My husbands grandmother passed away a couple of months ago. Her house was a treasure trove of antiques. My mother in law bundled up a bunch of beautiful old table runners, doilies, linens, hankies and fabric for me (I blogged about them here – I love vintage textiles), and this was in amongst all of them. It is the oldest unfinished “work-in-progress” I own! The lace down the right hand side is not attached and the neck is open (it is pinned in the picture). I am curious about the age of it. I am not sure whether it is more Edwardian or Victorian in shape or sure whether this would have been left as a separate collar or sewn onto a garment.
The black silk is in excellent condition – in much better shape that an Edwardian blouse I have in my collection. It is very stiffly faced and has the most delicate velvet ribbon around the neck. I would love to finish it, but I want to make sure I finish it how it would have been finished!
If anyone has any insight as to the period and how it would be worn or finished, I would love to hear it There some photos of my other Edwardian Era finds on my blog, if you are interested. Thanks a lot for your help!