The Gilded Griffin

Julia Henri, Ann Arbor, MI

Julia Henri is Owner, Journalist and Appraiser with Member Designation, International Society of Appraisers

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2010

The Gilded Griffin is proud to offer authentic items from important private collections & estates.

About The Gilded Griffin

Our Service Pledge
If you are new to The Gilded Griffin, please take a moment longer to scroll on down through the genuine testimonials below. Although a few of the testimonials are older notes from now very dear long-term clients, the other 85% are updated at least once per month.

The Gilded Griffin proudly only sells items that are in exquisite condition. All items are carefully researched and documented. Many items are cleaned by a trained museum textile conservator. If an item has been cleaned, this is noted in the description.

All items are always authentic. Reproductions of any kind are not sold here. We are always happy to assist you, so please let us know if you have questions or if we can offer suggestions.
About Us
For confidence in buying, please read the genuine customer testimonials below. Below that, you'll find more information about the work being done at The Gilded Griffin and also learn more about the shop's owner Julia Henri, ISA, Appraiser: Member, International Society of Appraisers.

***Please note: All original descriptive text and original photographs are registered, copyright JHenri 2010 through 2016. Thank you.

Dear Julia, The package arrived safely. A beautiful dress that makes a nice addition to our collection. We're very happy with it. Thank you for your mails and the pictures. It's in a good home now...and will be cherished. Best regards.

Kenneth, Executive Director
The Modemuseum Hasselt (Fashion Museum)
Hasselt, Belgium
"Package received yesterday. Well pleased with my purchase. Thank you for your kind note. I will treasure my "new" (WWI) helmet and will keep an eye on your site. Thanks again."

Westminster, Maryland
I have received your package today !!! First of all you have a beautiful handwriting so elegant whow !! Second: Your card and envelope are very professional...the kit bag with acid free paper so made me imagine the precious thing inside :)) Third......!!!! the bracelet is simply fabulous pristine condition alive with all that sparkling I'm so happy to have purchased it since it is beautiful like a real jewel !!!! I will take great care of it I want it to survive the next 100 years :)

Senigallia, Italy
Hi Julia,
The hats arrived in lovely condition. Thank you! Everything I purchase from you is just wonderful. I always appreciate the care and effort you take in packing these beautiful treasures so that they arrive safely. I will keep my eye out for more beautiful hats in your shop! Kindest regards.

Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area, Illinois
"Dear Julia, The trousers arrived a few day ago ...Thank-you very much! Also thanks for the fine wrapping and for emailing the information. It always makes an item so much more interesting when you know something about the original owner. Best regards and greetings from Vancouver."

Curator & Lecturer
Vancouver, British Columbia
"Dear Julia, The package---created with the utmost care, as you promised---with the drawing and photo has arrived. The items are both very sweet (as was your hand-written note). And the sizing couldn't be better for matting them together in one frame. Many thanks for your counsel and fantastic customer service."

"I am writing to thank you again for your generous assistance documenting a Cécile Marguerite Western Reserve Historical Society....Visitors have responded with such enthusiasm that the show (at Chisholm Halle Costume Wing) is being extended.... Thank you for contributing to its success."

Guest Curator
Chicago, Illinois
"...I received the gloves and they are wonderful. I greatly appreciate the information about them, which adds to our accession records. I look forward to visiting your site again."

Costume Collection in Wheaton College's Special Collections
Norton, Massachusetts
"Dear Julia! I have to write you to tell that my (vintage) kimono arrived this weekend. I am so pleased!!! it is wonderful. You had packed it so nicely, it was a joy to unwrap:-) And you have a beautiful handwriting, I wish I could write as beautiful as you do! I have it hanging in my bedroom so I can look at it now and then (not in direct sunlight though). I am very happy to have bought this, and I will look in to your shop now and then to keep an eye on your listings. Thanks a lot and Warmest well wishes from Sweden!"

Boras, Sweden
I just received the three antelopes , thanks to you. It is evident from the care you toke, that you love them, as well as this work. And that makes it precious to me and to three of my grandchildren, who will be presented with it and with your care, including your WWII information. Thanks so much again.

H.J. Spruijt
"My name is Robert Skidmore I trained in costume design at Wimbledon School of Art in London and work in many aspects of wardrobe for film and television in the UK. I am an avid collector of historic costumes from the 1900's through to the 1950's and own a vintage clothing shop called Berties, based in Shropshire in the UK. I have bought many Items from Julia at The Gilded Griffin which have all been completely authentic as described and in superb condition, much better than anything I have discovered in the United Kingdom. I have no hesitation in recommending her products and her wonderful service.”

Robert Skidmore.
BA Hons costume design
Berties Vintage, Shropshire England
"Dear Julia.
I received the parcel. Thank you very much for the wonderful glasses. And I received the Money Refunded (for overpayment). Thank you. Sincerely yours,"

St. Petersburg, Russia
"Hi Julia. I have just arrived home from work to find my beautiful, gorgeous cashmere sweater. I have it on now. I just adore it. Thank you for packing it so beautifully and for your lovely letter enclosed. I shall treasure it forever and I will certainly wear it. Thanks and I'll be buying from you again, I just love vintage items. Warmest regard."

Victoria Australia
"I am speechless. This is STUNNING! And such a sweet card. I received the stole today. I am in tears. It is beautiful.
Thank you sosososo much."

Montrose, British Columbia
"Dear Julia - Please note that an amazing package arrived to day😮 What a treasure inside the nicely packed box? Just stunning 😊. I am so overvelmed. I am so anxious to learn what you think of the picture enclosed (of the silk damask coverlet). And another question : How do you manage to write so beautifully? Thank you for letting me buy this piece of history. It surely is hand made. I will keep following your shop on RL for the future. You are one of the best ever. Good luck with your work. Best wishes."

NIttedal, Norway
"I received the beautiful fur scarf and suit. No one, and I mean no one packs as beautifully as you do with such attention to detail. THANK YOU!"

Ottawa Ontario
"Hello Julia - your package was on my doorstep this morning and the locket is really lovely. Thank you for pursuing this and the great customer service - I'll be back :) Best regards!"

Tauranga, New Zealand
"I received 1920s flapper's hat as well as the fine antique bonnet right on time and as I expected. Each were wrapped beautifully and shipped like works of fine art. It is unusual to find such care in packaging in my experience from online buying over the years.

I also will say that the cloche was outstanding. It was indeed exactly as you described it down to the tiny problem with the lining and the sizing was also exactly right, so when I copy this for my theatrical costumes, it will all go just fine.

I will return as your customer Julia and until then I'll enjoy reading your well researched descriptions. Looking forward to your upcoming publications and the book! Please keep me informed when it comes out because I'll be first in line to buy one!"

Seattle, Washington
"It arrived today!! I want to tell you beautiful and sweet it is. More so that I even imagined now that it is in my hands and on my head! It is as though I might have worn it in another life and just now it has returned to me!! It fits perfectly and is the only hat that has ever looked good on me. I will wear it, treasure it, and is a family heirloom as of now.

Please know it will be worn lovingly all through the summer and also travel with me to Abu Dhabi where we will spend the coming academic year. I'll be certain to check your unique site often and recommend it to friends. Your store seems to be one of a kind."

Washington D.C.
"J'ai commandé le Schiaparelli de mes rêves qui est arrivé juste à temps pour ma fête d'anniversaire."

Paris France
"May I thank you for my beautiful compact which arrived this morning, so beautifully wrapped that it was almost a shame to disturb it. Also, for your lovely little note. The speed of postage leads me to believe that you sent it by Magic Air or else you have shares in USPS? Anyway, I'm happy to give you A*, best ever dealer!"

Derry, Northern Ireland
"Happened on The Gilded Griffin site while hunting for cut steel
jewellery on Ruby Lane. Bought absolutely gorgeous 1930s hat: very fine condition (straw, horsehair and flower garnishes all as new); excellent value for money; carefully/thoughtfully dispatched in complimentary archival wrap and accompanied by care instructions so that it arrived intact and I can enjoy wearing it and store it properly. Julia's follow up email to check all well is excellent customer service. Have bookmarked her shop for easy return visits. Husband very worried about joint bank account. Regards."

Sydney Australia
"The Gilded Griffin ressemble au vide grenier idéal en-ligne pour retrouver les trésors de nos grand-mères. Les délais de livraison ont été respectés."

Bordeaux France


The Gilded Griffin specializes in historical antique and vintage millinery, fashions and accessories. These are proudly offered in outstanding condition, often with provenance.

This shop also features textiles, unusual or rare antiquarian books, illustrations, prints, photographs and ephemera and objects for the home relating to the fashion industry or women's history in America.

Julia Henri is the owner of the Gilded Griffin. Her résumé began with undergraduate studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in classical violoncello and piano performance. After putting aside a career in music, she attended Massachusetts College of Art where she studied design and illustration. Her education led to a successful career as owner of art & design studios in New England as well as the San Francisco Bay area.

Julia is also a published journalist and author. She has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including The Boston Herald. Many of the items sold at The Gilded Griffin were used in the research for these projects and the funds from The Gilded Griffin are used to support these endeavors, including several books presently in the works.

For several years while living in Boston, Julia had the invaluable opportunity to work at Goodspeed's Book Shop, once located at 7 Beacon Street, Boston. Mr. George Goodspeed was one of most respected antiquarian book dealers in the international market, and his influence was profound.

During those wonderful years working Goodspeed's, Julia fell in love with 15th century French, Italian and Flemish illuminated manuscripts. Her research studies since then include invaluable time sketching and studying from masterpieces in the Rare Manuscript Department at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. She remains especially interested in Medieval and Renaissance illuminated artwork.

Julia Henri is a professional appraiser and has achieved the Member designation with the respected International Society of Appraisers. She is also an active business member with the Costume Society of America. The CSA is known for academic excellence toward the continuing research and conservation of antiquarian clothing/costume and textiles.

The Gilded Griffin has been in business for 18 years. As for the most recent past, The Gilded Griffin has sold exclusively through Ruby Lane since 2010.

The Gilded Griffin proudly offers well-researched, carefully documented inventory. We take pride in writing complete descriptions which often take days to properly compile. Each item is professionally photographed so that you may keep an accurate record of your purchase; one that may be passed on to future generations.

Condition truly matters.

Condition is the determining factor for the value of any collection or individual item regardless of how rare this may be. Therefore, most everything offered for sale at The Gilded Griffin is in extraordinary condition. We guarantee that you will not find such things as moth eaten fabrics or shattering silk beyond conservation repair efforts at this shop.

Unlike many vintage clothing stores, the items we offer are stored alongside Julia Henri's private collections in exclusive, climate controlled storage rooms. Every item is wrapped in museum quality acid free tissues and contained in acid free storage boxes or bags from Archival Methods. With every item, we are especially up-to-date with conservation and diligent concerning moth and other insect issues which can be disastrous to special collections.

Authenticity is absolutely required at The Gilded Griffin and reproductions are never offered for sale here, of any kind.

The history and stories behind a collectible make it all the more interesting and valuable. Typically, items sold through this shop come directly from estates or fine private collections. We also handle museum de-acquisitions. If there are stories connected to a piece, we take extra care to make sure that these histories will not disappear.

Each item offered for sale is authentic and unaltered. 
We do not replace ribbons, buttons or decorations to make something look better, older or in any way different from how it was originally designed. Some items may have been cleaned or treated in some way by our skilled museum conservationist. If so, this is indicated in the items' descriptions.

We care...a lot.

Please never hesitate to write whether you have questions, comments or concerns. All emails are answered promptly and it is always a pleasure to hear from you!

We greatly enjoy spending the time to closely work with every client.

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Thank you so very much for your interest in The Gilded Griffin!
Julia Henri
Post office box provided upon request.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
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