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1920s & 1930s Fashion
Welcome to the world of the 1920s and 30s, with beaded gowns, flapper dresses, cloches and the both the Depression glamour of bias cut 1930s evening dresses to the preview of shoulder pads on the eve of war.

1920s Gold and Chocolate Felt Vintage Hat with Stunning Ostrich Plumes

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1920s Gold and Chocolate Felt Vintage Hat with Stunning Ostrich Plumes

This gorgeous hat dates from the very late Teens, say, 1918, to the early 1920s. It’s a sturdy, stiff golden orange felt with a deep crown and a chocolate brown fur felt brim with matching band. The plumes are ostrich, dyed to match the felt, and set on wires loops. The lining is matching silk satin.

Label: None

Size: Crown: 23” Brim overall: 15.5” X 14”

Condition: Excellent. No stains, holes or signs of wear except for miniscule moth divots. This hat appears unworn. This lining is silk with a piped oval tip, and is set in correctly for the period.

Price: $145
1920s Large Black Assuit Vintage Shawl Stole

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1920s Large Black Assuit Vintage Shawl Stole

This 1920s Assuit shawl from a Cincinnati estate is black net with a dense pattern of the brass twists. This is the heaviest one of these stoles we have yet offered. The pattern is quite complex with very little open space. In the close-up shots, we show it folded in half - I couldn’t get a good shot full length, there’s just not enough space! Sadly, the condition is not everything one would wish, hence the price, but it’s a wonderful shawl, nonetheless.

Label: none

Size:Length: 89” Width: 33.5”

Condition: Fair. There are tarnished spots that are darker than the rest of the brass, plus areas with verdigris on the brass as shown. Plus there is one area with verdigris that had breaks in it. We have tacked this with black netting and tacked down the loose bits. In the close-ups, this is the photo at the upper left corner. There are also a few very small breaks to the net.

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1920s Pale Gold Cotton Gauze Vintage Dress with Hand Embroidery

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1920s Pale Gold Cotton Gauze Vintage Dress with Hand Embroidery SZ S/M

This sweet early 1920s dress is a very pale gold cotton gauze with hand sewn deep golden brown floss embroidery. The motifs match front and back. The dress is a straight cut, with no closures, cut in one sleeves, and side gathers at the low waistline. The sleeve hems and neckline are finished with French knots that hold down the binding. The taupe slip came with the dress and is a well done reproduction with lace appliqués. We will include it with the dress.

Label: none

Size: Dress: Bust: 37”, Low Waist: 38", Shoulders: 15”, CB Neck to Low Waist: 18", Neck to Hem: 45", Hem Sweep: 66”
Slip: Bust 34”, Low Waist: 36”, Shoulder to hem 43”, Hem Sweep: 50”

Condition: Freshly laundered. There are no holes, the only flaws being some wear at the edge of the neckline and a scattering of small grey spots (total 15) on the skirt front as shown.

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1920s Style Gold, Black and White Print Cotton Dress SZ M/L

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1920s Style Gold, Black and White Print Cotton Dress SZ M/L

First off - I believe this is a very good reproduction of an early 1920s dress with some age to it. The fabric may even be of the period. But what finally made me come down on repro versus real was the underlining of the collar feels like it has some nylon in it, and the interior edges of the pockets are serged, and they would have been raw cut it the 1910s. That said, it’s a great dress in a fun print and color range and very wearable. The bodice is soft, with a slightly dropped waist, snap closures at the front placket, period mother of pearl buttons, and ivory collar, cuffs and pocket bands with black rickrack rack trim and edge bindings. The dress drops on, with the fit provided by the attached sash.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 41”, Waist: 34”, Hips: 48", Shoulders: 16”, Sleeves: 18”, CB Neck to Low Waist: 19", Neck to Hem: 47.5", Hem Sweep: 64

Condition: The colors are bright and clear. There are no spots or stains. There is a discreet mend as the base of the V placket as shown, and one mended L shape tear on the back of the skirt, 6“ above the hem. Both are mitigated by the busyness of the print.

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1930s Vintage Shoes Cream Silk Satin D’Orsay T-Strap Evening Pumps SZ 7.5

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1930s Vintage Shoes Cream Silk Satin D’Orsay T-Strap Evening Pumps SZ 7.5

I am a sucker for pretty evening shoes, especially if they are in a wearable size! These 1930s cream silk satin pumps have the T-straps configuration of the 30s, with a pleated vamp and rounded crossover toe detail. Silver buckles close the ankle straps. Rollman’s was an old Cincinnati Department from 1867 - 1960, when they were bought by Allied.

Label: Rollman’s Cincinnati

Size: Labeled a 7.5 AA. Width” 3”, Length: 9.75”, Heel: 2.5”.

Condition: Sturdy, but with soiling on the sides and toes, this can be seen in the photos.The soles show wear as shown.

Price: $35
1930s Vintage Bold Floral Cotton Beach Pajamas in Red, Blue Yellow & Green SZ M/L

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1930s Vintage Bold Floral Cotton Beach Pajamas in Red, Blue Yellow & Green SZ M/L

This is a wonderful print! These 1930s beach pajamas are a cotton print with huge abstract flowers in blue, gold, white and green on a red ground. This has a wrap bodice with long sashes that can tie front or back, an asymmetrical neckline with deep revere collar on the right side and wide legged pants. The left front just wraps underneath. The only closure is the sash. There I no waist seam, the pants are set on with a deep V seam at the hips level.
This is most likely hone sewn.
Label: none

Size: Bust: up to 42”, Waist: up to 40”, Hips: 48", CB Neck to Waist: approx. 17“, Neck to Hem: 54”, Hem sweep of each pants leg: 60”, Outseam: approx. 39”.

Condition: Freshly laundered. The colors are slightly faded over time. The red is not quite a vibrant as the camera indicates. There are 2 mends on the legs, and three backed¼” holes on the shoulders as shown.

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1930s Chocolate Brown Wool Vintage Cape

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1930s Chocolate Brown Wool Vintage Cape

I have debated on the date of this cape. Could be 1910s, could be 1930s. It’s so classic, it’s hard to say. But the satin lining makes me lean to the 30s. The cape is a heavy weight Melton wool. With fold over collar and button tab. There are two arm vents. The lining is a bright brown satin with hands stitching at the vents and a pocket on the edge. A neat cape, and very wearable. Might be a good Steam punk impression?

Label: none

Size: CF Neck to Hem: 33”, Shoulders” approx 15”, CB Neck to Hem: 36” Hem Sweep: 136”

Condition: excellent. No moth holes or stains

Price: $65
Vintage 1930s Child’s or Girl’s Printed Silk Dress with Cats

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Vintage 1930s Child’s or Girl’s Printed Silk Dress with Cats

I don’t usually handle children’s clothing, but this print made me take it hoe! Royal blue cats with aqua stripes and orange eye with aqua mice - squee! This is a really lovely girl’s dress from the 1930s. It’s silk throughout with mother of pearl decorative buttons an cream collar and cuffs. These are finished with blue blanket stitch and small French knot in aqua. The front and back are gathered onto a shoulder yoke. Snap closures at the neck. There are loops under the collar that would control a ribbon tie if you wished to add one.

Label: Esmeralda 1306 Walnut St. Philadelphia

Size: Bust: 40",Shoulders: 11.5", Sleeves: 6", CB Neck to Hem: 26", Hem Sweep: 54"

Condition: Excellent with only a slight spot a shown on the collar.

Price: $58
1920s Vintage Black Beaded Net Tabard with Jet Cabochons and Fringe SZ M

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1920s Vintage Black Beaded Net Tabard with Jet Cabochons and Fringe SZ M

One of my recent happy finds. This mid 1920s black silk net tabard has open sides that are held together with large jet cabochons and two lower beaded straps at the hips. The jet cabochons are set on straps that also have wonderful, long beaded fringes with a chevron pattern. The bodice has large floral motifs with leaves in bugle beads and an allover linear background pattern that extends down to a deep border of flowers. A stunning garment. Is it wearable? Hard to say. The netting is fragile. It can be displayed. Possible worn with great care.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36", Low Waist: 31", Hips: 40", Shoulders: 15", CB Neck to Hem: 22"

Condition: No stains. The shoulders have been reinforced with black lace (old work). There were losses at the shoulders and at the stress points at the hips were the cabochons straps are and these have been filled in with black cotton netting. We show close-ups of all these areas.

Price: $636
1920s Mint Green Silk Canton Embroidered with Roses

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1920s Mint Green Silk Canton Embroidered with Roses

Another one of our Ohio estate finds, this is a as pretty a color we have ever seen on one of these 1920s Canton or piano shawls. I can furnish the provenance to the purchaser. This mint green is a great color, with light and dark pink roses, blue flowers and green stems and leaves. The fringe is long, but simple.

Label: none

Size:50“ square, not including the 18.5” fringe

Condition: Excellent, with just one water ring as shown and a scattering of small brown spots as shown. No holes, all the fringe is present.

Price: $195
1930s Bold Floral Print Crepe Vintage Dress with Bolero

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1930s Bold Floral Print Crepe Vintage Dress with Bolero SZ M

This boldly printed rayon crepe dress has a black background with royal blue, purple, red, white and green flowers. The bodice has a square neckline with a deep V back, where is closes with covered buttons and rouleau loops. The inset above the buttons closes with snaps. The elbow length sleeves have shoulder fullness with faux ties and sleeve headers for that late 30s line. The skirt has an empire line in the front and drops to the waist at the center back. The sleeveless bolero matches, and has an open front with curved edges.

Label: bolero has remains of a manufacturers Lot tag

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 32", Hips: 46", Shoulders: 16.5", Shoulder to Waist: 16", Shoulder to Hem: Front 54" Back : 57", Hem Sweep: 104"
Bolero: Bust 38", CB Neck to Hem: 15.75"

Condition: Excellent, no stains or holes.

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1930s Cream Cotton Eastern European Peasant Blouse with Blue Embroidery

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1930s Cream Cotton Eastern European Peasant Blouse with Blue Embroidery SZ S

The 1920s and 1930s saw a real vogue for Eastern European folk influenced garments. The craftsmanship on these pieces is always amazing. I think great blouse may be Hungarian. It’s all hand sewn in cream cotton with smocking and embroidery in blue and a dark bronze floss. The arm bands are pulled work. The neckline closes with snaps and there is a side closure as well. We show this with the closures on the right side rather than left as that places the embroidery band on the front. It works either way though. The long sleeves have smocked cuffs and the waist has a band of smocking as well.

Label: none

Size: Bust: full, Waist: 25", Shoulders: approx 14” - 15”, Sleeves: 26",
CB Neck to Waist: 16" - 17"

Condition: Excellent, with one very faint spot on the cuff. No holes.Some of the dark smocking thread were broken and have been restitched.

Price: $125
1920s Silk Black Velvet and Lace Dress with Ermine Trim

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1920s Silk Black Velvet and Lace Dress with Ermine Trim SZ L

This early 1920s evening dress has a great shape for the period, with a deep armholes and wide kimono sleeves. This could look boxy, but as the sides and upper sleeves are sheer lace, the body line shows quite well. The dress is black silk velvet with a light silk lace with medallion pattern and ermine trim at the bateau neckline. There is a black satin ribbon sash, with a square rosette of ribbon loops and ermine tails with long streamers at the left side front. The dress is unlined, so undergarments will show!

Label: None

Size: Bust: approx. 40", Low Waist: 40", Hips: approx. 54", Shoulders: approx. 15.5", Sleeves: 20", Shoulder to Low Waist: 19", Shoulder to Hem: 48", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: No spots, holes or stains. The lace at the top of the sleeve cap has been backed with black net and there are several small, discreet mends there.

Price: $210
1920s Vintage Black Silk Satin Dress with Blue Wool Trim, Beading and Lace SZ L

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1920s Vintage Black Silk Satin Dress with Blue Wool Trim, Beading & Lace SZ L

I find this a fascinating combination of the later 18th C. and the 1920s.This nice sized c. 1924-5 silk satin dress has wonderful 18th C inspired ribbon ruching or robings curving along the side fronts and sleeves. The neckline also shows the 18th C. influence, as do the elbow length sleeves with lace frill and the curved and gathered side panels of the skirt. These bring to my mind panniers.The collar has a wired stand at the back, popular in the 1910s, and the square front neckline is finished with a cream lace. The front panel is blue wool with an inset of cream chiffon tucks down the center, outlined with bright yarn embroidery and beads. The dress opens at the side front and there is a cream silk under bodice with petersham waistband as is often seen in early 1920s construction.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 38", Waist: Interior bodice: 28", exterior Dress 40", High Hip: 42", Shoulders: 14", Sleeves: 13.5", CB Neck to Waist: 17", CB Neck to Hem: 47", Hem Sweep: 112"

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $275

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