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Machine made finishing lace edging for Limerick lace, 1900 - 1912
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Object statement
Lace edging (2), machine made, [cotton] / paper, maker unknown, used for finishing the edge of Limerick lace, Ireland, 1900-1912
This machine made finishing lace edging is part of a collection of lace and patterns that the donor's mother, Edith Mary Georgeson (nee Lester), brought to Australia in 1912. Edith Mary, originally from County Cork in Ireland, had been a professional lacemaker making mostly hand-embroidered machine made net lace of the kind known as Limerick lace. Limerick lace was one of the laces credited with rescuing many poor families from starvation during the numerous crop failures of the 19th Century. Other equally notable laces made at this time were Carrickmacross, another embroidered lace, Youghal needle lace and Irish (relief) crochet.

Edith was married in Cork, Ireland, in 1906 and came out to Australia with her husband George six years later. The donor was then six months old. George Georgeson was taking up a position with the Commonwealth Oil Refineries and the family settled in Sydney.
This narrow looped edging, was made in imitation of the hand worked looped or 'picoted' edging of bobbin and some needle laces. Many early machine laces had this kind of edging attached separately before machines were invented which could integrate the picoted edge with the body of the lace.
This machine made finishing lace edging is part of a collection of lace and patterns that the donor's mother, a professional lacemaker in County Cork, brought to Australia in 1912.

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Description
Lace edging (2), machine made, [cotton] / paper, maker unknown, used for finishing the edge of Limerick lace, Ireland, 1900-1912

Two lengths of narrow looped edging, possibly cotton, wound onto sheets of cream card.

Made: Ireland; 1900 - 1912
Marks
No marks.
2007/186/4
Production date
1900 - 1912

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Mrs Jean Wood, 2007
Subjects
+ Migration
+ Lacemaking
+ Domestic needlework
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