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Object ID # 1957.024.030
Object Name Pattern
Title Unfinished Batternburg Lace Still On its Pattern Piece
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Unfinished Battenburg lace piece on a pale pink fabric ground. The pink ground has "671" in black ink. "D.P.2712" and "10 cents" is also pencilled on. One of the circular areas of the pattern has "200" marked on an angle.
Provenance Battenburg lace was popular c. 1890 - 1900.

Formerly belonged to Helen Carrie (neƩ Reid), who married Gideon Carrie in the 1850s. The Carrie family farmed in Sydenham Township, Grey County. One of the Carrie daughters married John McQuaker of Owen Sound, Grey County, and the bib was passed down to her, and then to her daughter, Mrs. Frank Smith.
Collection Textiles, Needlework & Accessories Collection
Material Cotton/Lace/Ink/Lead (pencil marks)
Dimensions W-34 L-9 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function Lacemakers who did Battenburg (Battenberg) lace purchased pre-printed fabric pattern pieces (sometimes from mail-order catalogues). They would then baste some braid to the pattern to form the outline of the lace. The open areas were then filled, using various needle-worked stitches (called filling stitches). When the lace piece was complete, the basting threads were snipped and the Battenburg lace was freed from the pattern, which could be re-used.