Wedding Veil of Princess Stéphanie of Belgium

Description
This wedding veil was designed and made for Princess Stéphanie of Belgium for her wedding to Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in 1881. The Hapsburg-Lothringen shield dominates the center back of the veil, while the coat-of-arms of Belgium is in the center of the garland of 21 coats-of-arms along the border with Belgian province shields on one side and the Austro-Hungarian on the other. The name "Leon Sacré" and "Bruxelles 1880" are worked in needlepoint by the central border motif of the Belgian Lion. The veil is made in fine Brussels Point de Gaze needle lace embellished with elaborate ferns, lilies, roses and other flowers on a gossamer fine handmade ground powdered with tiny dots. Queen Henriette commissioned Leon Sacré to design the veil for her daughter to be made by the best lace makers in Belgium. It was a wedding gift from the city of Brussels
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
lace, veil
Object Type
lace
date made
1880
used date
1881-05-10
1927-01-27
associated date
1964-06-18
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
Point de Gaze needlelace (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 123 in x 100 in; 312.42 cm x 254 cm
made at
Belgium
ID Number
TE*T13491
catalog number
T13491
accession number
254382
subject
Weddings
Adornment
Clothing & Accessories
Costume
Cotton
Family & Social Life
Lace
Lace Making
Textiles
Cotton
Needle Lace
Lace
Textiles
Lace
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Lace
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1964
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