#2073  Embroidered Lace Stole  c. 1910


Antique white cotton net, cotton embroidery floss.

Condition: Excellent. No stains or repairs; 3 or 4 tiny breaks in background net.

Measurements: 17.5" x 104".

Comments: At a glance this looks to be a piece of prohibitively expensive point de gaz needle lace, favored by the wealthy after the mid 19th C. A closer inspection reveals that tambour, or chain-stitch, embroidery has created the stole's floral lace design. The multi-layered three dimensional petals on the rose motifs closely resemble that same characteristic detail on the hand made needle lace. Today this lovely lace accessory could be worn as a summer stole, a scarf, or a wedding veil.