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Pair of lappets

Pair of lappets

  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    1750s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bobbin lace, worked in linen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow

  • Museum number:

    781 & 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 tapers slightly towards a rounded end, with fairly straight edges. The design is of meandering floral pattern on a fairly open net ground.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)


1750s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bobbin lace, worked in linen thread


Length: 543 mm 781-1890, Width: 102 mm 781-1890, Length: 545 mm 781A-1890, Width: 103 mm 781A-1890

Descriptive line

Pair of lappets, made 1750s, Brussels




Bobbin lace

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Fashion; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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