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  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    cotton with whitework embroidery, bobbin lace edging

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased from D Gordon Smith Esq

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

Ireland (made)


ca.1880 (made)



Materials and Techniques

cotton with whitework embroidery, bobbin lace edging


Length: 13.5 in, Width: 17 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1963/1237

Historical context note

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.

Descriptive line

Handkerchief sachet, Ireland, c.1880

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Morris, Barbara Victorian Embroidery, 1962




Whitework; Bobbin lace making


Embroidery; Textiles; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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