1896. Milanese bobbin lace edging

  • Type: Milanese
  • Purpose: edging
  • Date: 1650-1700
  • Colour: narural
  • Width: 11cms
  • Length: 216cms
  • Notes: The Original lace was made around 1650/1700, in the Milan area. At some later stage it was passed to probably a Convent (not necessarily in Italy) and it ended its life as an altar cloth trim. The size is about right for that. Laurie Waters (of Lace News) was correct in picking up some inconsistencies, in that at the top edge there were some sections of leaf design incorporated. On close study under a glass we could see that these were later insertions to fill in a blank area, at the point that the top had been cut down, presumably because of damage. The thread was similar. The footside tape is much later than the main bulk, but is hand bobbin made and the thread used is lighter in weight. This suggests that the remake was prior to circa 1850, as by then machine made tapes were easily available. The hand stitching to join the tape is done in minute stitches. The whole piece had been ironed, which had given it a slightly ‘dead’ look. It was washed in distilled water, and then pinned out to dry, and to restore its original tension. The second use as an altar cloth in a Convent may have taken place in possibly Belgium. After the Reformation in England, those Catholic ladies who wished to enter a Convent had to go abroad, and fairly commonly, these went to Belgium. They would have learned there the local lacemaking techniques, or might even have taken them with them from the Devon area. This could account for the unusual insertions, probably around 1750. Such a lady might well have taken with her an inherited piece of Milanese lace. The pattern repeat is at 53cms.
  • Catalogue no: 2813
this and the next 3 pictures complete the first pattern repeat

this and the next 3 pictures complete the first pattern repeat

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this and the next 2 pictures are a pattern repeat

this and the next 2 pictures are a pattern repeat

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Flemish style interpolation of 1750?

Flemish style interpolation of 1750?

bobbin footside with added needlerun stitches along length . 1750?

bobbin footside with added needlerun stitches along length . 1750?

bobbin headside

bobbin headside

close up of variety of stitches

close up of variety of stitches

close up of variety of stitches

close up of variety of stitches

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1895. Bedfordshire Style Continental bobbin lace Scarf

  • Type: Bedfordshire style Continental
  • Purpose: Scarf
  • Date: 1900-1940
  • Colour: natural
  • Width: 19cms
  • Length: 162cms
  • Notes: Silk. It would be lovely in wear but the detail is very repetitive
  • Catalogue no: 2801

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close up of corner section

close up of corner section

close up of end

close up of end

close up of central panel

close up of central panel

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1894. Honiton bobbin lace collar

  • Type: Honiton
  • Purpose: collar
  • Date: 1920-1930
  • Colour: white
  • Width: 104cms
  • Length: 7cms
  • Notes: Central section circa 1890
  • Catalogue no: 2802
as worn

as worn

close up of section

close up of section

close up of end

close up of end

close up of widest section

close up of widest section

reverse showing widening of original collar by addition of similar lace - possibly from a pair of cuffs?

reverse showing widening of original collar by addition of similar lace – possibly from a pair of cuffs?

reverse showing continuation of previous view

reverse showing continuation of previous view

other side in reverse, showing a smaller addition

other side in reverse, showing a smaller addition

 

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1893. Domestic hand drawn thread work edging

  • Type: Domestic hand drawn threadwork
  • Purpose: edging
  • Date: 1760-1820
  • Colour: white
  • Width: 0.8cms
  • Length: 46cms
  • Notes: previously attached to Cat no. 2800(a) by tiniest of stitches.
  • Catalogue no: 2800(b)

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folded to show both sides of work

folded to show both sides of work

close up of both sides of work

close up of both sides of work

 

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1892. Valenciennes bobbin lace edging

  • Type: Valenciennes
  • Purpose: edging
  • Date: 1745-1760
  • Colour: white
  • Width: 3.5cms
  • Length: 49cms
  • Notes: See Antique Lace- Identifying Types and Techniques By Heather Toomer Page 187 Plate 214(c)
  • Catalogue no: 2800(a)
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section

section

section

section

section

section

section

showing mirror-imaged designs

showing mirror-imaged designs

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1891. Brussels Bobbin lace Lappet

  • Type: Brussels
  • Purpose: Lappet
  • Date: 1725-1735
  • Colour: white
  • Width: 13cms
  • Length: 58cms
  • Notes: See Antique Lace- Identifying Types and Techniques By Heather Toomer Plate 184(a)
  • Catalogue no: 2797

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Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Close up of sections from base

Top section cut

Top section cut

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1890.Bedfordshire style metallic bobbin lace edging

  • Type: Bedfordshire style
  • Purpose: edging
  • Date: 1920-1930
  • Colour: natural and metallic
  • Width: 68cms
  • Length: 7cms
  • Notes: The pattern repeat is at 19cms. Probably Maltese.
  • Catalogue no: 2799
one pattern repeat

one pattern repeat

longer view

longer view

close up of raised stitch, not tallies

close up of raised stitch, not tallies

close up of metallic thread

close up of metallic thread

close up of broken section of metallic thread, inner gold - coulered thread exposed, illustrating how fragile this lace would be in wear, probably on the base of a "flapper" dress.

close up of broken section of metallic thread, inner gold – coloured thread exposed, illustrating how fragile this lace would be in wear, probably on the base of a “flapper” dress.

close up

close up

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1889. Irish Crochet Style Bertha Collar

  • Type: Irish
  • Purpose: Bertha Collar
  • Date: 1900-1910
  • Colour:white
  • Width: 84cms
  • Length: 12cms
  • Notes: Probably French or Austrian. Note no Shamrock  – Clones style knots done by a looped small chain. See Irish Crochet Lace in Austria and France By Barbara Ballantyne
  • Catalogue no: 1640
as worn - front view

as worn – front view

viewed from behind

viewed from behind

close up

close up

close up

close up

 

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1888. Flemish Bobbin Lace Collar

  • Type: Flemish
  • Purpose: Collar
  • Date: 1900-1910
  • Colour:white
  • Width: 50cms
  • Length: 10cms
  • Notes: Made from Flemish bobbin lace with wide range of bobbin infills of 1650-1680. See Antique Lace- Identifying Types and Techniques By Heather Toomer Plate 142.
  • Catalogue no: 1640

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close up of section

close up of section

close up of section

close up of section

close up of section

close up of section

close up of section

close up of section

as worn

as worn

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1887. Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace Collar

  • Type: Bedfordshire
  • Purpose: Collar
  • Date: 1900-1910
  • Colour: white
  • Width: 38cms
  • Length: 13cms
  • Notes: Note bogus Pheasant’s Eye in edging joined to collar. Collar had been ironed after last laundering as usual. When first made the motifs would have been crisper.
  • Catalogue no: 1048

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close up of centre back

close up of centre back

close up as worn

close up as worn

 

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