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Set of baby clothes

Set of baby clothes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1776 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, decorated with needle and bobbin lace

  • Museum number:

    146 to D-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This baby's cap has an inscription worked in needle lace. It reads 'Thos Fry agedd 1 year 1776 Wroham Kent'. Professional lacemakers produced little needle lace in England in the 18th century. The technique was still popular with amateurs however. This type of needle lace is known as hollie stitch or hollie point. It is a knotted buttonhole technique in which the pattern appeared in the form of openings between the stitches. Women used hollie stitch for decorative panels, which they inserted into linen, in particular on baby clothes.

Physical description

Baby clothing, cotton with lace trimming

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1776 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, decorated with needle and bobbin lace

Dimensions

Length: 253 mm 146-1907, Width: 162 mm 146-1907, Length: 270 mm A, Width: 135 mm A, Length: 559 mm B, Width: 367 mm B, Length: 362 mm C, Width: 109 mm C, Length: 381 mm D, Width: 112 mm D

Descriptive line

C, lace, 1750-1800, English; Bobbin and needle, hollie point

C, lace, 1750-1800, English; Bobbin and needle, hollie point

C, lace, 1750-1800, English; Bobbin and needle, hollie point

C, lace, 1750-1800, English; Bobbin and needle, hollie point

C, lace, 1776, English; Needle, hollie point

Materials

Linen; Cotton

Techniques

Lace making

Categories

Europeana Fashion Project; Lace; Christianity; Children & Childhood

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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