Sachet

ca.1880 (made)
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Handkerchief sachet with Mountmellick whitework embroidery in satin, stem & buttonhole stitching. The scalloped borders are edged with cotton lace and are embroidered with thick white knitting cotton in satin, stem and buttonhole stitches, with French and buillion knots. The design, confined to the lower part of the front and the flap consists of sprays of lilac and columbine. The sachet is edged all round with buttonhole stitch and two lines of French knots, and is bordered with a scalloped edging of bobbin lace in a torchon pattern.
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Materials and Techniques
cotton with whitework embroidery, bobbin lace edging
Brief Description
Handkerchief sachet, Ireland, c.1880
Physical Description
Handkerchief sachet with Mountmellick whitework embroidery in satin, stem & buttonhole stitching. The scalloped borders are edged with cotton lace and are embroidered with thick white knitting cotton in satin, stem and buttonhole stitches, with French and buillion knots. The design, confined to the lower part of the front and the flap consists of sprays of lilac and columbine. The sachet is edged all round with buttonhole stitch and two lines of French knots, and is bordered with a scalloped edging of bobbin lace in a torchon pattern.
Dimensions
  • Length: 13.5in
  • Width: 17in
Credit line
Purchased from D Gordon Smith Esq
Object history
Registered File number 1963/1237
Historical context
This is an example of Mountmellick embroidery, a type of white work named after Mount mellick in Queens Country, Ireland where it was said to have been introduced in 1825 by Johanna Carter. There was a vogue for it in the middle years of the 19th century and again in the 1880s and 1890s when many patterns were published, e.g. by Weldons.
Bibliographic Reference
Morris, Barbara Victorian Embroidery, 1962
Collection
Accession Number
T.100-1963

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record createdApril 20, 2009
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