Amoy Lace Guild Bobbin Lace Sample


This sample of handmade Chinese made torchon bobbin lace edging is labeled as costing “$.25 per yard in US gold” and is made of linen. It was acquired from the Amoy Lace Guild, Amoy (Xiamen), China, through Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce in 1913. The Amoy Lace Guild was established by missionaries in 1885 as a charitable organization to provide a source of income to indigent Chinese women and children. Patterns and linen thread was imported from England and Ireland. Lace from the Amoy Lace Guild won a silver medal at the St. Louis exposition in 1904. This sample has roseground, spiders, half stitch trails, and Spanish fans

Date Made: 1900-1912

Maker: Amoy Lace Guild

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: China: Fujian, Xiamen

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Credit Line: Amoy Lace Guild, Amoy, China, through Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce.1913

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T00949Catalog Number: T00949.000Accession Number: 55643

Object Name: Lacelace, sampleObject Type: lace

Physical Description: bobbin lace, torchon (overall production method/technique)linen (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 7/8 in x 3 1/2 in; x 22.5425 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_623963

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