Category Archives: Accessories

1893 Watch Camera

This ‘spy camera’ is likely similar or even the same model used by 19 year old Carl Stormer when he took these round shaped photos in the 1890s in Oslo, Norway.

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As Seen In – 1837 sunglasses

This painting of Nathanial Olds was done in 1837 by Jeptha Homer Wade and is in the Cleveland Art Museum. Olds is wearing shaded glasses, similar to this pair I recently found online:

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Kate Spade, 1962 – 2018

Born in Kansas City on December 24, 1962, Katherine Bresnahan, was attending college when she met her future husband Andy Spade (brother of SNL actor David Spade). The idea of opening a  handbag company came from a casual conversation the … Continue reading

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On My Shopping List… James Smith & Sons

Some day I will go into and buy myself an umbrella — without looking at the price (They range from $100 – $500 dollars)

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Edgar C. Hyman – Echo Scarves

After working for two veiling companies, Edgar C. Hyman started his own company in New York around the same time he married his wife Theresa in September, 1923. Inspired by his monogram, he called his company Echo, and produced print … Continue reading

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Canadian Tiara that survived the Lusitania goes on the block…

In 1882, Hugh Allan, a Scottish immigrant to Montreal in the 1830s, died, leaving his business, the Allan Shipping Line, to his son Hugh Montagu Allan. ‘Montagu’ as he was known, grew the company into the largest privately owned shipping … Continue reading

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$275,000 (Canadian) for this pink purse — Really?

This is what stupid people do with their money.

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Heavy Baggage

An interesting snippet I discovered yesterday from the Montreal Gazette, August 29, 1968: “Women who carry heavy handbags sometimes suffer from unpleasant finger tingling… Dr. Ronald Barber, a diagnostic expert, told a group of physiotherapists heavy handbags can cause women … Continue reading

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Josephine Bonaparte’s engagement ring

The diamond and sapphire engagement ring Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Joséphine will go up for auction March 24 at the Osenat auction house in Fontainebleau, France with an estimate of $20,000. The gold ring is set with teardrop-shaped gems, a … Continue reading

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Parasol Fashions 1924

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