Hello:

I am trying to determine what exactly this is and am hoping for assistance.

What I know is that the center pieces were from a wedding dress, date unknown. It was cut into pieces creating a Normandy lace doily, place mats and one long table runner (71 x 13).

My thought is that the net is machine made along with the trims. The center dress lace portions are the special part. I think it is needle lace, rather resembling Irish crochet, but it doesn't seem to be crochet. My thought is that it may be rose point. I am so new to this I really cannot say for sure, or what the obvious things are that point me in the right direction.

I thank you very much!

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My guess is Chemical Lace (sometimes referred to as Schiffli Lace). See
http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/needlemac.htm

Thank you kindly for your response.

Would there be anything to look for to try to date the central portions? My guess is the late 1800s to early 1900s, but it is just a guess.

Thank you!

I'm not an expert! So I can't date it for you. Wikipedia has a bit about it:
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_lace
That says that the Schiffi machines came in late 19C. You can tell Chemical lace because the threads look fuzzy. It's made by embroidering onto material which subsequently gets removed - originally by putting the whole thing in a chemical bath, which dissolved away the backing material and just left the embroidery. I guess that bits of the fabric get left, which accounts for the fuzzy look. I can't see that in yours, but the patterns looks similar to those on my website (address given above).

I agree with Jo. I also think it is chemical lace. That form of machine lace can make very good copies, particularly it can imitate the style of various laces. I have a few images on my website which shows how this can be. Your example appears to imitate Irish crochet. The photos below are thumbnails. Click on each image to see the full size.

http://lynxlace.com/compare.html#irish%20chem 

Thank you very much for the information and direction to take to learn more - it is greatly appreciated!

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