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Godeys Ladys Book 1863


Color copies of all twelve color plates form the 1863 volume of Godeys Ladys Book. These are the plates reproduced on photo grade paper and mounted on to card stock. On the back is a description of each dress by Mr. Godey, as copied out of the original magazines.


 

 

 

 

 


Small Parasols



Parasol, Long handle with small parasol top. Satin-like polyester cover can be dressed up with lace and garnishments or re-covered to make a nice period accessory. Black or white.................................................................$12.00


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Battenberg Lace Parasol
Battenberg Parasol Top View

Parasol icon Battenberg Lace Parasol, 100% cotton cover with 5" of lace around the edge, or all over pattern. 26". wooden handle. White only
(Other colors are available from time to time- Black, Ecru, etc. Please inquire)................................................ $42.50



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Ladies Items iconLadies Cotton Stockings, 100% mercerized cotton. Thigh high, requires roll garter below. Colors- Black, White, Beige
Sizes are not based on foot size. 8 1/2 fits small feet and 11 will fit a ladies shoe size 12.
Use this as a guide to determine the stocking size.........$ 12.95

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Garters, Cotton covered elastic roll type. Correct for above hose- specify medium or large....$ 4.95

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Cotton Stockings with Stripes. Each stocking is hand made on an antique sock loom. 100% cotton with a small amount of elastic added at the top to stay up. No need for garters.
These are knee high stocking in a correct period striped pattern. many styles of stripes to choose from as listed. One size fits all.....................................$6.00 pr

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Brown/Black
Maroon/Blue
Pink/Black
Red/Black
Green/Black
Red/White
Blue/White
Black/White

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Sandalwood Fan
, Approx. 8" long. Made from sandalwood that has an attractive fragrance.$ 7.50

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Feathers,
Ostrich Plume, Assorted colors. For decorating or dressing up hats, etc. 12-15" long...$ 2.50 each

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Crocheted Gloves or Mitts
, Black, white, or ecru. Hand crocheted with cotton thread.
Gloves are full fingered, mitts are fingerless..............$ 12.00 pair

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Snoods (Hair Nets), Crocheted, Elastic band to stay on. Rayon, Choice of colors - Red, White, Black, Maroon, Gray, Blue, Brown, Not period material, but they look great and are an inexpensive alternative. A ribbon can be used to replace the elastic as an alternative........$ 9.00


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Ladies Slippers,
Black cotton tops with rubber soles. Comfortable. Specify shoe size-....$ 12.95
Sizes are limited at this time. Please inquire.

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Work Shoes

Ladies Work Shoe, black or brown, pegged soles.(Suitable for women's wear). These are the same as our dress brogans, only in women's sizes. Smooth or Rough side out. We need a foot tracing and any necessary measurements to make them fit correctly the first time. 1-3 weeks delivery. We have men's sizes from 3 1/2 -15 in stock at all time. To convert from ladies shoes, subtract 1 1/2 sizes (example- ladies 8 is a men's 6 1/2. Please call if you have questions)...................$104.50
To see the work shoe in more detail, please visit our "Shoes" Page

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Ladys Shoes

Ladies High Top Boots
, We have a selection in stock to choose from. High top lace up like the original style. Sewn leather soles. Stacked leather heel. Black or Brown. We usually stock black with different colors as custom orders. NOT made in India or Pakistan.............$85.00 pr


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Hoops


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NOTE-Hoops are back. Different supplier, Slightly higher price.
But the quality is the same or better.
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Our hoops have draw string waist. We usually have ruffled hoops in stock.
All hoops are cotton covered steel boning (Some have Plastic Boning, depending on the maker) and a full cotton shell covering. All have a drawstring waist and one flounce at the bottom. Maximum waist size for standard hoops is 40". The hoop diameter is variable by adjusting the boning inside the cover. The circumferences are approximate.

Length is waist to ankle, (Child's Hoop is waist to knee). Regular length for standard hoops is 39".

Child's Three Bone. 71" Circumference. Length 23". Great for girls up to around age 10.................................$29.95

Four Bone Plain..124" Circumference. For very plain dresses. Beginners usually like this one due to the lower price.....$49.95

Four Bone Plain.. 90" Circumference. Great for Smaller diameter dresses such as working women or more
                              Conservative attire...................................................................................................................$49.95

Five Bone Plain...144" Circumference. More support for larger or heavier dresses......................................................$59.95

Six Bone Plain.... 144" Circumference. This our most popular and versatile hoop. Plenty of support for any dress, and a nice bell
                             shape.........................................................$59.95

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Ruffled hoops have a ruffle covering each bone. This helps hide the boning and eliminates one or two "over the hoop" petticoats.
Descriptions for use are as above. The six bone hoops are our best sellers in ruffled hoops.
The actual circumfrence of our Six Bone Hoop with ruffles is 160"

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Four Bone Ruffled 124" Circumference..................................$74.95
Five Bone Ruffled.160"Circumference...................................$84.95
Six Bone Ruffled. 160" Circumfrence.....................................$99.95


There was no black "mourning hoop" in the 1860's.
Just another ploy by some to take your $$$.



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Books for Ladies

Ladies Books



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Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler -
50 Quilt Blocks with Stories from History, by Barbara Brackman

This remarkable book features fifty quilt blocks to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Many of these blocks weren’t designed until the 1930s, but Barbara selected each one for the unique symbolism its name lends to recounting stories of the war during the mid-1800s. Dig into those prized reproduction fabrics and enjoy mixing and matching blocks to make your own tribute quilt. Images of sampler quilts are included for inspiration.
• Journey through this historic time in American history with Barbara Brackman, bestselling author and quilt historian
• Learn more about Civil War women through this special compilation of quilt block patterns, combined with period photos and first-person accounts
• Choose from a variety of pieced or appliquéd blocks, each shown in two colorways with instructions for assembling two sizes (8” and 12”)......................$29.95

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The Civil War era...chronicled by quilters' hands


 


America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890,
Barbara Brackman. 128 pg soft bound. Explore the fabrics and quilts from 1770-1890. This book guides us through more than a century of American fabrics and shares wonderful old photos, diary entries and letters from America's past. Included are 8 projects inspired by antique quilts as made with today's reproduction fabrics as well as insight into the social, technological, and fashion influences on past generations of Quiltmakers. Also, instruction on learning to identify vintage fabrics and quilts as well as learning to choose reproduction fabrics and patterns.
This book is full of fantastic photos, diagrams, cdv's and photos, etc showing every aspect of period fabrics, their uses and quilt patterns
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What's a Poor Girl to do? Prostitution in Mid 19th Century America
, Elizabeth Topping. 72 pgs soft bound. A graphic look at sexuality in early Victorian America, the extent and causes of prostitution, it's effects on society, and the myths and realities the Victorians held about the oldest profession known to womankind. Profusely illustrated with period photos.. (While I find most of the photos in this book are dated 10-20 years earlier than they actually are, the content cannot be denied and many of them fall into the "erotic" classification).
Great resource material..................................................................$ 9.95


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Fabric Book iconDating Fabrics, A Color Guide 1800-1960. Eileen Trestain. Hard cover in spiral format. 205 pg. Text on styles and dating fabrics, and loads of color pictures showing all types of historical and more recent fabrics. This book was done mainly for quilters, but it is a wealth of knowledge for selecting fabrics for CW period dresses, shirts, etc............$24.95
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Victoria's Home Companion
or The Whole Art of Cooking: A History of 19th Century Foods, with Recipes. Including descriptions of Vegetables, Fruits, and Domesticated Animals, Methods of Preservation, Preparation, Care of Kitchen utensils, &c. With Special Emphasis on the Civil War Era. (Yes, that's the title)
By Victoria Rumble. Victoria's latest work covering virtually all aspects of civilian home cooking during this period. 40 chapters and 310 pages including the index.
The title pretty much tells it all. A lot of details are included. This is a book that any reenactor, living historian or Mid 19th Century enthusiast should not be without.
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COMPLETE GUIDE TO PRACTICAL CUTTING, by Edward Minister & Son. A legendary and major work of costume history. The basis for the Minister System, it had a profound influence on the tailoring industry. 2 volumes in 1, covering: full range of men's garments including servants' and livery, some womens' including ladies' polkas and riding habits, English Army, Navy and Civil dress regulations, as well as uniforms. With additional, contemporary, fashion plates. Useful in the making of Early Victorian, Crimean War, Napoleon III (1850s/1860s). A good reference for one of the most elegant periods of men's clothing. 366 pp, 8 1/2 X 11, quality paperbound................$31.95

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From The Neck Up- An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking. Denise Derma. 199 pages. Complete works from design to renovations and alterations. Complete with patterns and a glossary. A perfect reference book for learning Millinery, the art of making custom designed felt, straw and fabric hats by hand...........................................................$25.00

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Fashionable Dancers Casket

The Fashionable Dancers Casket: or the Ball Room Instructor, "A New and Splendid Work on Dancing, Etiquette, Deportment, and the Toilet", 192 pas paperback. Reproduction of a famous 19th century guide to CW dance, including illustrations that are perfect for the modern reenactor, historian, or anyone who is interested in the history of dance. (At least that is what the back cover says). Fourteen illustrations...................................... $ 14.95

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Martines Ettiquette

Martines Hand-Book of Etiquette, and Guide To True Politeness, Reprint of a guide that was used right after the CW. Contains Clear and comprehensive directions for manners, dress & conversation, including other such essentials as hints on the art or carving, etiquette of the ball, and 56 rules to be observed in general society. Paperback, 166 pages.................................$14.95

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Hillgroves Ballroom Guide

Hillgrove's Ball Room Guide and Practical Dancer,Reprint of the 1863 book. By T. Hillgrove, Teacher of Dancing. 237 pgs, paperback. Complete guide to period ballroom dancing from the CW period. With illustrations. Highlights individual poses and positions as well complete dances. Another "must read" for those interested in period dance...............$21.95

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Godey Costume Plates in Color

Godey Costume Plates In Color, 24 color plates from the 1860's...$ 10.95

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Godey Ladys Book
Fashions and Costumes from Godeys Lady's Book. 91 Pgs full of costume plates from
Godey's Lady's Book.
8 plates in color. W/ fashion descriptions...........$ 12.95



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Victorian and Edwardian Fashions


Victorian & Edwardian Fashions
, Illustrated entirely by contemporary photos. 233 illustrations portray typical crinolined ladies and top hatted gentlemen of the day...$ 14.95

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C.W. Era Ettiquette

C. W. Era Etiquette, 235 pgs, Martines Handbook of Etiquette combined with a Dictionary of Vulgarisms Reprinted from the 1860's. Profusely illustrated............$15.95

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Ladies Fashions Needle Arts

C.W. Ladies Fashion & Needle Arts of the Early 1860's, 348 pgs. Primary source material from Peterson's Magazine1861-1864, plus hair styles and jewelry from Campbell's Self Instructor in-the Art of Hair Work. Hundreds of illustrations.....$30.95

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Handbook of Fancy & Ornamental Work

Ladies Handbook Of Fancy & Ornamental Work, Costume accessories, embroidery, beading, knitting, quilting, tatting, etc. 262 engravings, 265 pgs. Practical & detailed instructions..... $21.95

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Ladies Self Instructor

The Ladies Self Instructor in Millinery & Mantua Making, Embroidery, & Applique (1853)Reprint of the orig. book by Leary & Getz with illustrations from
Godey's Lady's Book.
228 pgs............................................$15.95

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Citizens companion

The Citizens Companion,From the publishers of the Camp Chase Gazette. Monthly periodical for the civilian population in CW reenacting. Photos, articles, ads. Current monthly issue........................................................$ 4.50

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Who Wore What, Women's Wear 1861-65, Juanita Leisch. 116 pgs, hardbound. Excellent resource material illustrated with original photographs..Hardbound.............$29.95

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American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs, Dalrymple. Over 280 rare photographs documenting clothing from 1840's to 1890's.
128 pgs. Soft cover..........................$ 15.95

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Civil War Cooking



Civil War Cooking, The Housekeepers Friend.
By Mrs. E.F. Haskell. 445 pg soft cover. Large size reprint of the manual-The Housekeepers Friend, Copyright 1861. Recipes for all types of food, gardening, flowers, infants, cooking for invalids, etc...Out of Print

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Civil War Civilians

Introduction to Civil War Civilians. Juanita Leisch. 86 pg. text and period photographs illustrating what civilians went through during the the period 1861-65.........................................................................................$ 9.95

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From the Ballroom to Hell



From the Ballroom To Hell
, Grace and Folly in 19th Century Dance, 223 pg. Soft cover Period dance, with humorous additions...............................................$24.95

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Sew and So Forth

Sew & Sew Forth, Heidi Marsh. 159 pgs with glossary of terms. Instructions, colors, fabrics, and patterns from our period.......................................................$29.95


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Styles and So Forth

Styles & So Forth, Heidi Marsh. With Glossary, 185 pgs. Dresses, wraps, and underclothes...............................................$29.95


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Hair Hat Hood

Hair, Hat, Hood, and Bonnet Too of the Era of the Hoop, Heidi Marsh. 174 pgs of pictures and notes helpful in arranging and trimming the hair and it's coverings.$29.95


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Knit Net Crochet

Knit, Net, & Crochet,Heidi Marsh. 140pg, Definitions, directions, and projects $29.95


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Wedding Suggestions

Wedding Suggestions of the Era of the Hoop, Heidi Marsh 54 pg. Helpful for styles, designs, etc. Also good reference for Ball Gowns and other formal wear........$16.95


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What Children Wore

What Children Wore- or wish they could- in the Era of the Hoop, Heidi Marsh. 166 pgs. Full of designs and instructions for children's wear........................................$29.95


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Ladies Sports

Ladies Sports, Heidi Marsh. 92 pgs. Packed with notes and pictures of ladies in sports............$19.95


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Riding Habits

Riding Habits, Heidi Marsh.......................................................................$19.95


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The Art of Hair Work

The Art of Hair Work. Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment, with a catalog of Hair Jewelry. 208 pgs. Descriptions, illustrations, and instructions for hair weaving. Great illustrations and catalog pages...........................................................$24.00

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Harpers Bazar 1867-1898

Victorian Fashions & Costumes From Harpers Bazar 1867-1898. We have been selling this book for over 25 years and it is still a good seller. 294 pages edited by Stella Blum. Tons of diagrams and drawings from the famous fashion magazine. This book is as important to post CW enthusiasts and Godeys and Petersons is to Mid 1800's enthusiasts. Areas covered include Bustles and Puffs (1867-1874), Natural Form and Cuirass Body (1875-1882), Return of the Bustle (1883-1890), and Hourglass Figure (1891-1898). A complete fashion reference with over 1000 illustrations...........................................................$19.95

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