Hawthorne & Heaney is having a bit of a clear out at the moment and so we have decided to let some of our archive vintage embroidery pieces go. We would love to see them go to a good home, where they will be appreciated as much asthey deserve to be. Below you can see a selection of the pieces we have currently available on ebay. If you would like to have your own piece, why not see what the listing have to offer.
We were lucky enough to be asked to go on a tour of the new refurbished No. 1 Savile Row, Gieves and Hawkes Historical Archive so we thought we would take the opportunity to share the pictures of some of the treasures they have there. Their long history of 450 years has allowed them to accumulate this amazing collection of pieces. The building itself is also very striking as the former home of Lord Fairfax, the Duke of Devonshire and then the Royal Geographic Society. Part of their renovations was to bring the splendid Map room a the heart of the building, originally installed by the Royal Geographic Society, back to its former glory. It is through the impressive balcony in the Map room that the archive is accessed.
Above: detail from uniform jacket with its aiguillette, an ornamental braided cord.
A selection of uniforms on display at the entrance of the archive
Cuff details with Gold lace and belt on display
Inspecting some of the jackets from the archive, this one with original aiguillette.
Tiny Cut-work bird and crown emblem with gold lace
These cutwork cuffs would have been gold when they were new, but over time, they become discoloured and settle at the shade they are now.
Embroidered Epaulette, also discoloured by time with a glimpse of the attached aiguillette bottom left.