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History of Castlecraft and Hillcraft Jewelry

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History of Castlecraft and Hillcraft Jewelry

Hillcraft and Castlecraft costume jewelry has an interesting history and it also has a unique feature in its design.

The jewelry is very high quality costume jewelry.  As previously mentioned, gold filled wire was used as well as high quality Czech glass stones, beads, and Swarovski crystals.

Hillcraft and Castlecraft jewelry were never sold in stores.  The jewelry was sold either through clubs or as fund raisers.  Hillcraft was also sold at the Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, Indana.

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Women With Bad Attitudes

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Women With Bad Attitudes

I have a Wall of Fame.  Or maybe it’s the Wall of Infamy.  Here at the shop, the wall behind the counter is covered with hats, purses, bodices … and Women with Bad Attitudes. How it came to be was purely accidental.  I had come across a modern decorative tile that depicted a Victorian woman giving the proverbial “look that could kill” with the inscription, “Everyone’s entitled to a hissy-fit now and then” and it just seemed to address my … shall we say, state of  mind … at the time.  I hung the tile on the wall behind the...

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Care and Storage of Antique Clothing & Textiles

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Care and Storage of Antique Clothing & Textiles

One of the questions  I get asked most is .. how to care and store precious antique clothing and textiles.

First, let’s define what an antique textile is. The generally accepted definition of “antique” is any item that is over 100 years old. That makes all Victorian and Edwardian clothing antique. Clothing from the 1920s is quickly becoming antique, as well. But it just makes good common sense to include any fragile textile or garment that is collectible and/or meant to be kept over time in this definition.

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