a costume rental business for many years. They were also avid folk dancers and soon started a massive collection of ethnographic clothing.
Upon moving here, they opened an ethnographic museum and Sarah Elizabeth continued to collect for her already extreme collection of Victoriana, Edwardian, and authentic costumes from all countries. Her folk dancing colleagues were happy to support her in her pursuit of the unusual as they traveled to different countries.
As the passionate collector and operator of a museum, Sarah Elizabeth was fastidious in her care for the items, cycling the items on display regularly with others stored carefully, to prevent hangar fatigue and environmental damage. As a costume designer and expert seamstress, she would mend the mendable and embrace the beauty of antique wear.
Even when her 22 room Victorian home was stuffed to the gills, she didn't quit, and her encyclopedic memory and wealth of knowledge never failed her until her death at age 92.
I will be presenting items from this collection slowly but surely. I am selling these pieces as collectible art, not necessarily something to be worn. The beauty of the workmanship, and the hours of skilled labor, is and of itself of incredible value. In a world of the mass produced and disposable, these items will never be created again except at great expense by a handful of highly skilled and well trained costumers.

What goes around, comes around
Love of beauty and quality is happiness

Shipping is standard mail which is not so slow in North America but snail pace everywhere else. If you need faster, please advise and I will adjust the cost. Combined shipping is always available, usually the second item ships free depending on size and weight.
Please feel free to ask any questions.

refunds are only given if the item has been seriously misrepresented.
shipping costs paid by customer.
I have been working with fiber for 50 years and I still can't figure out how some things are possible.

This piece from the 1800's was made by arranging cording into a patterns and stitching it together and then stitching on the glass bugle beads. it is made in two pieces and joined together. Somehow this almost makes it sound simple.

I wonder if anyone does this kind of thing anymore.

Anyway, it is Victorian and from the 1870's 80's. It was hand made. The open part goes in the front and the full side is the back. It is for a small person.
Personally, I think it should be treated as the true piece of art it is.

There is an area of wear on the left back where some bead work has gone missing. This is something that is easily remedied, but I am leaving it as is, to show the construction of the piece to better vantage. However, any day now, I may get out my stash of antique black bugle beads and restore it and adjust the price.

It measures 30 inches across the bust and 13.5 in length from the front neck to point. It is not meant to be fastened, bust measurement taken when front sides are touching.

This is an amazing find and a perfect piece for a serious collector of Victoriana, or period clothing.
It is from the Sarah Elizabeth Glover collection.

I was recently able to purchase several hundred pieces from a collection that had been a lifetime's passion for a ninety year old woman. Sarah Elizabeth Glover came to this small town from Santa Barbara California in the 70's, where she and her husband Ray, had operated a costume rental business for many years. They were also avid folk dancers and soon started a massive collection of ethnographic clothing.
Upon moving here, they opened an ethnographic museum and Sarah Elizabeth continued to collect for her already extreme collection of Victoriana, Edwardian, and authentic costumes from all countries. Her folk dancing colleagues were happy to support her in her pursuit of the unusual as they traveled to different countries.
As the passionate collector and operator of a museum, Sarah Elizabeth was fastidious in her care for the items, cycling the items on display regularly with others stored carefully, to prevent hangar fatigue and environmental damage. As a costume designer and expert seamstress, she would mend the mendable and embrace the beauty of antique wear.
Even when her 22 room Victorian home was stuffed to the gills, she didn't quit, and her encyclopedic memory and wealth of knowledge never failed her until her death at age 92.
I will be presenting items from this collection slowly but surely. I am selling these pieces as collectible art, not necessarily something to be worn. The beauty of the workmanship, and the hours of skilled labor, is and of itself of incredible value. In a world of the mass produced and disposable, these items will never be created again except at great expense by a handful of highly skilled and well trained costumers.

What goes around, comes around
Love of beauty and quality is happiness

Shipping is standard mail which is not so slow in North America but snail pace everywhere else. If you need faster, please advise and I will adjust the cost. Combined shipping is always available, usually the second item ships free depending on size and weight.
Please feel free to ask any questions.

refunds are only given if the item has been seriously misrepresented.
shipping costs paid by customer.

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