SALE! 15% OFF! Offered are four outstanding Victorian era cabinet cards of three lovely women. We enjoy perusing old photographs in part because we like to imagine the full lives of the subjects. Another reason is because these offer glimpses into the dress and jewelry of the past. These four examples meet us on both planes. Two of the views are of the same woman. She is really quite elegant. We see only her bust view, but she is dressed in classic fashion for the time--high collar and mutton sleeves, tight bodice. She wears pierced earrings, a double row bar pin possibly of pearls and a long opera length necklace. Her hair is arranged atop her head and held by a tall hair pin that appears topped with a lozenge shaped glass bead. The black color of the dress leads us to think this may be a mourning outfit. These two views are marked in pencil on the back with "January 4th 1894." The photographer was Brown Photography of Sterling Illinois on 10 East Third Street. The next photo shows young woman, also dressed in black. She has curled fringed bangs, but the rest of her hair is swept up at the back. She wears a black, form fitting "waist" (top). And, we believe she is wearing the same bar pin as the first lady. Yet, her photo was taken at Thomson's in Kansas City MO. Hmm--this is where imagining a life comes in. The last example a woman in profile with semi-bust. Her black dress is topped with a large bow. She also wears earrings. She was photographed at Baumgardner's in the King Building in Springfield on So. Market Street (Illinois or Missouri?) All the cabinet cards in a good 100 year old shape--no tears, no holes, no foxing. They measure 4 1/4 x 6 1/2". Original listing price $16. Item 3008a Lot 3/1/8
Collectibles with a vintage sensibility; specialty in ladies hats and fashion accessories.
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