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Bobbin Lace Sample Made in China

Bobbin Lace Sample Made in China

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This sample of handmade torchon bobbin lace edging has motifs with spiders, Spanish fans, and half stitch trails. It was made at the Amoy Lace Guild in China and sold for twenty cents per yard in US gold 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace, sample
Object Type
date made
Amoy Lace Guild
place made
China: Fujian, Xiamen
Physical Description
bobbin lace, torchon (overall production method/technique)
linen (overall material)
overall: 9 in x 1 1/4 in; x 22.86 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Amoy Lace Guild, Amoy, China, through Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce.1913
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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