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Books: Accessories and Equipment

On this page you find out about such necessary items as shoes, slippers, hats, fans, clay pipes, spectacles and escritoires.

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"Death Head" buttons, their use and construction

By Norman H. Fuss

A Treatise on how thread wrapped buttons known as "Death Head" were made and used in 18th Century Clothing.

Mr. Fuss has written a book that has clear and concise instructions and easy to follow photographs showing the process to make a thread covered button. Not just an instruction book, the history of the button along with many photographs of portraits and extant clothing is included.

This book is a must for the construction of well-made civilian clothing. "They appear to have been used primarily on less formal attire intended for business and informal social wear rather than formal or court attire" according to Mr. Fuss. He adds that there is some evidence that their use may extend down to the lower sort as well. With the directions in this book, silk quilter's thread, and wood button molds you can make your own death head buttons. If there is simply not enough time in the day to learn a new project buy ready made death head buttons.

Mr. Fuss taught Hazel how to make death head buttons and she put them on Paul's coat and waistcoat, they certainly add that extra pizzazz!

Softcover 23 pages
$11.00

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The Snowshill Collection

The Snowshill Collection of costumes and accessories, created by Charles Paget Wade, represents a private collection of world-class quality. It contains over 2,200 items, the majority originating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many unique, and most of astounding quality. Now at Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, the collection is rarely on display because of the vulnerability of the pieces. Special photography has been commissioned so that this series will enable those interested in costume, design and needlework to enjoy some of the treasures from the collection and understand them in their social and historical context.

Althea Mackenzie is the curator of the Wade Costume Collection, and of the textile collection at Hereford Museum.

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Buttons and Trimmings
(Fashion & Style Series)

By Althea MacKenzie
A Snowshill book (out of print)

Buttons, while performing a very practical function, have often been used as a form of elaboration; some of the most exotic are used on Georgian men's court clothes. Trimmings, too, such as ribbons were added for adornment and decoration.

Published by the National Trust
Dimensions: 7" × 7"
98 pp.
$19.95

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Embroideries
(Fashion & Style Series)

By Althea MacKenzie
A Snowshill book (out of print)

Published by The National Trust
Dimensions: 7" × 7"
96 pp

$19.95

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Hats and Bonnets
(Fashion & Style Series)

By Althea MacKenzie
A Snowshill book (out of print)

From bergères to boaters, this book provides a unique journey through the styles of a period that saw major radical and social changes, from the French Revolution to the emancipation of women.

Published by The National Trust
Dimensions: 7" × 7"
96 pp

$19.95

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Shoes and Slippers
(Fashion & Style Series)

By Althea MacKenzie
A Snowshill book (out of print)

At a time when women did not expose their legs, shoes could be not only a means of conveying status, class and persona, but also hold the hopes, dreams and fantasies of greater delights above.

Published by The National Trust
Dimensions: 7" × 7"
96 pp

$19.95

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Needlework Tools and Accessories
A Dutch Tradition

By Kay Sullivan

We no longer carry this book but it may be of use to our customers so we have left it here for you to read about.

This hardbound book, with 500 illustrations, 400 in color, is one you will revisit time and again. It is the first published about the needlework tools used by the women of Holland from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Not only does it tell about the beautifully hand crafted tools but about the people who used them. Included is a chapter detailing identifying marks of the makers to help collectors with their research. Valuable also, not only to those in Holland but to collectors worldwide because these tools made their way across oceans along with the migrants to far off lands. Read about thimbles, equipages (chatelaines in the 19th C), winders, needle cases, pin cushions, and knitting accessories.

224 pages

$59.50

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