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


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.

Date Made: 1785-1795Lacemaker Using Pillow: 1767-1862Used: 1789-17901785-1862

Maker: Lakeman, Elizabeth Lord

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Maine, HallowellUnited States: Massachusetts, IpswichOrigin Of Objects: United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich

Subject: CottonLaceLace MakingBobbin Lace


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Walter DuBois Brookings, 1948

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.E386685Catalog Number: E386685Accession Number: 180233

Object Name: pillow, lacelace pillow, lacelace pillow, lace, pattern

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 cmbobbins: 4 3/4 in x 7/8 in; 12.065 cm x 2.2225 cmoverall, pattern: 31 in x 1 3/8 in; 78.74 cm x 3.4925 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-5ebd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_644978

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