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Pair of sleeve ruffles

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1760s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk gauze, linen thread bobbin lace, gimp thread, silk grosgrain ribbon, woven, stab stitched and embroidered whitework

  • Museum number:

    T.4&A-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of sleeve ruffles of soft silk gauze woven with spaced, horizontal lines in a thicker cream silk, and triple layered. Embroidered whitework. Scalloped edges trimmed with simple linen thread bobbin lace 5/8 inches (1.5 cm) deep. The lace (probably from the English Midland Counties) has a twist net ground and a simple pattern of two interlaced serpentine lines of gimp thread which form rows of roundels, the upper ones are filled with 'spiders'. Three layers of gauze are bound in place along their upper edges by a piece of silk grosgrain ribbon, and folded over the raw edges and stab stitched through all the layers.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1760s (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk gauze, linen thread bobbin lace, gimp thread, silk grosgrain ribbon, woven, stab stitched and embroidered whitework

Dimensions

Diameter: 10 in maximum, Diameter: 25.6 cm maximum, Diameter: 10 cm minimum, Diameter: 4 in minimum, Circumference: 32 cm upper, Circumference: 12.5 in upper

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/47.
The ruffles were removed from the late 1770s polonaise dress of painted silk (T.30-1910) when it was removed from the old Costume Court in 1979. The dress was trimmed with ruffles of the 19th century machine-made lace when it was acquired by the Museum. It was possible that the lace was wrongly identified and that these are the original ruffles (although of the wrong date for the dress), or they may have been unregistered accessories put on in 1962 when the dress went on display.

Descriptive line

Pair of sleeve ruffles of soft silk gauze woven and embroidered, England, 1760s

Production Note

Lace is probably from the English Midland Counties

Materials

Silk (textile); Silk gauze; Linen; Gimp; Grosgrain

Techniques

Woven; Stab; Embroidered; Whitework; Lace making

Subjects depicted

Interlacing; Scalloped

Categories

Textiles; Lace; Embroidery; Women's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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