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Lace sample book.

Nottingham, England, between 1920 and [1940?]
Physical Description:
1 volume (78 pages, with additional blank pages at end) : approximately 450 lace samples ; 51 x 32 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2018 9
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Archives & Manuscripts
With printed label (on the front paste-down) of Priestley & Swann, Stoney St., Nottingham. "In reordering this book please quote no. 5096." The firm of Priestly & Swann was active from ca. 1895 until well into the 20th century.
Sample book of machine lace containing approximately 450 lace patterns, by an unidentified manufacturer. Samples appear to be intended for apparel, probably on the higher end of the market, with some example of fine tulle. It may have been used by dressmakers or department stores to demonstrate available styles. Samples are annotated with four-digit numbers, written in black and red ink. These may be inventory numbers, or they be references to the cards that facilitate the machine work.
Most samples are of white lace work. The final 10 pages, however, bear samples in a vibrant array of colors, including metallic threads. These samples are almost certainly intended for use with dresses.
Subject Terms:
Clothing and dress -- Great Britain.
Clothing trade -- Great Britain.
Dresses -- Great Britain.
Lace and lace making -- Great Britain.
Lace industry -- Great Britain.
Textile fabrics -- Sample books.
Textile fabrics -- Specimens.
Sample books.
Textile materials.
Lace (needlework)
Machine lace.
Chemical lace.
Priestley & Swann.

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