Another hanky ....I am thinking possibly Maltese?  

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No, not Maltese--it doesn't have the very distinctive Maltese cross nor large areas of leaves. Again I'd say it was machine-made based on the extent to which the lines and edging look like sort of messy embroidery, but that may be the focus in the picture. I'm not sure on this one.

Nancy, I will try to get a better closeup tomorrow. 

Nancy A. Neff said:

No, not Maltese--it doesn't have the very distinctive Maltese cross nor large areas of leaves. Again I'd say it was machine-made based on the extent to which the lines and edging look like sort of messy embroidery, but that may be the focus in the picture. I'm not sure on this one.

The Maltese love their Maltese crosses, don't they! My inclination is that it's hand-made but a bit sloppy. The headsides are what I call scallops (which probably isn't their correct term, but they look like scallops!) That's a headside which I would associate with Torchon lace, in which case it could come from anywhere! There are broad short petals which you get in Maltese but not very many of them. Could it be a modernish Maltese - a rushed job for the tourist trade?

For Maltese mats, see

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/maltese2.htm

A modern Torchon lace mat (from near Santiago, Spain)

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/lace1.htm

The middle is drawn work, where you take out threads from normal fabric and play around with the rest! I haven't got very good examples of drawn work, but see

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/drawn.htm

(look at the middles, not the lace round the edges).

I'm not an expert myself, so if anyone wants to comment on my examples, feel free!

The central part is embroidery on woven cloth (those star like shapes in the corners). The edging is what I would call torchon, structurally. It is in bad shape, probably due to being carelessly washed and not properly blocked while wet. The tallies look to me like sloppy handmade leaf tallies. The rose ground is a bit peculiar. I don't see anything that suggests Maltese. The thread looks to be some wretched cotton, not silk (as most Maltese were).  Properly dampened and blocked it might look better.

Jo - some of your Maltese examples may not be Maltese, but look more like generic Cluny to me. It is hard to be sure about anything if it doesn't have the Maltese cross.

Again good photos. Here both the pulled-thread work in the center and the bobbin-lace are both definitely handmade. Neither is particularly well done, but I think that Lorelei is right, that probably the bobbin-lace isn't helped any by having been roughly washed and then not pinned out properly to dry.

Thank you Nancy.  I will have a go at wetting and drying it to give it a better shape.  That should improve the appearance hopefully because I have two identical.
Nancy A. Neff said:

Again good photos. Here both the pulled-thread work in the center and the bobbin-lace are both definitely handmade. Neither is particularly well done, but I think that Lorelei is right, that probably the bobbin-lace isn't helped any by having been roughly washed and then not pinned out properly to dry.

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