Two large vintage cushion covers, hand embroidered on a close weave buff coloured linen.
A Dutch girl in a tulip field with a little bird above her on a tree branch.
Love her floaty pinny and red clogs....
The cover measures 18ins across by 22ins length.
I'm calling this the "Cinderella" cushion cover.....the dashing Prince in his uniform and the young lady blushingly accepting his bouquet of flowers. They are standing on a rose covered floor in a grand house complete with chandelier and potted fern.
Not quite Mr Darcy, but still romantic in a chocolate box way...
The cover measures 20ins across by 22ins length.
( I popped a feather cushion pad into the Dutch girl cover to give you an idea of how much better they look with a bit of stuffing )
The Dutch girl cover is £12 .... P & P £2 ( UK )
The Cinderella cover is £15......P &P £2 ( UK )
Of course, they would also make lovely framed pictures if you didn't want to keep them as cushions.
Also For Sale is this long woolwork, hand embroidery done on a larger weave linen cloth........most probably a table runner and unbacked.
Measuring 69ins across by 17ins deep.
Two original 18th century copper engravings purchased at the Fair in Kendal yesterday.....portraits of 17th century gentlemen, resplendant in their curly hair wigs.
George Saville.....Marquis of Halifax ( 1633-1695 ) Statesman, Writer and Politician whose famous quote....
" Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught"
George Hamilton....Earl of Orkney ( 1666-1737 ) British Soldier and Nobleman who attained the promotion of Field Marshall in 1736 a year before he died.
This was the first title of Field Marshall to be handed out in the British Army and was awarded to this gentleman way before that famous Field Marshall Montgomery in World War 2.
A slightly battered hatbox containing.......
A top hat with velvet pads either side for keeping it in tip top condition.
Made in Piccadilly, London by Woodrow for a gentleman's outfitter in the North of England.
The sweetest cotton bonnet with drawstring tape to pull and secure onto its owners head......reminds me of dippy Minnie from Larkrise to Candleford!
A 19th century butter box mould with a hand carved base comprising a geometric pattern with a simple heart.
This would produce a pattern on the top of the butter when the mould was inverted and the sides released.
Even the little pegs are intact.
The cutest little child's basket measuring 9ins from the top of the handle to the base....
And finally some lovely, handmade gypsy clothes pegs.....
Known as "gypsy clothes pegs" because it was the travelling gypsies who made and sold them in villages and towns throughout Britain.
Each peg was made from a piece of wood..... split lengthways and held together with nailed-on strips of tin.
I wonder how many sheets and clothes these pegs have seen?
Far nicer than my blue plastic clip ones....I think I might try them tomorrow on my washing line, as it looks like good drying weather is on the cards for the next few days.
I do love washing dried on the line and it certainly looks far more appealing than draped on radiators.....
Can you imagine having a linen cupboard big enough to hold all your bedlinen, quilts, eiderdowns, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins etc AND have shelves deep enough to take these gorgeous shelf edge embroideries....( 13ins deep x 56ins wide! )
The Beauty of the house is.......
Contentment and Order.....
As much as I try these days, the idea of this last one is a constant battle....too much "stuff" needing sewing, painting, washing and ironing....I think it breeds overnight!
This fabulous natural linen bedspread, beautifully embroidered with flowers and swallows would not look amiss folded on a shelf in this Country House Linen Cupboard with shelf edging....
Satin stitch and cutwork flowers....
Even the reverse is beautifully done.....
A sign of great workmanship from someone with infinite patience and plenty of time.
Child of the 60's and proud mother of two, one in London, one in Paris.... Would love a powder blue AGA and a chocolate labrador. Trained as a nurse in the 80's, but now the owner of The Cloth Shed... living in beautiful Northumberland.