American, Belgian and Whitlock Family Symbols Tablecloth

Description
This round tablecloth is decorated with the American and Belgian shields, and the Whitlock family crest. Mr. Brand Whitlock was the American envoy and later ambassador to Belgium from 1914 to 1921. Mrs. Brand Whitlock worked tirelessly on behalf of the Belgian lace makers during World War I.
The center of the tablecloth is Old Flanders style bobbin lace with needle lace ground. The same lace pattern is used in TE*T14468A and TE*T14468B. A wide border of point de Venise style needle lace surrounds the four shields. 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
1914-1918
described
Whitlock, Ella Brainerd
referenced
Whitlock, Brand
facilitator
Hoover, Herbert
maker
unknown
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
bobbin and needle laces (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 28 1/2 in; 72.39 cm
place made
Belgium
national seal depicted
Belgium
national emblem depicted
United States
ID Number
TE*E383963
catalog number
E383963
accession number
172208
subject
War Laces
Textiles
Lace
Government, Politics, and Reform
Domestic Furnishings
European History
coat-of-arms
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 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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