1870’s Lace Collar

Is this collar really that old? I am not sure. I just needed a name for it and on one site I visited a photo of bobbin lace made during the 1870’s had a very similar appearance. I never paid much attention to this piece of lace before. It is very delicate, and very fragile. When held in the hands it collapses to nothing but ruffles, so it is very hard to see the pretty design unless it is patted out on to a dark colored cloth. Laid flat it clearly shows that it was made to be a collar, and not cut and sewn into shape. I would like to soak some of the spots out. The only way to safely do that is to carefully baste it to another cloth. Then lay it flat, agitating the water carefully over it. Still I would hate to see it disintegrate.

1870's-Lace-Collar

The close-up photo shows its delicate construction.

1870's-Lace-Collar-CloseUp

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2 Responses

  1. Oh all that lace is soooooo pretty! Great closeup photos showing terrific detail. Nice blog!

  2. What a beautiful piece! Someone sure put a lot of heartfelt work into this piece! 🙂

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