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Wedding veil

Wedding veil

  • Place of origin:

    Chandernagore (made)
    Kirkee (used)

  • Date:

    1928 (made)
    1928 (used)
    1958 (used)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered net

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M.E. Vosper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A rectangular white net wedding veil embroidered in white cotton thread with flowers around the edges.

Place of Origin

Chandernagore (made)
Kirkee (used)


1928 (made)
1928 (used)
1958 (used)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered net


Length: 180 cm, Width: 155 cm

Object history note

Note from the donor reads as follows:
'This wedding veil was hand embroidered by French nuns in a convent in Chandernagore, India, for the wedding of Eva Kelly to Robert George Browning on the 20th November 1928.
Eva Kelly was born in Nainital in 1899 of Irish parents and Robert browning was born in Forest Gate, London, England in 1900. They had a lavish wedding in Kirkee, India, which most of the Regiment and their wives attended. The reception was held in the Ordnance Club, Kirkee.
In 1930 they had a daughter Margaret, their only child. They remained in India until 1948 after India got her independence. Most of the men employed by the Ordnance were then disbanded with some coming back to England and others going to Australia., New Zealand, Kenya, etc. Robert, Eva and Margaret settled in Hornchurch, Essex.
In September 1958 another bride wore this veil at her wedding: Una Nord who married Roy Jamieson in Hainault, Essex. In September 1959 the veil was finally worn by Margaret (Eva and Robert's daughter) when she married Peter Vosper in Hornchurch, Essex.'

Descriptive line

Wedding veil, white net, embroidered with flowers, textile, India, ca. 1928

Production Note

The veil was hand embroidered by French nuns in a convent in Chandernagore, India. Information on the making and wearing of the veil given by the donor, whose mother and herself wore it at their weddings in 1928 (in Kirkee, India) and 1959 (in Hornchurch, Essex) respectively. It was also worn by another (unrelated?) bride in 1958.
Photographs of all 3 weddings, showing the veil in use, are on RF 2010/780.





Subjects depicted



Marriage; Embroidery; Textiles

Production Type



South & South East Asia Collection

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