Belgian War Lace pillow top with American Eagle, 1915-16

Belgian War Lace pillow top with American Eagle, 1915-16

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Description
This panel was specifically designed to express appreciation to the Americans for their help during World War I. The entire panel was executed in fine Valenciennes style bobbin lace by Belgian lace makers. The American Eagle in the center is flanked by the coats-of-arms of Belgium and the municipality of Ruysselede (Ruiselede) in West Flanders. The inscription “AAN DE VEREENIGDE STATEN” (to the United States) is worked into the lace in the top border. “1914 HULDE EN DANK 1915” (1914 honor and thank you 1915) enhances the bottom border. The side borders contain the words “BELGIE” and “RUYSSELEDE” surrounded by floral designs.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
table runner
war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1915-1916
part of design
1915
1914
maker
unknown
place made
Belgium
name and municipal shield part of design
Belgium: Flanders, Ruiselede
great seal part of design
United States
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
bobbin lace, Valenciennes style (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 19 in x 11 in; 48.26 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
TE.E383967
catalog number
E383967
accession number
172208
Credit Line
Gift of Vicomtesse de Beughem
subject
Lace
European History
coat-of-arms
Cotton
World War I
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Lace
War Laces
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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