Historical information

This is a broad (6.5cm) machine made lace with an undulating garland pattern for a length of 93cm.

Lace was always an expensive luxury item and was time consuming in its manufacture. With the advent of machine made net in 1809 and the eventual development of more detailed machine made lace, which by 1870 could imitate all types of handmade lace, it could be made much more quickly and in larger quantities and was therefore cheaper and more accessible to everyone. This piece resembles a fine needlepoint lace such as Alençon.


The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929

Physical description

Broad machine made lace trim with wavy pattern