Antique Handkerchiefs ~ Fragile Beauty

I blog a lot about antique handkerchiefs because I think they are breathtaking. The amount of workmanship that went into hand-making these pieces of art is astounding. I am, by no means, an expert on types of lace, but I believe this is a combination of tape lace and bobbin lace:

Bobbin lace hand-made in the late 1800s or early 1900s

Bobbin lace hand-made in the mid 1800s

It’s beautiful, don’t you think?  Here’s another photo with a closer look at this gorgeous handkerchief:

Hand-made bobbin lace c. late 1800s early 1900s

Hand-made bobbin lace c. mid-1800s

Now I’ll tell you a little bit about its provenance. I purchased approximately 18 handkerchiefs from a representative of a 90-year old woman. She told the representative that HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER MADE them!  That means the handkerchiefs were made in the mid-1800s. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was for me when the package containing the handkerchiefs arrived. Holding something so delicate and historic and marveling at the workmanship was a treat! I couldn’t wait to share some of the photos with you. Here’s another one:

Hand~made lace handkerchief c. 1840

Hand~made lace handkerchief c. 1840

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I’ll have more information on the bobbin lace technique in my next post. Be sure to stop by and visit me at AllVintageHankies.etsy.com   Have an elegant day!  xo