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Object ID # 1959.036.005
Object Name Handkerchief
Title Battenburg Lace and Silk Handkerchief
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Silk handkerchief, with Battenburg lace trim. The silk is ivory-coloured, and is very fine. Its edges are cut-out to accommodate the shape of the lace. The lace is also ivory-coloured, and is made from thin thread tapes which are arranged in various shapes and decorated with needleworked fillings. Along the edges are loops and circles, and in the four corners are shamrocks. In some loops, there are designs resembling a spider's web.
Provenance The precise age of this handkerchief is not known, but it is likely a late 19th-century (1890s?) or early 20th-century item, as Battenburg lace items were very popular then.

Collection Personal Gear
Material Silk/Lace/Thread
Dimensions W-21 L-21 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function This is a handkerchief that would be carried by a female. Battenburg (Battenberg) lace is also called "Tape Lace" or "Irish Lace" and was popular in the 1890s and early 20th-century.