Blue glass beads, Whithorn . Period: Early Medieval : A group of 'melon beads' of blue glass. The ornamentation is created dragging a metal tool, such as a knife, through the soft glass. If the bead is not heated much after combing, the cuts in the glass produce a multilobed melon bead. A tenth century Arab once wrote that the Vikings would "go to any length to get hold of coloured beads ".
Pleat and appliquéd two-piece gown, ca. early 20th century. Bodice with back hook & eye closure, blousy front with fluffy sleeves lined & stayed interior. Back closure on skirt with bell-shaped skirt, horizontal pleats and deep applique flounce at bottom, lined in silk. Carolyn Forbes Textiles/eBay