Karen Augusta is one of the expert appraisers of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. She has a wonderful site called Karen Augusta Antique Lace and Fashion and she has graciously allowed me to use her photo of this gorgeous circa 1880 Ladies Evening Mantle to link back to her site. The padded embroidery of this piece is exquisite. There are many antique pieces in her inventory that have hand worked embroidery that is wonderful just to look at, not to mention gleaning ideas for our own personal embroidery style. Have a look… After going through all of the items she has currently for sale (and what treasures they are!), don’t forget to go through the archives of the items that have already been sold. These ladies embroidered stockings are lovely as is this lovely knitted w/beads 1810-1820 ladies retuicule (handbag). You’ll need a large cup of coffee to absorb this site!