Monogrammed Tablecloth

Description
The center of this fine linen tablecloth is decorated with three small monograms "EW" and scroll designs. EW most likely stands for Ella Whitlock, the wife of the American Envoy to Belgium. Mrs. Brand Whitlock worked tirelessly on behalf of the Belgian lace makers during World War I.
The eight and one-half inch wide border on the tablecloth is executed in Point de Paris bobbin lace with symmetrical floral designs of roses and edelweiss, the favorite flowers of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Belgian lace makers made this tablecloth during World War I.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
table topper
war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1914-1919
described
Whitlock, Ella Brainerd
maker
unknown
Physical Description
linen (center material)
cotton (part: outside edge, lace material)
cotton (monogram material)
embroidery (center production method/technique)
bobbin lace, Point de Paris (part: border production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in; 91.44 cm
place made
België: Vlaanderen, Turnhout
ID Number
TE*E383964
catalog number
E383964
accession number
172208
subject
Lace
European History
Cotton
Embroidery
related event
World War I
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
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Lace
War Laces
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Vicomtesse de Beughem
similar type referenced
Kellogg, Charlotte (Hoffman). Bobbins of Belgium: A Book of Belgian Lace, Lace-Workers, Lace-Schools and Lace-Villages
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