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Interesting Antique Victorian Tablecloth Table Cover ~ Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, French Silver & Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim
Interesting Antique Victorian Tablecloth Table Cover ~ Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, French Silver & Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim
Interesting Antique Victorian Tablecloth Table Cover ~ Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, French Silver & Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim
Interesting Antique Victorian Tablecloth Table Cover ~ Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, French Silver & Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim
Interesting Antique Victorian Tablecloth Table Cover ~ Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, French Silver & Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim

Material:  Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, Silver & Gold Metallic Lace Trim

Size:  Length ~ 58 inches, Width ~ 36 inches,  Metallic Trim: Width ~ 1/2 inch

Quantity:  1

This antique early Victorian era table / altar cover is quite rich and bold in colors, fabric and trim.  Dating to the 19th century and possibly utilized as a religious textile of some type.
The purple silk brocade features a wonderful floral pattern, further decorated with a beautiful overlaid gold metallic floral swag design, which provides dimension and texture for  both a tactile, as well as a visual treat.
The back is a fine, very soft gold sateen. Embellishing the entire perimeter edge is a very attractive French metallic lace passementerie trim, a woven type I have not previously seen, featuring a straight top edge of silver metallic, interwoven with gold metallic swags.
The color of the silk brocade is more of a violet purple, showing most accurately in the first image. (please forgive the glare from bright sunlight, coloration is consistent, with no fading)
The top is pieced together in three long sections running the length of the cloth, with each section comprised of several smaller pieces seamed together.
The back is formed of two pieces, with a center seam. I cannot see interior seams, of course, but the back was sewn to the front completely by hand and the  metallic trim was applied by hand, so I believe it likely that the entire table cover was hand made - constructed.
While I absolutely love this early textile, it is not in perfect condition.  There are a number of small, narrow separations to the silk top, mainly near the edges, with a few to mid center panel. After careful examination this appears to be separation of the weave in the floral brocade where the cloth was originally woven somewhat looser by design to create texture and a slightly raised effect.  Here the weave has separated slightly, showing individual threads, however only certain flowers and leaves in the fabric were woven this way, and only some are affected as described. Due to the intensely patterned brocade, as well as the overlaid metallic design, this is not a glaring, obvious issue and is in fact quite difficult to detect unless examined closely.  See fourth image.
Apx. one inch from a corner edge there are two very small holes, ¼ - ½, in the brocade only. Also, a small 3 & ½ inch section of metallic lace trim has loosened and will require a few whip stitches to re-affix.
Overall the silk  appears clean, with just a few slightly darker spots near the edges that you really have to examine closely in bright direct sunlight to detect.
The back is in very nice condition, with no noted damage or distress, just some small light diffused water type marks to one corner area, a pencil point size white speck and a few storage related specks,smudge near an edge.
All seams appear sound and strong.
Amazingly we see no fading, however after years of storage there is a very slight musty smell, requiring a little airing to eliminate.
Obviously if you require perfection this particular piece may not be for you, however if you can appreciate the uniqueness of this wonderful antique metallic silk textile, as a wonderful table cover or throw for example, or if you are able to deconstruct and utilize individual elements as there is more than 5 yards of metallic lace and much of the silk fabric could be used, as well as the entire gold back, this interesting piece can still provide years of use and pleasure.  It would make a perfect wall hanging or similar decorator piece.

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Interesting Antique Victorian Tablecloth Table Cover ~ Purple Silk Brocade, Gold Sateen, French Silver & Gold Metallic Passementerie Trim

$ 149.00

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