Ipswich Bobbin Lace Pattern From Late 1700's

Description
The Ipswich lace industry used patterns such as this linen pasteboard pricking in the late 1700's. The pattern corresponds to one of the black silk lace samples sent to Alexander Hamilton in 1791 as samples of an important handmade industry in Ipswich, Massachusetts. In 1789-1790 600 lace makers made and sold close to 42,000 yards of lace in one year. The samples are preserved among Alexander Hamilton's papers in the Library of Congress. A copy made from this pattern was used for the reproduction of an Ipswich lace in the "Within These Walls..." exhibit in 2001.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1780-1789
Associated Date
1789-1790
referenced
Lakeman, Elizabeth Lord
Hamilton, Alexander
maker
unknown
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich
pattern used in
United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich
Physical Description
linen pastebaord (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 77.1525 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
TE.E386686
catalog number
E386686
accession number
180233
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Walter DuBois Brookings
subject
Lace
Lace Making
Linen
Lace Making Pattern
Bobbin Lace
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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