26th May, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Costume, Accessories & Textiles

  Lot 2040


Circa 1950s Suits and Cocktail Dresses, comprising a Peggy Allen by Jean Allen cream crepe and lace two piece with a sleeveless shift dress with button fastening to the reverse and matching jacket,
Peggy French Couture pink lace mounted short sleeve shift dress with scooped neck and matching jacket,
Heiress pale blue/lavendar lace mounted short sleeve shift dress with pleated silk cummerband and matching jacket,
a Melody Dress Toronto pale pink/cream lace mounted sleeveless dress,
Max Finberg Model pale peach lace mounted sleeveless faux wrap dress,
black lace mounted sleeveless cocktail dress with black taffeta skirt appliquéd with lace and sequin motifs,
yellow silk chiffon single shoulder cocktail dress with leaf appliqués to the bodice,
Dalys of Glasgow olive green chiffon style mounted sleeveless cocktail dress with multi pleated v-shaped bodice,
Jean Allen navy blue grosgrain capped sleeve dress with stylised neckline and flared skirt,
blue silk dress with three quarter length sleeves, buttons to the front, small collar, stitched flowerheads to the bust, pleated skirt,
Benson of Glasgow blue floral short sleeve shift dress with pale blue chiffon trim,
black crepe capped sleeve shift dress with scalloped neckline and appliquéd with beads,

Sold for £150
Estimated at £150 - £250


Peggy Allen suit - 40" bust, 32" waist, some slight discolouration to the waistband, loose thread to the reverse, slight wear.
Peggy French suit - 34" bust, 30" waist, slight discolouration to the collar and top of shoulders of ht ejacket, slight wear to thelace overall.
Heiress suit - 36" bust, 34" waist, slight discolouration to the silk cummerband, and buttons, slight wear overall, slight fading to the shoulders.
Melody lace dress - 36" bust, 30" waist, slight wear.
Max Finberg pale peach lace dress - 34" bust, 32" waist, some wear to the lace around the armhole and slight staining in a couple of places.
Black lace and taffeta dress - 38" bust, 34" bust, sequin losses and possibly some appliques missing to the skirt, some wear.
Yellow single shoulder dress - 36" bust, 32" waist, some slight discolouration, hem loose.
Dalys of Glasgow dress - belt missing, couple of tiny threads pulls and slight wear, fading to the shoulders, 34" bust, 26" waist.
Jean Allen dress - 32" bust, 26" waist, slight wear, small split to the top of the zip area under the arm.
Blue silk dress - one button missing, 38" bust, 30" waist, button missing to the bodice, possibly had a cummerband originally.
Benson floral dress - 36" bust, 32" waist, chiffon trims later applied, slight wear.
Black crepe dress - 38" bust, 32" waist, some bead loss,


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Auction: Costume, Accessories & Textiles, 26th May, 2023

Highlights include quilts from Cumbria, a private collection of late 19th and early 20th century quilts from Great Britain, the United States and Canada, and a good selection of dolls. Amongst the luxury designer goods is a selection of Louis Vuitton luggage, a collection of 1990s designer outfits, a variety of 20th century costume, and modern perfumes.


Tuesday 23 May - Wednesday 24 May 10am-4pm, Thursday 25 May 10am-5pm and the morning of the sale from 8am

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