Set of Baby Clothes

1776 (made)
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Place Of Origin

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.
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Cap (Headgear)
  • Cap (Headgear)
  • Neck Trimming
  • Cuff
  • Cuff
Materials and Techniques
Linen, decorated with needle and bobbin lace
Brief Description
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
Physical Description
Baby clothing, cotton with lace trimming
Dimensions
  • 146 1907 length: 253mm
  • 146 1907 width: 162mm
  • A length: 270mm
  • A width: 135mm
  • B length: 559mm
  • B width: 367mm
  • C length: 362mm
  • C width: 109mm
  • D length: 381mm
  • D width: 112mm
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
146 to D-1907

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record createdNovember 27, 2003
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