Thursday, March 3, 2011

Les Belles Dentelles! Vintage lace treasure... from Le Bon Marche

As promised here are a few pictures of my box of vintage lace I got from my grandma back in France.
Some still have their tag from the famous department store in Paris called "Le Bon Marche" which has been considered as the world's first department store (started in 1838 in its first state and 1867 in its bigger version) and which was made famous by Emile Zola's 1883 novel "Au Bonheur des Dames".
The lots with the tags date from the 1900/1930's back when the store still had its fabric, ribbon, lace sections for making clothes.
Below are a few old pictures/postcards and advertisement illustrations related to Le Bon Marche.

The tag says: "Au Bon Marche - Comptoir des Dentelles", then you can see the price written in pencil and in French "ancien Francs". You can also see a little red sign in diagonal with the words "Prix Reduits" written, which means reduced prices.
I also have some "ready-made"lace collars that were meant to be attached to dresses. 
All this is pretty amazing and I will probably keep some of it intact and maybe even frame it for keepsake :) I hope you enjoyed my sharing this with you!

I just talked to my grandma (Paulette Montagner) who told me that some of the lace she gave me (among which are the ones with the tags from Le Bon Marche) come from her aunt whom I knew as "tante" Lucienne when I was little (tante = aunt in French). Tante Lucienne was the wife of my great grandma's brother and I was fortunate enough to have been able to see them every once in a while because they both lived to be very old! She was born in 1906 and lived in Paris where her dad, Mr. Cornet, worked at the famous Le Bon Marche, which is where those lace pieces come from.
I'm glad I got to talk to my grandma about this as these treasures take on an even more precious quality for me... it relates to my family's history!

Here is a bobbin that held some ribbon from Le Bon Marche too:

And since we're talking about old stuff here is a picture of my favorite pack of needles! I've been working with one of these since I pretty much started to do what I do :) I think the illustration is so cool.

I hope you enjoyed this!


  1. Look at all that lace! AND being able to see the history behind it is very cool :))

  2. thanks! I was really happy to be able to share :)

  3. Wow--that's an amazing collecting, and such a great story to go with it!