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1630-1650 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Lacemaking developed in England during the 16th century in response to the growth in personal wealth and to changes in fashionable dress. By 1600, bobbin lace was being made domestically throughout the country and professional centres had been established in London, the West Country and the Midlands. The lace for this collar may have been worked at home for its maker's own use.

Materials & Making
The quality of English lace in the 17th century was affected by the type of linen thread available. English thread was softer and more irregular than Flemish, though it was praised for its whiteness. When Celia Fiennes, during her travels around England, visited Honiton in Devon in 1698 she wrote, 'here they make fine bone [bobbin] lace in imitation of the Antwerp and Flanders lace, and indeed I think its as fine, it only will not wash so fine which must be the fault in the threads.'

Ownership & Use
Lace was worn by both men and women in the 17th century. It could be made to shape for particular items, or worked in lengths and attached to linen garments like shirts and collars. The showiest effects were achieved with lace worn at the throat, setting off the face, and at the wrist.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, bobbin lace, linen thread, hand sewing
Brief Description
A woman's band, English, 1630-50; linen band edged with English bobbin lace
Physical Description
A deep band of linen, cut in two pieces and seamed on the diagonal at the centre back, with a narrow neck band for tucking into high-necked gown. It is triimmed with a broad edging of English bobbin lace.
Dimensions
  • Height: 27cm
  • Width: 76.2cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 15/12/2000 by KB KB measured object
Gallery Label
British Galleries: The collar is made of fairly heavy linen, and would have been worn instead of the folded neckerchiefs seen in portraits of the 1630s and 1640s. The bobbin lace edging is rather less skilfully worked, and of less ambitious design, than the man's collar on the other side of the case. It may have been made at home.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Purchased with a forehead cloth for £3 10s from W H Brackett in 1922. No details of provenance on registered file.
Historical context
Linen neck wear was an important part of seventeenth century dress; this was probably worn together with other linen bands of different shapes, matching linen cuffs and possibly a coif.
Summary
Object Type
Lacemaking developed in England during the 16th century in response to the growth in personal wealth and to changes in fashionable dress. By 1600, bobbin lace was being made domestically throughout the country and professional centres had been established in London, the West Country and the Midlands. The lace for this collar may have been worked at home for its maker's own use.

Materials & Making
The quality of English lace in the 17th century was affected by the type of linen thread available. English thread was softer and more irregular than Flemish, though it was praised for its whiteness. When Celia Fiennes, during her travels around England, visited Honiton in Devon in 1698 she wrote, 'here they make fine bone [bobbin] lace in imitation of the Antwerp and Flanders lace, and indeed I think its as fine, it only will not wash so fine which must be the fault in the threads.'

Ownership & Use
Lace was worn by both men and women in the 17th century. It could be made to shape for particular items, or worked in lengths and attached to linen garments like shirts and collars. The showiest effects were achieved with lace worn at the throat, setting off the face, and at the wrist.
Bibliographic Reference
Tiramani, Jenny, 'Linen Band', in North, Susan and Jenny Tiramani, eds, Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns, vol.2, London: V&A Publishing, 2012, pp.116-121
Collection
Accession Number
T.21-1922

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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