Antique English Christening Shawl In Very Finest Wool++magnificent And Rare++ For Sale
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~Antique English Victorian Lace Christening Shawl for Baby~
This is a rare and wonderful find...a truly remarkable large Victorian lace shawl for a baby's Christening.... although I think this could make a lovely winter wedding veil as well.
This very large shawl is fashioned of very, very fine wool threads. but it is whisper light. The pattern is ornate and typically Victorian with bouquets of roses and other flowers amongst classic ornamental pattens.
The shawl is of a large size, measuring 84 inches by 87 inches
This shawl has a soft glowing pale golden antique ivory colour and it is in superb condition with only a very few holes here and there (none more than a quarter inch..and they could be repaired if desired) and a few spots of discoloration which are barely noticable. I have not attempted to clean the shawl as I feel this fine antique piece should be trusted to an professional cleaner of vintage and antique textiles.
(Please request more photos so that we may show the shawl in more detail, including the minor flaws.)
Just fabulous for carrying a baby for a formal Christening...and a magnificent family heirloom for generations to come.
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Because the itemswe sell are generally much sought after here in France and abroad, they are becoming more rare, and certainly more difficult to find.We travel far and wide inour region of France to visit flea markets, brocantes, antique shops and private sellers. We visitParis from time to time, andwe search for these rare items in other areas of France when possible. Generallyour buying costs are rising all the time as these Beautiful Handmade Vintage items become more scarce.Our travel costs to seek out new items are significant. Very importantlyforour customers, I spend a great deal of time laundering and ironing the items we sell. This always involves lots of energy (both electrical and mine!) and time, and often requires specialized laundry products which can be costly.As wellthe percentage we pay both and Paypal for listing , sale and transaction fees are significant. Finally we are a legal business here in France. We accurately report our income and pay taxes on it. For all these reasons, theprices of these vintage items may seem a bit high--but the fact is that almost all these items are rare and special by virtue of being Handmade. Many are virtual works of art, (some are actually of museum quality),having been made entirely by hand by highly skilled, but sadly nowunknown, seamstresses and embroiderers. These skilled craftswomen have all but entirely disappeared. This kind of Frenchhand work is virtually aLost Art and these items are rare. Still, in the face of the expenses involved in running our business,we doour best to keepour prices as reasonable as possible because it really is a great pleasure to package something very beautiful and very special and send it off to someone who will appreciate a lovely European Treasure From the Past.
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