1860 - 1970
Bonnet - Blue-black silk velvet and Venetian pink satin. Fully lined with black tafetta. Stiffened black net with wired edge. Trimmings of loop and tail velvet over crown. Brim and forehead band trimmed with pink cotton rose, rosebuds and russet leaves. Cream machine lace forehead band. Fastenings of long wide ties of dawn pink ribbed silk with black velvet ribbon stripe. To tie under chin. (Probably altered). (female)
Charles Paget Wade, Snowshill Manor
Any British History people want to take a crack at this one? Sunday I went to the The Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban with my dad. I found this fresco in the corner of the room containing the Holy Shrine of St. Alban and went to find one of the tour guides to explain this to me. (I found him talking with my DAD in front of Thomas de la Mare’s brass in the North Ambulatory talking about World War 2 of all things!!!!)
After dragging him away he explained that this is the only medieval fresco to survive the destruction of the Protestant Reformation. It was boxed in some time before so it survived the eradication every other church artwork faced. It was re-discovered in the Victorian era when restoration was going on in the church. “The entire wall had remnants from the fresco left which proved that the inside of churches were bright and decorative.” (I literally typed up everything he said onto my iphone so I could look it up later)
The date on this piece was something around 1390. If that’s true then I wonder what’s going on with the Red roses decorating the bottom of the wall?
At first I thought they were Tudor Roses but if this is from 1390 then Richard II is the current King and a member of the House of Plantagenet (but if you remember your history then the House of York is a branch to the Royal House and their badge is the White Rose!)
Henry IV became king after Richard and was a member of the House of Lancaster whose badge during the War of the Roses was the Red Rose. Hence the red rose? Anyone want to help me figure that out?
$725 dollars later this beauty could be yours. (Please see the etsy link for details.)
“This rare antique french dress comes from a smoke-free house. This garment is in excellent condition with no stains, rips, holes or dry-rot. Closes with side metal-hooks. Only sign of age is some faint color-varation to the pink-silk. This item is over 90 years old and is truly priceless! Very Rare!”