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Vintage and Antique Ribbon & Seam Binding

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antique & vintage SILK ribbons & seam binding

more vintage & antique ribbons

French Blue Dot Antique Silk Ribbon

Narrow French Blue Dot Silk Ribbon

Lovely 1/4" inch wide pale blue silk ribbon with woven dots. There are two pieces (6 yards and 4 yards) on the roll, for a total of 10 yards available, at $8 per yard.
French pink Dot Antique Silk Ribbon

Narrow French Pink Dot Silk Ribbon

Lovely 1/4" inch wide pale pink silk ribbon with woven dots. We have 13 yards available, at $8/yard.
Antique Silk Ribbon

French Pink Silk & Metallic Picot-edge Ribbon

This ribbon is just stunning. It is a vibrant pink silk with gold metallic, featuring a fancy, picot-edge design. Made for import to Britain (where I purchased it), it is marked "Foreign Manufacture," but I believe it is French and the label is a typical French label of the period. The ribbon is approximately 13/16" inch wide.

Some pin holes, a few noticeable. Several small weaving irregularities. Very soft, lustrous.

This type of ribbon is just about impossibly hard to find. We have 3 yards available, at $20 per yard.

Antique Green Silk Ribbon

French Green Silk Ribbon No. 411

The dreamiest green silk ribbon with edge detail...made in France a long time ago. It is SO soft and feels wonderful in your hand.

While measuring I noted a few weave irregularities (as is common). Also, over the course of a couple yards, there are half a dozen creases, where the fabric got turned as it was being wound on the spool at the factory. I have straightened them out, but a little crease remains (could probably be steamed out). Please note that if you are ordering by the yard (rather than the whole spool), I will cut your yardage to avoid the creased portion.

As always, be sure to click the photo at left for a larger more detailed view of this ribbon.

We have 1 yard available, at $16 per yard.

Turquoise Picot Ribbon

French Turquoise Picot Ribbon

Lovely satin ribbon, made in France a long time ago...the color is marked as "turquoise" and it is a light, springy, turquoisey blue. No fabric content is noted on the label, but a burn test suggests it is silk, as does a visual inspection.

A few little pinholes from where it was secured with a small pin (mostly in the first foot). In excellent condition. Measures 3 yards, 17 inches in length and 5/8" inch wide, including the picots.

$22 for all 3 yards, 17 inches.

Antique Silk Ribbon

French Pale Blue Satin Ribbon

Such a lovely, pale blue ribbon, made in France long ago. In good condition, with several pin holes, and one very fine 1" lengthwise charcoal-grey line. It measures 3 yards in length and 1 1/8" inches in width.

All 3 yards for $16.

Pink Silk Ribbon

Pink Silk Taffeta Seam Binding

The color of is a salmon pink. It is silk, and 1/2" inch wide.

Aside from a few pin holes there is a 2" caramel colored streak in one place, and a couple creases where it was apparently turned during the spooling process. However, there's plenty of usable ribbon here. The spool contains 4 yards, 24 inches of ribbon.

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Silver ZigZag Silk Ribbon

Silver ZigZag Silk Ribbon

Ah...silver & white, one hundred percent silk, in a luxurious 9/16" wide ribbon. White and silver create a zig zag effect.

High quality, it is still on the original spool, which originally held 10 yards. Made in the USA." Though marked "all silk" it is actually a combination of silk & metallic threads.

There are a few small spots of discoloration, a few small pin holes and several weaving irregularities. However, they are minor and this gorgeous, unused, shimmering ribbon is ready for your special project.

Both sides are usable - one side predominantly silver (metallic), the other with more white.

6 yards available, at $14/yard.

Deco Ribbon - Vintage

Wide Deco Stripe Ribbon

A really striking ribbon, with stripes in various shades of brown / olive green, and a repeating multi-colored bar pattern in the center. It is a big 2.25" inches wide, and is 1 yard, 12 inches long. Shiny; probably rayon.

Needs to be pressed, some pin holes. All for just $8.00

Vintage Rayon Shoe Laces

Nufashond Artificial Silk Shoe Laces

Wow, these are soo cool. They're green shoe laces, made of rayon ("artificial silk"), 27 inches long, and still in their old gold-and-black printed wrapper. They're 1 1/4" inches wide, and very finely knit.

There is a subtle brown criss-cross design going through the green, and they are a little shiny. Very fancy!

Each shoe lace is 27 inches long, so you get 54 inches total. The pair, for $8. (Only one pair available.)

French Vintage Ribbon

French Light Blue Satin Ribbon

This pretty pale blue satin ribbon is French, and we have 9 yards available. It's 5/8" inch in width.

Just a little dusty at the edges (only noticeable under very close inspection). No fabric content is noted on the label; the front side of the ribbon is satiny, the back is a rougher, cottony texture. It is old stock from a French store.

Yours for $5.50/yard.

Champagne Picot Ribbon - Vintage

Champagne Picot Lingerie Ribbon

Beautiful, oh-so-soft picot edge lingerie ribbon, 3/4" inch wide, in a luxurious champagne color. Has a nice weight to it, feels wonderful to the touch. 12 yards available, at $5.00/yard.
Dresden Rose Taffeta Rayon Ribbon - Vintage

Pink Dresden Rose Taffeta Rayon Moire Ribbon

This the most beautiful Dresden print taffeta ribbon. Made in the USA, it measures a big 1 9/16" inches wide. Roses in pink with highlights of gold, and smaller roses in blue, cascade down this pretty pink moire ribbon.

There are 7 yards available. As always, click the small photo at left for a larger view. Just $9/yard.

Swiss Flowres Rayon Ribbon - On Spool - Vintage

Swiss Floral Rayon Ribbon

This ribbon was made a long time ago in Switzerland. It has bright pink flowers with green leaves, edged in pink on a white background. It is so pretty!

On the original paper spool, with some of the paper lining remaining. It is half an inch wide.

We have 4 yards, 30 inches available. Purchase by the yard ($7.00) or by the full spool ($32).

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Stripes French Ribbon - Vintage

French Multicolor Stripe Ribbon

A French ribbon, measuring approximately 1 3/8" inches wide. It has stripes of varying widths, in cream, black, red, blue, yellow and lime green. The colors are saturated and very striking. .

On the original paper-lined spool, made in France. There's no fabric content noted, but I think it's rayon. As is usual, there are a few pinholes, else in fine condition, ready for your special project.

9 yards available, at $8.00 per yard.

French Grosgrain Ribbon with Plastic Stripes - Vintage

Grey Grosgrain with Red & Grey Stripes

This is an very, very unusual ribbon. It is a fine grey grosgrain, which has two ribbons of red and black stitched down the center. What makes it particulary unusual is that the center stripes are actually a very, very thin plastic. I have not been able to defnitively identify the type of plastic, but it may be celluloid. The ribbon is quite flexible.

This is the most amazing ribbon - I've never seen anything like it before. (I was fortunate enough to purchase another along with this one; see below for another width/color scheme.)

The ribbon is on its original paper-lined spool, made in France a very long time ago. There's no fabric content noted, but I think the grosgrain is rayon. As is usual, there are a few pinholes, else in fine condition, as new. It's approximately 3/4" inch wide.

Age is unknown, but the spool is obviously quite old, and the ribbon has a very Art Deco feeling to it.

5 yards available, at $15.00 per yard.

French Grosgrain Ribbon with Plastic Stripes - Vintage

Deep Brown Grosgrain with Red, White and Gold Stripes

This fantastic ribbon is a fine, dark chocolate brown grosgrain, which has four ribbons of red, white, and gold stitched down the center. What makes it particulary unusual is that the center stripes are actually a very, very thin plastic. I have not been able to defnitively identify the type of plastic, but it may be celluloid. The ribbon is quite flexible.

This is incredibly unusual ribbon; I've never come across another example before. (I was fortunate enough to purchase another along with this one; see above for another width/color scheme.)

The ribbon is on its original paper-lined spool, made in France a very long time ago. There's no fabric content noted, but I think the grosgrain is rayon. As is usual, there are a few pinholes, else in fine condition, as new. It's approximately 1 3/8" inches wide.

Age is unknown, but the spool is obviously quite old, and the ribbon has a very Art Deco feeling to it.

9 yards available, at $18.00 per yard.

Vintage Ribbon

Brown Satin Ribbon

Wonderful rich brown ribbon, satiny on one side. The other side is very finely ribbed, like a fine faille. It came to us on an old paper-lined spool printed in gold, with no fabric content noted, but a burn test strongly suggests silk.

There are 5 yards available, at $8/yard.

Lavendar Rayon Ribbon - On Spool - Vintage

Lavender Rayon Ribbon

This is a very beautiful vintage rayon ribbon, with a picot edge. The color is a strong lavender. It's 7/`16" inch wide. The fabric is very soft and has a lovely sheen.

On the original paper spool, with some of the paper lining remaining. Due to the fabric used & weaving technique, it's very soft and a little "fuzzy" at the edges.

We have 9 yards available. Purchase by the yard ($6.00) or by the full spool ($52).

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Violet Rayon Ribbon - On Spool - Vintage

Violet Rayon Ribbon

This is a beautiful vintage rayon ribbon, with a picot edge. The color is a rich violet purple. It measures approximately 3/8" inch wide. The fabric is very soft and has a lovely sheen.

On the original paper spool, with some of the paper lining remaining. Due to the fabric used & weaving technique, it's very soft and a little "fuzzy" at the edges.

We have 9 yards available. Purchase by the yard ($6.00) or by the full spool ($52).

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Princess Red Silk Taffeta Ribbon

Four Color Stripe Ribbon

This unusual rayon ribbon is in four colors. They are a darkish purple, red, orange, and purplish blue; a very narrow grey stripe runs down the center. It's 11/16" inch in width, and measures 4 yards, 6 inches in length.

The colors are very muted, desaturated, and has a somewhat faded appearance. However, I believe it was made this way, as the color is quite consistent throughout. The spool does show some dampstaining but the ribbon shows no evidence of water damage. There are a few pin holes where the original owner secured it with a pin.

Available by the yard at $8, or $30 for all.

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Blue & Gold Metallic Antique Ribbon

Blue & Gold Metallic Ribbon

This stunning ribbon is 5/16" inch wide, and still on the original paper spool. It is a royal blue, edged in gold. The fabric content isn't noted on the spool, but I think it it probably rayon - possibly silk - woven with the metal.

A few pinholes & dark marks where it was secured with a pin, and one foot of the ribbon is a bit darkened, else in fine condition.

Available by the 7-yard spool ($75), or by the yard ($10).

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Blue & Yellow Picot Edge Ribbon 1920s

Blue, Yellow & Black Picot-Edge Ribbon

This unusual ribbon has a diagonally-ribbed design in yellow and light blue running down the center of this chocolate brown-edged ribbon. At the bottom edge is a blue picot. It has a luxurious sheen and feels wonderful in the hand.

Still on the paper spool, the original price sticker from J.W. Robinson & Co. shows this originally sold for 10c per bolt. This gorgeous ribbon was made in France. Probably dates to the 1920s.

Measuring about 5/8" wide including picot edge, or 1/4" not including it.

There are 6 yards available, at $12/yard.

Baroness Pink Satin Ribbon

Baroness Pink Satin Ribbon

This pretty rayon ribbon is a vibrant bubblegum pink. Very girly!

It's 1/2" inch wide, and we have 6 yards available, at $4/yard.

Excello Pink Acetate Ribbon

Excello Pink Acetate Double-Face Satin Ribbon

A very pretty, soft, pink ribbon, made of acetate. It's a double-faced satin, measures 5/16" wide, in lovely condition (a few small pinholes where the manufacturer secured it). We have 5 yards available for you, at $4/yard.
Green Picot Ribbon

Pastel Green Picot Edge Ribbon

A pretty, picot-edge pastel green ribbon on its original wooden paper-lined spool, measuring 5/8" inch wide, and 3 yards long. All for $9.00
Royal Swan Yellow Satin Ribbon

Royal Swan Yellow Satin Ribbon

This is a spool of bright yellow rayon satin ribbon, so soft to the touch. It is so springlike, it reminds me of the tulip & daffodil fields just south of here. :-) It's probably rayon, maybe acetate, and measures 1/2" inch wide. We have 20 yards available at just $3.00 a yard.
Windsor Satin Taffeta Rayon Ribbon

Windsor Red Satin Taffeta Rayon Ribbon

This is a spool of bright red rayon satin taffeta ribbon. It measures a skinny 3/16" inch wide.

Several pin holes where the original owner (or manufacturer?) secured it with a pin; these are only apparent upon close inspection. In excellent condition. Still on the original spool with old price tag from "The Denver."

No date, but the design of the label leads me to believe it's from the 1920s. It measures 4 yards, 17 inches; $21 for all.

Windsor Satin Taffeta Rayon Ribbon

Windsor White Satin Taffeta Rayon Ribbon

This is a full 10-yard spool of white rayon satin taffeta ribbon. It measures 5/16" inch wide.

Several pin holes where the original owner (or manufacturer?) secured it with a pin; these are only apparent upon close inspection. In excellent condition. Still on the original spool, it is as new.

No date, but the design of the label leads me to believe it's from the 1920s. $47 for all.

Windsor Satin Taffeta Rayon Ribbon

Windsor Midnight Satin Taffeta Rayon Ribbon

This is a full 10-yard spool of rayon satin taffeta ribbon. It measures 5/16" inch wide. The color is marked on the spool as "black" but I'd call it a very deep bluish-black.

Several tiny pin holes where the original owner (or manufacturer?) secured it with a pin; these are only apparent upon close inspection. In excellent condition. Still on the original spool, it is as new.

No date, but the design of the label leads me to believe it's from the 1920s. Four spools available, at $45 each.

Nouveaute Chocolate Brown & Gold Braid Ribbon Trim

Nouveaute Chocolate Brown & Gold Braid / Gimp Ribbon

Nouveauté Ribbon which was made by the L & S Co. long ago. It's still on its original spool, though the label has mostly vanished with time.

This exquisite braid is a deep chocolate brown, with gold metallic threads which create a fringe. Seven-sixteenths of an inch wide (1/4" not counting the fringe). Very rich looking, and very hard to find.

Unused & in excellent condition. A few spots show small weaving inconsistencies and in just a few spots the gold thread has tarnished. Overall in excellent, bright condition. Ready for your restoration or costuming use. Feels absolutely wonderful; it is the feel of quality.

Available by the yard ($15/yd); 4 yards available. Or, buy the 4-yard spool for $60.

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Century Yellow & White Stripe Seersucker Ribbon - Vintage

Century Yellow & White Stripe Seersucker Ribbon

Oh, this is such a pretty ribbon for summer! Measuring 1 inch wide, smooth white stripes alternate with ribbed lemon-yellow stripes.

This ribbon is a blend of 81% acetate, and 19% rayon. It has a wonderful, soft feel. The spool's label notes that it's washable.

Unused & in good condition, on the original spool, it's 5 1/2 yards in length. There are a few pin holes where the original owner secured it with a pin.

Available by the yard ($6.50) or by the spool ($30).

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Don't forget to check out the Vintage Seam Binding and Other Vintage Trims pages as well!
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