Ipswich Bobbin Lace Pillow With Bobbins, Pattern, and Lace From Ipswich, Massachusetts

Description
Mrs. Elizabeth Lord Lakeman, who was born 1767 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and died 1862 in Hallowell, Maine used this pillow, pattern and bobbins to make bobbin lace most of her life. Mrs. Lakeman most likely made Ipswich lace in the late 1780's and 1790's during the peak of the Ipswich lace industry. The pillow is stuffed with sea-grass or straw and the parchment pattern has holes pricked for the lace. The bobbins are whittled from bamboo, other reeds, or wood. The current pattern and lace on the pillow are from around 1860.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1785-1795
lacemaker using pillow
1767-1862
used
1789-1790
1785-1862
maker
Lakeman, Elizabeth Lord
place made
United States: Maine, Hallowell
United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich
origin of objects
United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich
Physical Description
parchment (pattern material)
cotton (lace material)
metal (pins material)
cotton (cover of pillow material)
straw (stuffing material)
linen (inside cover of pillow material)
bobbin lace (lace production method/technique)
wood and reeds (bobbins material)
Measurements
overall, circumference: 29 1/2 in x 8 in; 74.93 cm x 20.32 cm
bobbins: 4 3/4 in x 7/8 in; 12.065 cm x 2.2225 cm
overall, pattern: 31 in x 1 3/8 in; 78.74 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
TE.E386685
catalog number
E386685
accession number
180233
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Walter DuBois Brookings, 1948
subject
Cotton
Lace
Lace Making
Bobbin Lace
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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