Allied Nations Tablecloth

Description
This tablecloth is embellished with padded satin stitch embroidery and Point de Venise style needle lace. The center insets feature the coats-of-arms of the Allies: Romania, Belgium, Montenegro, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Serbia, Italy, France, and Portugal. The triangular insets with oak leaves and acorn motifs symbolize strength and endurance.
Embroidered around the border is “1914 A MRS BRAND WHITLOCK 1915 1916 HOMMAGE RECONNAISSANT DES DENTELLIERES BELGES 1917” (1914 to Mrs. Brand Whitlock 1915 1916 grateful tribute from the Belgian lace makers 1917). The lace and embroidery was made by Belgian women during World War I.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
tablecloth
war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1917-1918
part of design
1915
1916
1917
made during
1918
part of design
1914
described
Whitlock, Ella Brainerd
maker
unknown
Physical Description
linen (weaving material)
cotton (needle lace, embroidery material)
needle lace (overall production method/technique)
embroidery, cut work (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 76 1/2 in x 45 in; 194.31 cm x 114.3 cm
place made
Belgium
depicted
Belgium
România
Srbija-Crna Gora: Montenegro
Japan
Russia
United Kingdom
Srbija-Crna Gora: Serbia
Italy
France
Portugal
ID Number
TE*E383960
catalog number
E383960
accession number
172208
subject
War Laces
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Lace
Government, Politics, and Reform
Embroidery
coat-of-arms
European History
Textiles
Lace
War Laces
event
World War I
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Lace
War Laces
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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