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Object ID # 1955.010.002
Object Name Lambrequin
Title Crazy Work Shelf Drape
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 19th-century?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Hand-made silk patchwork with feather stitching shelf drape, 19th-century-looking. Each of the three scallops at the front is decorated with a tassel at the bottom. "AK" is embroidered and likely was the initials of the maker. Feather-stitching embroidery was often done on crazy quilts, and this shelf drape has a pieced crazy work design, while the top edge is plain brown velvet.
Provenance This shelf drape was used either in Owen Sound or Grey County, Ontario in the past, but it is not known which family owned it. It looks like it would date to the late 19th-century?
Collection Textiles, Household Linens Collection
Material Velvet/Fabrics/Silk/Embroidery Thread/Thread/Dyes
Dimensions W-47 L-31.2 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects Folk Art
Function Kitchens and parlours used to have small bracket shelves on the walls for holding clocks, candlesticks, etc. Shelf drapes were often hand-made to add a decorative element to these shelves.