Piece of linen bobbin lace trim. The mesh consists of hexagons created by twisting together threads; each pair of threads is twisted twice before connecting to another. The right edge of the fragment shows a definitively worked edge that follows the shape of the motif, suggesting that this piece may have been meant for use as a lappet. This is supported by the fact that both the top and bottom edges of the fragment follow the design as well.

The design shows semi-naturalistic flowers and large expanses of mesh, which could place the lace in the latter half of the century. The outlines of the motifs are not done with a thicker, added string, but by tightly interlacing several threads together. Within the motifs, areas are decorated with bars instead of mesh, and each intersection of the bars has a small square of interlacing edged in picots. The bars are created by twisting together four threads.

Date

1765-1775


Geography


Material/Technique

Linen, Bobbin lace


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 2 in. × 64 3/8 in. (5.08 cm × 163.51 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. M. Lee Shaffer, Jr. and Charles Conrad Krumbhaar, Jr., 1955


Object Number

W-638/B


Colors


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