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Wedding veil

  • Place of origin:

    Honiton (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bobbin lace applied to machine-made net

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss O. Matthews

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Large square wedding veil of machine-made net applied with Honiton bobbin lace. Border of curving floral sprays and extended at each corner into the middle of the veil. The centre is scattered with small sprigs.

Place of Origin

Honiton (made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bobbin lace applied to machine-made net


Length: 213.4 cm, Width: 213.4 cm

Descriptive line

Square wedding veil of machine-made net applied with bobbin lace, Honiton, mid 19th century

Labels and date

Lace veil with pea-pods
Devon, England
About 1850

When Queen Victoria wed, she wore English lace to promote British manufacture. She encouraged other brides to do the same. The pattern of this Honiton lace veil includes pea-pods, which are symbols of fruitfulness and happiness. The bride would have worn the veil attached to the back of her head, not over her face, a fashion which came later.

Honiton appliqué lace
Given by Miss O. Matthews
V&A: T.110-1968 [2011]


Bobbin lace; Net (textile)


Lace making


Marriage; Lace; Fashion; Women's clothes; Hats & headwear; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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