A FAMILY collection of historic textiles dating from the 17th to the 19th century is to be sold at auction this month.

The collection was formed by the Steevens family and will feature in Tennants Auctioneers’ sale of Vintage Costume and Textiles on November 24.

The family were supporters of the Quaker faith living in High Wycombe from the middle of the 17th century, working in the milling, malt and flour dealing trades. From the 1820s, the family moved into groceries, and then into building from the 1850s. Comprising items used by the family, as well as those collected, highlights include fine linen band samplers, lawn baby bonnets and children’s clothing.

The rarest item in the collection is a late 18th century ladies’ corset, which is in excellent condition, with an estimated price guide of £600-800, plus buyer’s premium.

Tennants’ specialist Sarah White said: "It is so unusual to see 18th century items of clothing in such good condition, particularly practical, foundation items such as the corset."

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale of Vintage Costume and Textiles will be available via Tennants’ website at tennants.co.uk, leading up to the sale.

Tennants are also holding a free valuation event at the salerooms on Wednesday, November 22, for all items of designer clothing and accessories, costume, textiles and fans.