The EAC Heritage Collection has a wide variety of textiles.This particular piece is one of three handkerchiefs donated by the Regina Historical Society.  Learn more about the collection on the EAC website.

Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

TITLE: Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

SIZE: 37 cm X 37 cm

Accession Number: EAC-2010-10

DESCRIPTION: “This elaborate handkerchief was created by making the different motifs separately and then joining them together through the use of plaits or picot plaits.  The inner edge consists of a traditional cucumber foot edge.  The 4 corner roses have a Tally 4 pin filling for the centers.  Leaves are either a 3 petal clover motif or a multi fingered rose leaf.  Rather than stoppings and starting motifs, threads have been bundled and carried across parts of the design so that the worker could continue on in their work.  One can also see on the multi fingered leaf, where threads have been bundled down the edge of the segment and used to create an attempt at a three dimensional effect.”

close-up of the hand made lace edging on a cotton handkerchief
Handkerchief  Detail


MATERIALS: fine lawn and cotton threads

HISTORY: donated by the Government House Historical Society (Regina)

CONDITION: very good

TREATMENT: wash in Orvus and store in acid free conditions

Learn more about Honiton lace on Wikipedia. For more about Duchesse lace, check Encyclopedia Britannica and the bobbin lace entry on Wikipedia.

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