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Pair of lappets

Pair of lappets

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1740s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Needle lace, worked in linen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow

  • Museum number:

    775 & A-1890

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These lappets formed part of a headdress, known as a ‘lace head’ in the 18th century. It was composed of a curved panel, the cap back, to which two long streamers were attached, called lappets. The whole ensemble was finished with a lace frill. The lappets might be pinned up on top of the head in pleats, but more usually were left to hang loose, fluttering with the slightest movement.

Among the various items of Englishwomen’s fashionable dress for which lace was used in the 18th century, the lace head was a particular focus for the display of wealth and taste. The quality of the lace, the excellence of its design and fine workmanship, and thus its likely expense, would be immediately apparent to observers.

Physical description

Each lappet worked in needle lace, with slightly scalloped edges and rounded end. The design is of stylised floral forms on a fairly open ground.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1740s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Needle lace, worked in linen thread

Descriptive line

Pair of lappets, made 1740s, France




Needle lace


Lace; Hats & headwear; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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