Helen Louise Allen textile Collection



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Date: 1914-1918
Country: Belgium
Continent: Europe
Technique: needle lace
Material: cotton or linen
Dimensions: 7 x 7 in. (17 x 17 cm)
Credit: Gift from the Estate of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kohler
Accession Number: 1991.22.001b

Comments: Very fine, highly detailed needle lace mat featuring an eagle grasping six arrows in one claw and a laurel branch in the other, with a field of thirteen stars above.  At center there is a shield with a solid field above and a striped field in the lower area. The feathers and leaves are worked in closed and open buttonhole stitch, and outlined in cordonnet. Negative spaces are filled with a large hexagonal mesh ground in buttonhole stitch and picotage.  

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Virginia Churchill Bath. Lace. Penguin Books. Middlesex, England , 1974. Page Number: 54-62.
  • Anchor Manual of Needlework. B.T. Batsford, LTD. London , 1958. Page Number: 291.
  • Therese de Dillmont. Encyclopedia of Needle Work. , 0. Page Number: 545-603.

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