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91/1232 Milk jug cover, machine-made, Harbour bridge motif, cotton, Australia, 1920-1940
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Object statement
Milk jug cover, machine-made, Harbour bridge motif, cotton, Australia, 1920-1940
Examples of embroidered and crocheted pieces could be found in most Australian homes in the late 1800s to mid 1900s. Beaded covers such as this one were used to protect milk, sugar and other foods from flies and insects, which proved particularly troublesome in Australia particularly in the days before household refrigerators. The beads served not only as a decorative item, but for weighting the cover so that it would not fall off the jug. The fly problem diiminished when cars replaced horsedrawn vehicles and when dung beetles were introduced towards the end of the twentieth century.

Along with their practical function, doilies and milk jug covers served a decorative purpose. From as early as the 1830s designs have incorporated native flora and fauna motifs, which became increasingly popular towards the turn of the century as an increased sense of nationalism emerged, marking a shift away from the design influences of England and Europe in favour of an Australian design aesthetic. Embroidery and crochet work provided a much needed creative outlet for some, a restful leisure activity for others or as a way to commemorate significant events or supplement the family income. Filet crochet was encouraged as a feminine craft by women's magazines and journals in the early 1900s, and patterns featuring popular designs such as flora, fauna and commemorative motifs were published.
Commercially available, and sold to have edge and beads added by hand later

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Description
Milk jug cover, machine-made, Harbour bridge motif, cotton, Australia, 1920-1940

Small square coarse machine lace jug cover, with oblique image of Sydney Harbour Bridge and two Southern pylons, and text Sydney Bridge at bottom. Crochet shell edge with single alternating yellow and dark red beads.
Made: 1920 - 1940
91/1232
Production date
1920 - 1940
Height
155 mm
Width
145 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Mr Ian Rumsey, 1991
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