Augusta Auctions: Fashion and Textile Sale, May 12th

I used to dream of some day collecting enough antique clothing and textiles to fill a small museum. If a person wanted to do so, this Wednesday’s Augusta Auctions sale would be the place to go to acquire that inventory.  In case you have not heard, Augusta Auctions is having an enormous Fashion and Textile Sale in Sturbridge, Massachusetts during Brimfield Antique Week this Wednesday.

The location is the Host Hotel Ballroom, Route 20, Sturbridge, Mass.  The auction starts at 4:00, preceded by the preview from 1:00-4:00.  The auction, comprising 257 lots, is expected to end at 6:30, and be followed by a “discovery sale” (see the Augusta Auctions web site for a description of the sale of those 100+ additional lots).

This auction, geared to collectors and the trade, totals nearly 10,000 items grouped in lots, with no minimum bids, no reserves, no internet bidding, no phone bidding, and no absentee bidding.

Up for auction are garments, textiles, and accessories from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, Chrysler Museum, Columbus Museum, American Heritage Museum, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and “select private estates, including 19th C. World Tour Objects from a Main Line Philadelphia Family.”

Highlights of the sale include:

  • 100’s of Victorian & Edwardian Clothing items
  • Boxes of handmade & machine made lace
  • 19th C. Military Uniforms
  • American & European Designer clothing
  • Shawls & Clothing from the 20’s & 30’s
  • Lingerie, whites & undergarments
  • Early Oriental rugs & tapestries
  • Paisley & Export Shawls
  • 100’s of pairs of 18th – 20th C. Shoes
  • Asian & Middle Eastern garments & textiles
  • 17th -20th C silk brocades, fabrics & embroideries
  • 18th -20th C. Beaded and other bags
  • Ecclesiastical textiles & brocade

The auction catalog is now available at Augusta’s web site, plus photos of some of the lots.  For detailed information on select items, visit assistant Ginnie Beattie’s blog, Auction Fashionista.

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