I inherited this shawl and am a complete beginner in lace knowledge. I appreciate that there are knowledgeable and generous people here to help me identify it. I have pictures of every section, but didn't think you would need those.

I am guessing the shawl was bought on a European trip in the early 1900s. It seems to be silk.

Any suggestions or reference on repair and care would also be appreciated.





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What a pretty shawl! It looks to me like good quality machine-made lace. The detail photo makes this clear--in the solid areas, threads in one direction go over and under straight threads in the other direction. At a larger scale, this gives the appearance of uniform parallel lines in the solid areas. At the edge of the solid areas, the thicker outlining thread doesn't precisely follow the edge, so the solid area sort of sticks out in areas. There are a number of other features in the fillings but are harder to describe, so I'll leave all to Lorelei if she wants. :-)

Is this what they call 'Blonde Silk' - that is usually black?

This below is an example of Blonde -- a lace similar, but not identical to, Bucks point, Bayeux, white Chantilly, and other "point ground laces". It was usually made in cream colored silk. Chantilly was usually made in black silk, although "white Chantilly" also exists.


I think your piece is machine lace made to imitate Blonde. In yours, the solid areas don't look right and the ground, with its decorations, doesn't look right.

Here are 3 examples of hand made blonde.




In your piece the dense areas show a strong vertical stripe effect. Hand made cloth stitch would be equally dense in both directions, horizontal and vertical.

Here is a link to my pinterest board of point ground lace. You will have to look at the verbal descriptions to see my identifications. It includes Chantilly and Blonde, as well as other point ground laces.

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/pointgroundbobbinlace/ ;

Here is your piece, with comments.

The red areas are supposed to imitate cloth stitch, but these areas have vertical ridges that the hand made version does not have.

The blue ring shows a less dense area, which I think was intended to imitate half stitch, but doesn't look like half stitch.

The green area is the ground.


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