Textiles and vintage clothing is one of the regular sections of our bi-monthly two-day. Expertly curated and catalogued by our Valuer, Annia Zalewski, it is growing in strength as the appetite for vintage and antique apparel increases.

This is always a varied and appealing section that is well worth browsing. There’s nothing better than careful handling of pieces to check the quality of construction and fabric. Recent highlights have included a Chinese silk gown/kimono with extensive embroidery, vintage Welsh blankets, vintage Mulberry handbags, and designer cocktail dresses from Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

Whilst vintage pieces are popular with our buyers, items of Victoriana are also well received. Examples such as a Victorian child’s cream bonnets of silk and cotton, sit alongside Christening sets of vintage gowns with lace and cutwork and quilted bootees.

We also see a number of items charting the changing male fashions, from top hats to Christian Dior check suits from the 1970s, and leather jackets.

This is a very affordable section, with estimates often starting in the low £10s of pounds. It’s ideal for traders as well as individual buyers.

As with all of our auctions, the textile and vintage clothing lots are sold via online auction as well as in room, which means we are able to reach an expanding audience of international buyers.


Annia Zalewski at 1818 Auctioneers
Meet the expert

Annia Zalewski

Independent Textiles Valuer

As a child Annia could be found rummaging in forgotten boxes in dusty corners of attics, or with her nose in an antiques guide.

Her main passion is for antique textiles, vintage clothing and accessories. Her self taught knowledge has led to a special focus on the 1930’s through to the 50’s.

She is also interested in a range of mid century items including ceramics and anything slightly unusual.

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Recent Highlights

Two pairs of ladies Italian black leather ankle boots by Renata & Zocal, both unworn, size 39.5 & 40, SOLD £75
A vintage silk top hat, possibly size 6 3/4, with hat box by Walker Ashworth & Linney Ltd, and a striped college scarf in shades of purple, red, grey & navy, SOLD £150
A large selection of vintage linen including linen and damask napkins, tablecloths, tray cloths, doilies etc, SOLD £110
A black net rectangular shawl having extensive white metal woven decoration, SOLD £140
A selection of vintage bed linen sides including gathered and lace edged, SOLD £170

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