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Bertha collar

Bertha collar

  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (made)

  • Date:

    1890s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mixed bobbin lace and needle lace

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Lady Jane Cory

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Full bertha collar of mixed bobbin and needle lace, 'Duchesse de Bruxelles'. The main pattern pieces are of course bobbin lace with raised edges formed either with a cordonnet or of bundles of thread. They are linked by bobbin-made bars. The shallow scallops of the lower edge follow the line of a series of narrow horizontally placed curved leaf-shapes from which depend flower heads and small leaves. Above each large curved leaf is a cartouche containing a spray of roses worked in 'point de gaze' needle lace, the main cartouches are linked by smaller ones filled with a diaper pattern of needle lace rings. The remainder of the ground up to the neck edge is filled with small floral sprigs of bobbin lace.

Place of Origin

Belgium (made)


1890s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Mixed bobbin lace and needle lace


Diameter: 615 mm Whole object laid flat, Circumference: 1870 mm Whole Object laid flat Outer edge

Object history note

Registered File number 1951/1519 (see also 47/393).

Descriptive line

Full bertha collar of mixed bobbin and needle lace, made in Belgium, 1890s


Bobbin lace making; Needle lace making

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Flower; Sprigs


Lace; Textiles; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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