This 1830s day dress is made of challis printed with a realistic design of wild strawberries, bamboo, pinks and anemones. Technical improvements to the printing process and advances in dye chemistry meant that floral prints could be mass-produced at low prices, and the repeal of excise duty on printed textiles in 1831 helped to reduce costs.
Hollyhock - Country Romance Mix Photo on packet from store - same photo as Wayside "Barnyard" image. Odd cost difference as well: 48 seeds in store under a dollar; 75 seeds on line nearly 5 times as much.
Victorian diamond set tiara, the stylised fleur-de-lys and scroll motifs graduating from the centre and set with old round brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds, total estimated weight 30cts, all mounted in silver grain and cut-down settings on yellow gold back, convertible into a necklace, the chain composed of a single line of rose-cut diamonds, circa 1870.