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Beyond Exquisite Soutache Bonnet For Early Wax, Composition or Bebe Doll C. 1850
I purchased this bonnet over 30 years ago; it was one of the first Victorian items I spent a good deal of money on, and I have kept it thinking one day I would find the right doll to crown with this millinery masterpiece; but alas, that day never came and now you have the opportunity to purchase this SPECTACULAR find. If you have been watching the antique clothing market recently, perhaps you have noticed the trend in Soutache (or Soutash) pieces- items from the 1840s-60's featuring soutache have soared in price as collectors realize their incredible visual appeal and ever arching value. I have been collecting soutache for a long while, but never have I seen another bonnet like this. There is SO MUCH soutache here, the photos can't even keep track of it all. Perfect for a large baby doll from this era, or an English wax (Montanari collectors, are you hearing this?) would be the best candidates for so fine a bonnet. If you collect for the future and resale value, this bonnet is only going to go up, I know. I just sold out of my last costume piece featuring soutache yesterday, so snatch this bonnet while it's still around, these rare finds are ALWAYS gone fast.
*YES, we would be happy to do a layaway for this gorgeous bonnet; up to eight months. But that is if you can wait that long to get this incredible piece home!*
Aprox head circumference of 15-16.5"
Condition: EXCELLENT. This is a museum piece. Not one stain. The original silk lining is in PERFECT condition, the wonderful lace trimming at the front is all intact. I would be happy to send along extra images of this incredible bonnet if you are interested; it is wonderful in person! More photographs are also posted on our Instagram account, @WelcomeToTheDollHouse. Some newer collectors have asked me, "why spend so much on period appropriate clothing for your dolls?" The answer is simple, in my opinion; we spend relatively little on dressing our dolls in these fabulous antique garments compared to what we pay for them. If you collect for legacy and investment, we all know that what they are worth is directly correlated to what they wear, and this can be so key to building and curating a top collection. If your Tete Jumeau sports an all antique costume, that can raise her resale value by as much as 50% because the best collections always focus on historical accuracy and authenticity. And what better way could there be to grow your collection when you don't have $5000 for another doll? To focus on loving the ones you have with "les petites cadeaux" as my French mother would say, of course! Treat yourself, and your dollies.
**We now ship EVERY SINGLE ONE of our antique costume pieces in archival, museum quality, acid free tissue paper. We store them in an acid free, climate controlled environment, because we want you to get a textile that has been frozen in time. As curators of these antiques, we know how important it is for them to be as fresh for the next generation of students and enthusiasts as they were for us. This is factored into the price of our merchandise. We hope you can enjoy these rare finds for years to come, and we want to make sure that when they reach you, they are ready for careful love and display if you so chose, or to be stored in a destruction-free paper. Happy shopping!**
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