Historical information

Torchon lace, also known as ‘beggars’ lace is one of the simplest forms of bobbin lace. This lace trim length (3cm x 65cm) which was hand made, is off-white in colour. The thread used is thicker than that used on the finer needlepoint laces and was originally worked in linen although cotton was also used. Due to its strength and softness it was favoured to be used as a trim on undergarments.


The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929

Physical description

length of lace trim, off-white colour; hand-made Torchon (duster) lace; used on underwear