1895 Wedding Handkerchief

All the news this morning seems to be obsessed with the British Royal wedding, so I’m going to continue the theme with photos of my great-great grandmother’s 1895 wedding handkerchief. Isn’t it incredible?

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22 Responses to 1895 Wedding Handkerchief

  1. meri says:

    What a treasure, Hannah! Beautiful!

  2. More lace than fabric – astonishing. Do you know much about it?

  3. cynthiagilbreth says:

    This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Annabelle says:

    That is so incredibly beautiful and such fine work that when I looked at the first picture I was staring at it for several minutes because it didn’t register as ‘lace’ but as some kind of puffed work-I was looking at the negative, white spaces as some kind of trapunto work! Then when I went to the next picture I realized it was needle lace. I’ve never seen such an abundance of that work in one piece. My great aunt showed me once how she worked hers over a pattern, but it was maybe 1/2 inch wide and the thread was twice as thick. It is truly a treasure and I hope you can tell us all about it.

  5. Erica Marsden says:

    What an exquisite heirloom. Not sure how practical it would have been but what such a treasure for you to cherish.

  6. Annabelle says:

    I think they tucked it in the sleeve of their wedding dress, and in some cultures, if the families had money, they tied their engagement rings in the middle first and then made a great show of taking the ring out of the handkerchief and putting it back on after the wedding. I remember reading somewhere that it was made by the mother-in-law for the bride, and showed how her new family valued her. Scandinavian and Northern European I believe. If that’s true, your GGGrandmother must have been a wonder!

  7. Elmsley Rose says:

    Oh wow!

    I had a similar piece inherited from my Gran, tho much bigger, and much less needlelace. I used the linen middle to embroider a L&S piece. Would you consider embroidering the centre of this piece? Or is it too precious, and you want to leave it as it is?

    • Hannah says:

      No, I don’t think so – it’d be difficult to be sure that it would equal the rest of the handkerchief. I’d hate to mess it up – it’s not like I can get another one.

  8. Jacqui says:

    Hello Hannah
    I’ve just seen this beautiful handkerchief and it looks to me to have been made with bobbins because the little leaves/petals are the same that I do in Bedfordshire lace. Having said that, it they could have also been created by needle weaving.
    It’s very beautiful anyway.

  9. Alia says:

    OH MY GOD!! Its sooooo beautiful!

    Alia
    http://aliascreativelife.blogspot.com/

  10. Nancy Marks says:

    What an elegant heirloom you have possession of. Thanks for sharing pictures of your grandmother’s lovely works. She was a very talented lady.

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