Handkerchief with lace trim - ROM2008_9891_21


Handkerchief with lace trim

Medium:Linen tabby, needle reticella with bobbin lace border
Geography: Italy
Date: first half of the 17th century
55 x 55 cm
Object number: 911.2.36
Credit Line: Samuel Chick Collection, Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
Not on view
DescriptionSince the 16th century, handkerchiefs have been a fashion accessory of such importance, reflecting taste and status, that they were often featured in portraits. They also document society's attitudes towards cleanliness and hygiene. Such costly items were recorded in household inventories along with other lace-trimmed linens. This linen square is adorned with a wide band of reticella lace (one of the earliest forms of needle lace) that is built upon a grid of plaited threads.
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