Borders, Alencon or Argentan lace, needlemade, linen, France, 1750-1800
Point d'Argentan (France), very rare, the ground or 'fond' is worked in button hole stitch (SB).
Border with an almost straight headside.
A narrow headside border of leaf shapes with two different floral sprays curving out into the mesh ground. These alternate with two other sprays curving up from the footside.
The solid areas of the design are worked in simple buttonholed cloth stitch, outlined with an applied buttonholed cordonnet. The cloth stitch is sometimes relieved by small circular holes, some of which are decorated with a small buttonholed and picoted ring.
Ground is typical hexagonal Argentan mesh of buttonholed bars - it has been mended in many places giving, at first glance, the appearance of being whipped like "brides tortillees."