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Augusta-Virginia Banner Panel

Augusta-Virginia Banner Panel

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This square panel with a Point de Venise needle lace center depicts cherubs holding a banner with the inscription “AUGUSTA-VIRGINIA”. The donor’s mother Augusta Virginia Mitchell owned the lace. Her daughter, the Vicomtesse de Beughem, was one of four women in charge of the Lace Committee during World War I and possibly commissioned it for her mother.
Another possibility for the Augusta-Virginia inscription might be to honor the 116th Infantry Regiment from Augusta, Virginia, who fought in the battle of Meuse-Argonne, France in November 1918.
The center is designed by the Belgian painter Maria de Rudder and symbolizes the children of Holland sprinkling the Belgian children with flowers of abundance. For the matching pillow sham see TE*T14468B. Both were made by Belgian lace makers during World War I.
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Object Name
decorative panel
war lace
lace, war lace
Object Type
made during
Mitchell, Augusta Virginia
designer of center motif
de Rudder, Maria
place made
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
needle lace (overall production method/technique)
bobbin and needle lace (overall production method/technique)
overall: 56 in x 56 in; 142.24 cm x 142.24 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Lewis Einstein and her sister Vicomtesse de Beughem
World War I
European History
World War I
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Government, Politics, and Reform
War Laces
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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