Augusta-Virginia Banner Panel

Description
This square panel with a Point de Venise needle lace center depicts cherubs holding a banner with the inscription “AUGUSTA-VIRGINIA”. The donor’s mother Augusta Virginia Mitchell owned the lace. Her daughter, the Vicomtesse de Beughem, was one of four women in charge of the Lace Committee during World War I and possibly commissioned it for her mother.
Another possibility for the Augusta-Virginia inscription might be to honor the 116th Infantry Regiment from Augusta, Virginia, who fought in the battle of Meuse-Argonne, France in November 1918.
The center is designed by the Belgian painter Maria de Rudder and symbolizes the children of Holland sprinkling the Belgian children with flowers of abundance. For the matching pillow sham see TE*T14468B. Both were made by Belgian lace makers during World War I.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
decorative panel
war lace
lace, war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1915-1918
described
Mitchell, Augusta Virginia
maker
unknown
designer of center motif
de Rudder, Maria
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
needle lace (overall production method/technique)
bobbin and needle lace (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 56 in x 56 in; 142.24 cm x 142.24 cm
place made
Belgium
ID Number
TE*T14468A
catalog number
T14468A
accession number
276575
subject
War Laces
Textiles
Lace
World War I
Government, Politics, and Reform
European History
Art
Textiles
Lace
War Laces
event
World War I
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Lace
War Laces
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Lewis Einstein and her sister 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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