This is an extraordinary and emotive item and includes the original cardboard packaging from a gentleman on active service to his sweetheart, Miss Harkess of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is intriguing that the package was marked from the Empire Studio, Valetta, Malta but the postage stamps have been stamped London, 30 July, 1918. The original cardboard envelope and address exists including blue tape which has been cut. Inside is the original wrapping tissue and when this is opened it reveals an exquisite unused set of silk Maltese lace including a large shawl-style collar, pair of cuffs and a dainty handkerchief with central silk section (these are often considered to be bridal handkerchiefs). The lace is in excellent condition for age (apart from the handkerchief that has a couple of central small holes) and they have obviously never been placed on a garment or worn. This is the type of collectable that emanates vibes of history, but it is not known the reason why, although opened, the lace pieces in the package were not used (kept as special? Broken romance? Or loss of the sender?). The cardboard package and tissue shows signs of age - it is remarkable that this has remained together. This is a wonderful item to collect for those who like pieces with provenance and mystery. Length cardboard package 7.75 ins (19.7cm) x width 5.75 ins (14.5cm). Total weight 64 grams.
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