Ancient Circle

A friend of mine consults me now and then on textiles he finds in his searches for treasure, which he then sells, sometimes for outrageous profit. Sometimes he gives me something cool in exchange because he’s pretty sure it’s right up my alley. This is how I won my 120 year old cauldron.

He brought this by for me to see last week. And gave it to me. It’s lovely.



You can see that at one time it was machine sewn to something. I would think something like an altar cloth but I’m thinking priestly vestments.


Such tidy finish work, this wasn’t made by an amateur. This is someone who knows their stuff.


Crescent moon and star


Say what?



18″ across, this is silk satin embroidered with couched metal threads, probably silver wrapped around silk threads, and possibly tambour or chain stitch elements.

I know nothing of these symbols. Does anyone out there know? Send it far and wide.

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