"This looks so Chinese I'm rather puzzled, could it be the signature is just the owner signing his property? I know Asian and European art have been imitating and influencing each other for centuries so this may well not be the case, it is a…"
"Thanks everyone, I feel sorry for the lady but this just proves it pays to do some research! I just sold 50 of the later one's for £100 to a local girl so I'm quids already, thanks again for your time and effort."
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In researching this pattern I found other 1950s skirt/dress patterns listed at $15. to $20. HOWEVER, patterns by Norman Hartnell listed at $150. to $300. This indicates that Hartnell's patterns are more desirable and…"
"Hi Molly I'm no expert but pre-1960's patterns often have value with 1930's one's in larger sizes being the most saught after, look for designer names like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Givenchy etc.as many of those bring over…"
"Pardon my ignorance, but I don't really know this topic and didn't even know people bought and sold old sewing patterns. (Everyone told me I should have been paying more attention to what my mom was doing!) With that…"
I just picked up a bunch of 1950's-60's sewing patterns, most of them have been easy to find / value but this one has got me stumped. I know that Norman Hartnell was the Queen's favourite designer but can't seem to find one of these for sale, any ideas?See More
"Sorry Tom I didn't mean to offend you, I merely meant that there are some historical similarities to the Freemasons and other "closed" societies many of whom were driven to secrecy in the UK due to government mistrust around the time…"
"Hello Tom you have an indipendant order of Odd Fellows patriarchs militant branch buckle, the order first formed in the US in 1841 and they are a Masonic style secretive organisation. There aren't too many of them about and it's probably…"
"Hi Christine, I think the slot is original Tom it looks perfectly cut and the edges have the same patina as the rest of the tin, at a guess most of them were probably used as piggy banks and got destroyed in the process, a child's fidgity…"