Sample book of Machine made lace; J. Gaillard, France; late 19th C.

Sample book of Machine made lace; J. Gaillard, France; late 19th C.

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A sample book of machine-made lace, French, 2nd half 19th century. From: J. Gaillard, Pere et Fils. Saint-Pierre-lez-Calais, France. Blue cloth covered volume, 19.25” L x 12” W x ¾” D; Embossed gold lettering and border on front cover. Interior of 26 blue paper leaves with pasted in samples of machine-made lace in various styles, sizes, mostly black or white. More than one sample per page; each paper leaf has samples on both sides. Each sample has a small paper tag in the upper right corner with a style number and price per yard. Exquisite examples of Leavers-machine made lace trimmings for apparel and furnishing uses. The U.S. Leavers lace industry grew after the tariff on imported Leavers machines was removed for several months by the Payne-Aldrich Tariff of 1909.
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Object Name
lace, sample book
date made
place made
France: Hauts-de-France, Calais
France: Hauts-de-France, Calais
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
machine made lace (overall production method/technique)
overall: 19 1/4 in x 12 in x 1 in; 48.895 cm x 30.48 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Carol Watson
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National Museum of American History
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