I bought this Liberty of London scarf at the Metrolina Flea Market several weeks ago. I pulled it out of an overflowing box of scarves because the print was practically yelling “Liberty!” Although it is not terribly old, it has that wonderful British Arts and Crafts-William Morris-Art Nouveau look about it. And that is what Liberty is all about.
One thing some on-line sellers love to say about their items is that they are “rare.” I also read the word “unusual” a lot in descriptions. Of course most of the time the item is not rare at all. But what about the items from a known designer or company that are truly unusual?
As an example, I love the sportswear designs of Tina Leser, but occasionally I run across a suit designed by her. They are quite rare, but does that alone make them desirable? For my part, I’d much rather have a well designed play ensemble than an awkward-looking suit made by a person unaccustomed to designing suits. You don’t go to LL Bean for a bridal gown any more than you would go to Vera Wang for hiking boots.
For a person or institution who collects only garments from Tina Leser, the suit would be a very nice find, but for those of us who want an example of the designer at her best, we would rather have the more common playsuit or bathing suit. If I have a scarf from Liberty, I want it to look like a Liberty print.
It is often the quintessential design that is most valuable. Liberty scarves in the famous Peacock Feather print always fetch a nice sum on ebay.
If anyone knows the name of this print, I’d be eternally grateful if you would share it with me.