Mythical Motifs Bedcover

Description
Twenty-five squares with mythical motifs were assembled to make this bedcover. Seven different fantastical needle lace motifs are repeated one to five times. The bedcover is assembled from different types of bobbin and needle lace. The geometric point de Venise style needle lace border is stitched together in the corners. Insertions of Brussels style bobbin lace connected with Alençon style needle lace mesh separate the various motifs. The donor identified this as lace made by Belgian lace makers during World War I.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
bed cover
quilt top
war lace
lace, war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1914-1919
maker
unknown
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
lace, bobbin lace, needle lace (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 88 in x 88 in; 223.52 cm x 223.52 cm
each needle lace square: 27 cm x 27 cm; 10 5/8 in x 10 5/8 in
place made
Belgium
ID Number
TE*T14502
catalog number
T14502
accession number
273245
subject
War Laces
Cotton
Textiles
Lace
Government, Politics, and Reform
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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