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Swaddling band

Swaddling band

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand embroidered linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Swaddling band made up of two thicknesses of white linen, seamed together at the sides with overcast stitching in white thread. The band is hand embroidered with an elaborate repeating pattern of stylized flowers and foliage, worked in white thread and using a variety of stitches including stem stitch, interlacing stitch, bullion knots, eyelet stitch and wave stitch filling. The embroidery indicates that this is an outer swaddling band, for use as the top layer; one end is straight and the other rounded, the latter being likely to be the outer end.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1700-1750 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Hand embroidered linen


Length: 340.5 cm, Width: 12.5 cm maximum

Object history note

See Attribution note

Descriptive line

Swaddling band of embroidered linen; probably French, 1700-1750

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

Christie's Sale catalogue: Fine Needlework, Costume & Textiles, Tuesday 3rd July 2001, Lot 23

Production Note

Accompanied by a hand written note which reads: "Given to Caroline Mott by Augusta Maturin Jan 17th 1876. This swathing band was worked by the Ladies of the French Court for the Dauphin, & was bought of a Lady who [word 'had' struck out] was maid of honour to the Electress of Hesse Cassel".




Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Stylized flowers


Europeana Fashion Project


Museum of Childhood

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