Duchesse point lace, (5 pieces, 50 years old) (SB). Brussels bobbin lace border, handkerchief and lace length, Belgian, late 19th century (OF). Duchesse Point lace, 3 pieces (LC).
Fragment of sectional floral border.
Design: Two larger repeated motifs - one a horseshoe-shaped with 5 large petals arranged along upper edge of "shoe" and floral spray blossoming out of the centre of the horseshoe. The second motif is circular with a central daisy like flower, elongated leaves and bell flowers below the circle and a floral "bow" at the top. The four large motifs are joined by picoted brides and small floral motifs. The edges of the lower leaves form a shaped headside with a triple mesh engrelure along the footside.
Similar designs are to be seen in H5111-37 and H5111-51.
Technique: The solid areas of the design are mostly worked in cloth stitch, with less dense areas worked in half stitch. A heavy gimp thread has been used at the edge of the major shapes and both rolled and stem stitch raised work is used on the edge of the leaf shapes. There are no fancy filling stitches. The motifs are joined with plaited and picoted brides. The free edge of the headside motifs is ornamented with picots. The footside engrelure is machine made.