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    Posted 5 years ago

    Magicman1974
    (31 items)

    Here is a unique item from the circus. I believe to be form the early 1900's (only guessing here) I believe the markings to be of Native American decent. For the age of this item, the condition good, with signs of wear.

    Here is another beautiful Vintage circus costume from the private collection of Mark and Debra Miller.
    Mint condition costume.
    garnished with rhinestone and sequin, custom made.
    Most of the costumes in the collection are made of, and or including, Chiffon, Silk, Taffeta, Velvet, and Satin.
    Our entire collection consists of over 125 costumes / Headpieces / Accessories / etc.
    Era: 1960's -70's ?

    Please feel free to comment, or post information regarding anything posted in the collection. Thanks for looking!

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    1. valentino97, 5 years ago
      Enjoy your amazing collection. Maybe it's time to tell us about Mark and Debra Miller's collection and how you came to acquire it - please!
    2. Magicman1974 Magicman1974, 5 years ago
      We acquired the entire collection from a gentleman by the name of Rich Deptula, from the Cleveland, Ohio area several years ago. He has since passed away. My wife and I own a costume and magic shop in Ohio and that is how we came to own this collection. All of the costumes are in pristine condition, quite a few are auto- graphed by the performers who wore them, we also have the matching headpieces as well. We purchased his complete collection of costumes from him.
      Mr. Deptula was an avid circus enthusiast and collector, it was an absolute pleasure to meet him and get to spend time with him. We are very honored to be in possession of his collection.
      More pictures to follow, and also seeking additional information on any of the pieces.
      As well as the costume collection, Rich also gave us, all of his original paperwork on each piece. However, he was not a great bookkeeper and many of his notes are incomplete, but we are very fortunate to have some information and have been able to research some items.
    3. valentino97, 5 years ago
      You have an amazing collection! Thank you for sharing it and telling us more! I haven't visited yet but aren't the Western Heritage Museum and Cleveland Art Museum experts on textiles? How exciting to meet Mr. Deptula and own his collection. It seems like you have a lot of information right now. Another place you could contact for information would be Baraboo Circus Museum in Wisconsin. I don't know if you've visited, but if you can, bring your photographs.
    4. rickdrake rickdrake, 5 years ago
      Just curious, what Native American marking looks exactly like a swastika?
    5. slackjack, 5 years ago
      Eva Brauns' knickers ? Must have made her little fuhrer crazy ! Naw.....I believe the circus story . Still..............
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 5 years ago
      Here rickdrake a quick google search:

      To Native American Indians, the swastika is a symbol of the sun, the four directions, and the four seasons. ... The broken cross symbol or the Swastika, is commonly known as the "whirling log" to many Native Indians, though the literal meaning in the Navajo language "that which revolves".



      Swastika Symbol - Native Indian Tribes



      https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/native-american.../swastika-symbol....
    7. rickdrake rickdrake, 5 years ago
      Well, we learn something every day...:)
    8. cateburz, 5 years ago
      This collection is amazing. History Channel is airing a new show this coming March called Collector's Cafe and we are looking for cool collections to feature. I'd love to learn more and tell you about the show if you were interested. Feel free to email me cburzynski@thinkfactorymedia.com. Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Oh yes, N.A. did use that symbol for sure. It probably takes people aback, but they used it.

      I was reading the comments and just had to ask, are you in need of a mascot? I've got one for you that will amaze just about anyone... here's the link! ;)

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/128960-big-top-jester-head

      Let me know what you think...

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