Yale Center for British Art
Lace sample book.
Great Britain, circa [1860?]

Physical Description:
1 volume (19 leaves) : 64 lace samples ; 24 x 30 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Sample book containing 64 pieces of lace affixed to 19 leaves of an album. The compiler has secured the segments of lace to the pages by way of paired slits (near the top and bottom of each page). The lace samples include a mix of homemade bobbin lace and machine-made lace, most not very fine. Most of the pieces are no more than an inch wide, many less than half an inch wide, suggesting a use for trimming on cuffs or collars, or potentially small pillows. Many styles are represented, including Torchon lace, Barmen lace (a machine-made style), Valenciennes bobbin or machine lace, crochet lace, eyelet, and possibly some Cluny lace. There are two pieces of polychrome lace. Most of the samples appear to be cotton or linen, with a few made of silk.
Subject Terms:
Lace and lace making -- Great Britain. | Clothing and dress -- Great Britain. | Textile fabrics -- Specimens. | Textile fabrics -- Sample books.
Sample books. | Textile materials. | Lace (needlework) | Bobbin lace. | Broderie anglaise. | Cluny bobbin lace. | Hairpin lace. | Machine lace. | Torchon lace. | Valenciennes.