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ARCHIVE: Edwardian Antique Maltese Lace and Embroidered Blouse

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This is an exceptional antique Maltese lace, mousseline cotton and embroidered blouse in very fine antique condition. This versatile piece has a breath-taking amount of work involved in the construction, which is entirely handmade and comprised of extremely detailed and well executed satin stitch embroidered panels. These panels are interspersed with antique Maltese lace that has also been styled into a high neck collar. The piece fastens to the rear with very dainty Mother of Pearl buttons. It can be worn either way with the buttons to the back or the front and really depends on the look that the wearer wants to achieve.

This almost certainly would have formed part of a wedding dress ensemble but it works extremely well as a separate and can be worn as a top, jacket or capelet. The condition for something of this age is absolutely extraordinary. We couldn't really count more than a handful of tiny breaks and will go over this before despatch and repair any that we find. We have enjoyed restoring this and the mousseline panels themselves are in wonderful condition. There is no damage of any note and this could be worn as part of a modern bridal trousseau and paired with other antique lace and silks or something fresh and modern. It is hard to date as often antique lace was repurposed many times over. Given the high neck and the dainty frilled cap sleeves we suspect that this dates from the Edwardian era. It is certainly no later and of course the panel work could easily be much earlier. It is freshly laundered and is a wonderful shade of white. Most suitable in its present shape for a UK size 6-8, US 2-4.

BUST - 35 in. (88.9 cm)
WAIST - 37 in. (94 cm)
LENGTH - 16 in. (40.6 cm)
SHOULDERS - 14 in. (35.6 cm)


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer, contactless, Paypal