Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Shrouded in Mystery

When I was in France I bought a piece of linen because I liked the detail and monogram at the top. I didn't know what its purpose was because of its shape (tapered at the bottom and buttonholes at both sides). I had decided it would look quite nice as a curtain on the long window in our spare bedroom ....until I asked my French cousin what he thought it was. Have you guessed? It's was obvious when he explained the shape and that the buttonholes are for tying the sides together. Yes, it's a shroud!!!! So the monogram is for the person who would be wrapped in it. But why was it for sale? Did the person not die? Intriguing. Would you still use it as a curtain, or not?

I love this maid's starched collar I bought recently

and this towel rail is just perfect for displaying some of my linens and lace.
So that's another item not going on the website.

On Monday Jane and I had a stand at Goodwood Antiques Fair. We did very well and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, meeting lots of lovely people. The only photos I have include me and they are awful so I won't be sharing them with you!

All I bought myself is a basket and a vintage scarf. I deserved a treat!


  1. Oh gosh, that's kind of funky! The detail is really nice though. :)

  2. What an interesting find! Have you decided to keep it as a curtain. Difficult one...I too would probably have thoughts about it. It shouldn't make any difference but I can understand your hesitance! Keep it up for a while and see how you feel about it maybe?...
    You have found some lovely things!
    Isabelle x

  3. I would use it as a curtain.At least it hasn't been used!Love the basket.


  4. Imagine wearing that collar. It must have killed!

  5. Hello!Thanks for your visit and for your nice comment! Your blog is so lovely and I like your web-shop so much!!! I think you had a goof idea about the curtain...I'd have make the same!
    A nice day!

  6. The intended recipient of the 'curtain' is obviously immortal, which can only be a good sign. I'd hang on to it/hang it as a curtain if I were you!!

    Sue x

  7. Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeous site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

  8. My Mum has passed away now, but I used to do Goodwood with her. I haven't been for a long time. Do the sellers still have to queue in the field to get in? It's a great place for buying and selling. I miss those days :( I love the maid's collar, reminds me of Upstairs Downstairs and You Rang My Lord! I am not sure if I would use the shroud. I get the heebie geebies about things like that! x