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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.

The fragment is in very poor condition. Multiple pieces have detached from the main body, and there are holes throughout. The parts that are intact are severely crumpled to the point where they are nearly impossible to lay flat.





Linen, Bobbin lace


Overall (H x W): 3 1/4 in. x 30 in. (8.26 cm x 76.2 cm)


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

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