More Than 5,000 Vintage Fashion Items to Cross Auction Block May 10th & 11th

Rare historic and vintage clothing from museum and institutional collections will be auctioned at Augusta Auctions 8th annual spring vintage auction event. Lovers of historic textiles and vintage clothing have been planning their 2016 pilgrimage to the Sturbridge, Massachusetts venue since last year’s sale ended.

Collections offered at the Tuesday & Wednesday sales include items representing three centuries of fashion history. They originated from the closets and backrooms of the University of Maryland Historic Clothing Collection, Strong Museum (NY), Strawberry Bank (NH), Gore House (MA), Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (CA), Drexel University (PA), North Andover Historical Society (MA) and more than two dozen other institutions, estates and private collections. Proceeds from this sale helps to provide financial support earmarked for the preservation and maintenance of the museums’ permanent collections.

Some of the featured items to be be sold include a c. 1800 silk spencer & dress, a 1900 little boy’s Scottish 5-piece outfit, 1890’s Charles Worth green silk & black lace ballgown, an 1860’s mans 3-piece brown tweed suit, beaded & printed 1920’s flapper dresses, gold & black melon brocade 1890’s cape, a peacock blue silk Civil War dress, a 1915 gold lace evening gown with a jeweled butterfly bodice and an 1880’s jacket covered completely with jet beading. Also offered will be printed cotton & wool day dresses from 1830-1870, early ethnic clothing & textiles from Afghanistan, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Hungary, handmade lace tea gowns, 1950s- 1980s evening wear, designer clothing, gold, silver & costume jewelry, corsets, silk lingerie, parasols, hats, shawls, accessories and more.

Augusta Auction Company, America’s premier auction house for vintage clothing, historic textiles and fashion accessories, is gearing up for two very full sale days – held rain or shine during Brimfield Antique Week. The auction location, the Sturbridge Host Conference Center, is only seven miles from the Brimfield antique fields on Route 20.

Clothing, laces, trims and textiles in both day’s catalogs have been grouped into large lots geared to collectors, vintage store owners and all lovers of rare and beautiful clothing & textiles.  The collections are open for preview at 1PM on Tuesday May 10th & Wednesday May 11th with auctions both days starting at 4PM.

The catalog sales are followed by the now-legendary Augusta DISCOVERY sale,  our fashion & textile lovers fantasy event.  The boxes are opened, put on view for inspection and then the bidding begins. Preview the DISCOVERY objects along with others in attendance, just as the museum boxes are emptied and sold.  Expect a fast-paced and exciting sale. Buy one special piece or the whole table.

All DISCOVERY items are uncatalogued and most come from institutions around the country. Be prepared for a long sale filled with incredible finds from museum, institutional and estate collections. There is nothing like this sale anywhere. Hollywood costumers, vintage dealers, re-enactors, clothing designers and collectors can all be assured of finding great vintage treasures.

Visit the company website www.augusta-auction.com for more information. View details and images for these important sales or call the auction house directly at 802-376-7166 or 802-376-9988.

More Than 5,000 Vintage Fashion Items to Cross Auction Block May 10th & 11th