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Material:  metallic & natural fiber; silk, linen, cotton
Color:  gold
Style:  scallop edge
Type:  woven
Age:  c. 1870s - 1910s
Origin:  France, French
Size:  width ~ 1 & 3/4 inches
          length ~  one piece remaining: measures
54 inches  ( = 1 yard & 18 inches  /  1 &½ yards)
Quantity:   1 = continuous 54 inch piece

This divine antique 19th century gold metallic passementerie galloon trim likely originated in France during the later reign of Napoleon III.

It is new old stock ( NOS ) and has never been used.  The true rich, warm gold color and luster shows best in image #3.  This trim was well stored and cared for; it appears very much as we expect it did when manufactured 100+ years ago, although due to metallics (especially gold) being extremely difficult to capture accurately in a photograph the trim is not well represented in our images, however we feel buyers will be very well pleased with both condition and appearance.

Originally 19 yards, but currently only one single 54 inch length remains;  54 inches = 1 & ½ yards.

It is formed of very fine gold metal metallic, firmly wrapped over a light colored fiber and twisted with bronze linen, to form the weft threads.  Warp threads are comprised of gold silk and/or linen fibers, which together create a passementerie trim with excellent depth, dimension, sparkle and shine.  This type of embellishment is most often found with straight sides, or one side scalloped, however this example features scalloped edges on both sides, which would have been the most costly version.

The ribbon is woven in a naturalistic aesthetic flower and oak leaf design, which historically is very symbolic and important to many countries and cultures, often signifying strength, power, authority, leadership, bravery and longevity.  Rulers frequently wore oak leaf crowns and the symbol is still used in today's military.

During the period this high quality galon embellishment would likely have been reserved for only the finest applications, such as utilized by the clergy for vestment and ecclesiastical purposes.

This great antique trim has never been used and it remains in exceptionally nice antique estate condition, with bright, consistent, rich warm gold color throughout, showing none of the fading, darkening or verdigris that is often found on this type of antique trim.  Overall excellent sheen and sparkle as well, however this does not show well in my photographs, but is best depicted in image #3.  Image #4 shows the fine linen reverse/back. The trim has nice body and substance; it is not overly stiff or hard, but actually quite pliable and can be folded and bent to form corners, etc.  It remains extremely sturdy, stable and very usable.

Authentic Victorian and Edwardian metallic trims are becoming harder to find, especially high quality French examples.  If you collect antique and vintage ribbons and passementerie trims this unused NOS French metallic embellishment is perfect for clothing, millinery, boudoir vanity items, pillows, soft furnishings, interior design, window coverings, period restorations and other projects.

5f ~ Divine Unused NOS Antique French Gold Metallic & Linen Passementerie Galloon / Galon Trim

$ 54.99

#3 best for color/sheen

#4 reverse/back

Antique French Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim Yardage

Antique French Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim Yardage

3d ~ Fine Antique French Metallic Lame Ribbon ~ 3+ Yards

3d ~ Fine Antique French Metallic Ribbon ~ 3+ Yards

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5f ~ Divine Unused NOS Antique French Gold Metallic & Linen Passementerie Galloon / Galon Trim Closer view of 5f ~ Divine Unused NOS Antique French Gold Metallic & Linen Passementerie Galloon / Galon Trim Magnified view of 5f ~ Divine Unused NOS Antique French Gold Metallic & Linen Passementerie Galloon / Galon Trim Reverse / back view of 5f ~ Divine Unused NOS Antique French Gold Metallic & Linen Passementerie Galloon / Galon Trim

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