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Piece of linen bobbin lace trim. Three finished sides conform to the shape of the motif. The right (or bottom when in use) edge of the fragment is rounded into a scallop. This finish suggests possible use as a lappet.

The piece shows large areas of mesh ground with the motif crossing diagonally across its width. The hexagonal mesh is formed with 2 twists between every connection. Within the motif, the mesh is enlarged to differentiate it from the ground mesh and make the area seem lighter. This enlarged mesh is created by braiding four threads together and is framed in interlace scrolls. The blooms are seminaturalistic, and the aside from the diagonals, the motifs are focused around the edges.





Linen bobbin lace


Overall (H x W): 4 1/2 in. x 33 3/4 in. (11.43 cm x 85.73 cm)


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

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