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Humeral veil

Humeral veil

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1743 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk satin with gold threads and silk fringe

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Humeral veil in cream silk satin brocaded with a floral design in gold filé and frisé threads, and bordered with green and yellow silk fringe. Large formal leaves and flowers take up the full width of the silk. The repeat is long but divided so that two similar but not identical motifs succeed one another.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1740-1743 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk satin with gold threads and silk fringe


Length: 100.75 in including fringe, Length: 255.7 cm including fringe, Width: 21 in including fringe, Width: 53.4 cm including fringe, Height: 30.5 in, Height: 77.5 cm, Width: 20.5 in single comber, loom width, Width: 52.1 cm single comber, loom width, Weight: 0.68 kg

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1986/211. The pattern used is very similar to those of Anna Maria Garthwaite.

Brocaded Tabby: neatly all the binding warp threads have worn away and are only visible as a diagonal line on the brocading. The binding appears to have been a 3/1 twill made by a proportion of the ground warp threads, perhaps every 4th. Decoupure: 6.

Descriptive line

Humeral veil in silk satin brocaded with gold filé and frisé threads, made in England, 1740-1743

Production Note

Possibly Spitalfields; trimming possibly made up ca. 1900-1925


Silk (textile); Gold thread


Brocaded; Satin

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Flowers; Catholicism


Textiles; Ecclesiastical textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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