"They were going to burn everything......"
Every 3 months I buy 20 boxes or so of handmade items from a closed convent which a local brocanteur keeps and allows me to buy them little by little. Inside these ancient treasure chests are handmade lace lengths that the Nuns made to sell, maybe some of their lacemaking equipment, table linens, bed linens, bonnets, nightgowns, doilies, dresser scarves, fabric, ribbons etc. I don't look through the boxes before I buy, so it is such a thrill to see what is there, and what I can share with others!
So when the brocanteur called me recently with the offer of a huge consignment of linen from a different estate sale I couldn't resist and jumped at the offer! It turns out that he received a 'heads up' from a sympathetic local notaire (solicitor dealing with inheritance and property) to say that he had sold a house after a lady's death, and the new owners were to have a bonfire the VERY NEXT DAY with all the leftover linen that was still stored in the armoires. You can believe that he moved fast and so did I to rescue these treasures!
What a delight to finally get the boxes home and go through the beautifully horded items - monogrammed linen sheets, pillowcases, boxes and boxes of handmade lace, baby clothes, a whole box of embroidered baby bibs, antique nightgowns (some of which are already laundered and listed!) napkins and tablecloth sets, monogrammed hankies, lace curtains, needlework magazines, and the results of her needlework magazines - embroidered panels, dresser scarfs, table linens, doilies galore! Her whole life in linen and carefully stored away.
The photo above shows just some of the boxes of treasures rescued from their smokey end, and I look forward to laundering and listing them very soon, to share with you all!