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In this website you can find lace from the 16th century: cutwork and pulled threadwork, punto in aria to finest Venetian needlepoint and outstanding Flemish lace. Then there are the examples of magnificent French lace such as point de France, Alencon, Argentan, Argentella and of course point de Sedan to mention just a few. You may also find  eighteenth century delicate Brussels lace and the extravagant point de gaze 0f the 19th century. Many more examples of delightful laces such as Honiton and Buckingham in England, also Ireland with its famous lace schools of the 19th century produce many examples of wonderful lace.
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We have many samples of lace not displayed on our website. Should you require a piece for study purposes or to fit in your collection please contact us.

A long and completed length of fine Reticella? work lace probably late 17th century. It measures: 305 x 11cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. K65.4
Price: 375 GBP

 

 

A fine bobbin lace Vandyke border circa 1600-1620, it measures: 145 x 10cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. K46.4 J A
Price: 875 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. K46.5 J.S. is a two sides of a cover (i.e. one corner) border of Reticella work, it is a very exquisite and fine work, not sure of the period, but it is priced according to the very fine work. It measures: 115cms to its V or 230cms from end to end by 14cms. Sold  Price: 625

 

A very beautiful and complete panel of 17th century lace possibly English, showing scrolls and many flowers included daffodils. It measures: 84 x 76cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. K40.1
Price: 875 GBP
  

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. K37.1JO is an 18th Flemish alb flounce. It measures: 344 x 34cms. Condition: good, but two small age stains in the folds. Sold  Price: 725

 

A small fragment of 17th century burato embroidered work, with multi-coloured silks. It measures: 40 x 20cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. K26.4JS
Price: 125 GBP

 

A long flounce of Flemish lace circa 1700. It measures: 310 x 39cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. K20.10
Price: 875 GBP

 

An attractive shawl made with 18th century Brabant lace. It measures: 215 x 64cms. Condition: minor damage.
Antique lace page one - stock no. K18.7
Price: 580 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. K10.4 is a beautiful large length of 18th century Brabant lace flounce. It measures: 230 x 74cms. Condition: good. Sold  Price: 875

 

A beautiful and large 18th century Brabant lace flounce showing a variety of flowers and fruits. It measures: 320 x 64cms. condition: a few minor faults.
 Antique lace page one - stock no. H71.1 Price: 750 GBP

 

 Beautiful flounce of 17th/18th century Flemish or Milanese lace, showing many animals and birds. It measures: 300 x 32cms. Condition: Minor faults.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H85.6
Price: 1600 GBP

 

 

Beautiful length of Milanese 17th century lace. It measures: 320 x 31cms. Condition: one small tear and a few age spots.
Antique lace page one - stock no. J2.3
Price: 850 GBP

 

A long length of 18th century Brabant lace. It measures: 450 x 28cms. Condition: a few age stains.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H71.2
Price: 300 GBP

 

An early 18th century very large flounce of Brussels/Flemish lace dating from around 1700.  This enormous flounce is similar in design to what is known as candelabra design. It measures: 400 x 62cms. Condition: minor damage one or two small tears.
Antique lace page one - stock no. F29.1
Price: 1650 GBP

 

A large flounce of very beautiful  Brussels/Flemish bobbin lace dating from around 1700.  This type of lace is very similar in design  to point de France. It measure: 390 x 27cms  condition the first 290cms is in good condition perhaps minor breaks. There is approximately 30cms in length of damage towards the end of the flounce  in the last 100cms.  
Antique lace page one - stock no. C68.1
Price: 1200 GBP

 

Part of a late 17th early 18th century  handkerchief surround. Each side measures: 49 x 8cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no.J34.8
Price: 85 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no.J34.9 is an 17th century handkerchief surround. Each side measures: 58 x 5cms. Sold  Price: 175

 

Two length of lace possibly Antwerp? Each length measures: 115 x 6cms.
 Antique lace page one - stock no.J34.10 Sold  Price: 85

 

 

A length of Flemish or Milanese lace. It measures: 200 x 7cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. J34.11
Price: 75 GBP

 

A length of Flemish or Milanese lace. It measures: 250 x 9cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. J34.12
Price: 55 GBP

 

A pair of 18th century Brabant lace cuffs. Each folded in two measures: 30 x 15cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. J34.13
Price: 75 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. J34.14 is a collar made of 17th century Milanese lace. at the V end it measures: 28cms. Sold  Price: 125

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. J6.S.J3 is a length of scallop-edged bobbin lace circa 1630s Italian or Flemish. It measures: 75 x 14cms. Condition: minor faults. Sold Price: 650

 

A  lace panel showing the entrance of a hunting lodge. It measures: 87 x 26cms. Condition: minor damage (see photos)
Antique lace page one - stock no. H85.7
Price: 975 GBP

 

A beautiful length of 18th century Flemish? lace. It measures: 240 x 13cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H85.10
Price: 675 GBP

 

A length of 18th century Brabant. Condition: some joints repairs and stains (see photos) It measures: 290 x 24cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H68.7
Price: 280 GBP

 

A length of late 17th/early 18th century Flemish lace. This lace is made possibly to go around an alter cloth with a border on three sides. It measures: 214 x 37cms. Condition: minor faults.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H66.9
Price: 275 GBP

 

A large panel of early 18th century Flemish lace. It measures: 90 x 60cms. condition; good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H66.10
Price: 175 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. H66.6 is a very interesting length of 17th century lace. We are not sure if it is Flemish, Danish, or Italian. It measures: 430 x 10cms. condition: good. Sold  Price: 750

 

A length of 17th century cutwork and plaited (partly) border. It measures: 108 x 8cms with border. Condition: Minor faults.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H44.4
Price: 175 GBP

 

A magnificent and fine late 17th century Milanese bar ground lace. It measures: 100 x 15cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C29.11
Price: 580

 

A length of possibly Flemish late 17th early 18th century lace. It measures: 350 x 19cms. condition: good with a golden colour.
Antique lace page one - stock no. F28.7
Price: 550 GBP

 

A very beautiful and unusual piece of Flemish or Milanese lace dating from 17th early 18th century. It is more likely to be Flemish. It measures: 240 x 22cms. Condition: good.
 Antique lace page one - stock no. D14.3 Price: 340 GBP

 

A length of 17th century Flemish? lace. It measures: 78 x 11cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C68.7
Price: 280 GBP

 

A pair of 17th/18th century Milanese cravat ends lace. They measure: 20cms in length 23cms across at the top and 33cms across at the bottom ends. Condition: small amount of restoration to one (see photo)
Antique lace page - one stock no. C68.3
Price: 280 GBP

 

A length of 17th century Flemish lace. It measures: 126 x 6cms. condition: some damage (see photo)
Antique lace page one - stock no. C68.9
Price: 140 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. C68.5 is a length of late 17th early 18th century Flemish lace. It measures: 200 x 8cms. condition: minor faults. Sold Price: 180

 

A length of late 17th early 18th century bobbin lace imitating a needle lace. We are not sure of its origin but it is probably Brussels.  It measures: 380 x 5cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page - one stock no. C69.4
Price: 225 GBP

 

A good  length of 17th century Flemish  lace. This lace is rare in our opinion it is dated from around 1630. It measures: 173 x 10cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page - one stock no. C68.6
Price: 1100 GBP

 

 17th century lace. Flemish or Italian? it probably dates from 1640 - 50. We think that it is a good example of early net ground. It measures: 44 x 13cms.
 Antique lace page - one stock no.  C70.3 Price: 300 GBP

 

 A length of very interesting early 17th  century Flemish lace. It measures: 52 x 6cms. Condition: although it looks like a lot of damage in the photo there are only broken bridges and a minor stain.
Antique lace page - one stock no. C69.9
Price: 265 GBP

 

Rare length of Flemish seventeenth century lace. There are many interesting points about this lace apart from the fact that it dates from the middle of  the seventeenth century: It has a border of  work (sfilatura) that we have never seen in lace of this period; (See Seven Centuries of Lace by Mrs John Hungerford Pollen.  Plate VII and XXIX) also it has at one end a small square that is  part of the same work (see Second photo) that looks much like very fine Reticella. The only similar work that we have  ever seen  was found in a Flemish Baby's coif  of the same period. For a similar lace see "The identification of lace" by Pat Earnshaw page 78. You can  also see portraits of people wearing such lace in figure 145 in   "LACE a history" by Santina M. Levey.  It measures: 370 x 7cms. Condition: minor faults.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C57.1 
Sold  Price: 1550

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. C51.9 is a long length of beautiful 18th century Brussels lace  showing exotic flowers. It measures: 350 x 5cms. condition: unfortunately there are 6 joins. Sold  Price: 450

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This one piece measures: 100 x 8cms Condition: one join and minor damage.
Antique lace page one - stock no. A65.1a
Price: 150 GBP

 

A length of Milanese lace dating from  early 18th century. It measures: 307 x 21cms. Condition: there is one join as seen in photo.
Antique lace page one - stock no. B15.56
Price: 280 GBP

 

A length of unusual  Flemish mixed lace bobbin and needle circa 1750.  It measures :  250 x 19cms; condition: one join and a small stain;
Antique lace page one - stock no. C29.13
Price: 325 GBP

 

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Flemish bobbin lace flounce late 17th or early 18th century. It measures: 420 x 18cms. Condition: good.
 Antique lace page one - stock no. C14 Price: 700 GBP 

 

Another length of Flemish lace  of late 17th  or early 18th century. It measures: 340 x 22cms. condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C13
Price: 700 GBP

 

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Antique lace page one - stock no. A71.3 is a length of bobbin lace possibly Brussels with a most attractive design of scrolls and flowers. Condition: good but there are some age markings to this beautiful piece. It measures: 450 x x33 cms ( 172 x 13 inches)  Sold  Price : 1200

 

 A fine piece of 18th century Point d'Angleterre with a very pretty border  of single flowers. It measures 178 x 5 cms (70 x 2 inches) Condition: good.
 Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.43 Price : 140 (GBP)

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 This piece of lace gives rise to some discussion - i.e. it has attached to it a ticket pronouncing it to be - like all the other pieces in this collection - 18th century Point d'Angleterre - but we are of the opinion that it is early Devon. The condition is excellent. It measures180 x 4 cms (71 x 1 1/2inches)
Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.31
Price : 140 (GBP)

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.34 is a beautiful length of 18th century Point d'Angleterre. It has a few skilfully executed joins in 3 places and in one other area there has been some restoration. The quality of the lace is exceptional and there is plenty there to inspire any artist. It measures 48 x 2 1/2 inches (:120 x 6cms) Sold  Price: 180

 

A long length of  18th century Point d'Angleterre. Condition: good. Measurement: 216 x 5 cms (85 x 2 inches.
Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.36
Price: 180 (GBP)

 

A long length of  18th century Point d'Angleterre. Condition: good. Measurement : 153 x 5 (60 x 2 inches.
Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.40
Price: 125 (GBP)

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A long length of  18th century Point d'Angleterre. Condition: It is joined in 3 places and there are a few old repairs. It measures 305 x 5 cms (120 x 2 Inches.
 Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.11a Price: 220 (GBP)

 

A length of most attractive 18th century Point d'Angleterre. It measures :130x7 cms (51 x 3 inches) and the condition is good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. V12.28.
Price: 220 (GBP)

r0302429.jpg (81920 bytes)  Possibly Droschel in an eighteenth-century Devon lace showing little clumps of flowers and leaves. It measures : 110 x 2.1 inches ( 280 x 5.5 cms) Condition: there are 3 joins and minor breaks.
Antique lace page one - stock no. S16/63
Price : 180
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A fine and complete  length of 18th century bobbin lace (Milanese?). This length seems to have been made as one piece it as not been cut at either end. It measures: 188 x 13cms Condition: it has one old join in the middle and a few age marks.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C52.5
Price: 120 GBP

 

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Antique lace page one - stock no.H41.2
 is a length of 17th century Venetian lace. It measures: 265 x 9cms. Condition: some old repairs. Sold  Price: 180

 

A large flounce of late 17th century flat needle lace - possibly English. This lace shows many magnificent exotic flowers  with very fine needle work filings. It measures: 168 x 36cms. Condition:  At some time in  the past this lace has been altered  (with very similar lace).  In particular at the bottom left of the design there is a length measuring about 70 x 8cms that is of a different design  from the rest - but it is very exquisitely adapted and  is an amazing piece of work.
Antique lace page one - stock no. G19.2
Sold  Price: 1700

 

 17th century Italian lace. It measures: 245 x 5cms. Condition: two joins and minor damage.
Antique lace page one - stock no. G28
Price: 225 GBP

 

A beautiful alb flounce of possibly English 17th century  needle lace. It measures: 210 x 20cms.  Condition: minor damage.
Antique lace page one - stock no. G17
Sold  Price: 1200

 

A pair of late 17th or early 18th century Burano Although this lace background looks cloudy - the motifs are extremely fine with buttonhole stitch. The two pieces each measure: 155 x 24cms in each panel the ends seem to be one piece but then there are a few joints to match the other piece. Condition: many joins.
Antique lace page one - stock no. G.9
Sold  Price: 650

 

Late 17th century Venetian  needle lace applied to lawn at a late date. It measures: 42 x 42cms. condition: see photo.
Antique lace page one - stock no. S17.h
Price: 125 GBP

 

A very good and fine Venetian point lace late 17th century. It measures: 245 x 12cms. Condition: good but with a few age stains.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C69.1
Price: 680 GBP

 

A good length of Venetian late 17th early 18th century flat point needle lace. It measures: 390 x 5cms. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C68.8
Price: 320 GBP
  

 

Length of Venetian/French lace. It measures: 180 x 6cms. Condition: two joins and other damage see photo.
Antique lace page one - stock no. B31.7
Price: 120 GBP

 

A length of 18th century Burano lace made in one piece. It measures: 116 x 8cms. Condition: one very small tear and minor stains.
Antique lace page one - stock no. S14.6
Price: 120 GBP

 

A length of Flat point de France reshaped  late to form a collar. It measures: 17 cms in depth. Condition: some breaks and joins.
Antique lace page one - stock no. A40.2a
Price: 220 GBP 

 

Antique lace page one - stock no.A40.2d is a head piece of very fine Venetion Flat point lace of the 17th century. It measures: 71 x 22 cms (28 x 9 inches). Condition: good. Sold  Price: 280

 

lace.024.jpg (81920 bytes)  is a  17th century border of Reticella lace showing roundels with varied fillings. It measures: 295 x 12cms Condition: good.
 Antique lace page one - stock no. T46.4 Price : 350
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Drawn thread work, Buratto and other laces from the 16th century onwards

 

A collection of samples of 16th and 17th century lace including early patterned designs illustrated in the book by Pat Earnshaw "A Dictionary of Lace" (figure 8).
Antique lace page one - stock no. H44.7
Price: 225 GBP

 

A collection of samples of lace from the 16th to 17th century.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H44.6
Price: 175 GBP

 

A small collection of samples of lace of the 17th century.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H44.5
Price: 220 GBP

 

 This runner is made with many different laces dating from the 17th century and later laces. In the first photo you can see half of the whole length. It measures: 178 x 72cms. Condition: minor damage.
Antique lace page one - stock no. H14.1
Price: 240 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. G24 is a Spanish?  filet lace surround. We are not sure of the period of this piece but perhaps dating from 1700 . It measures: from the outside 116 x 119cms. Condition: minor damage.  Sold  Price: 240

 

Reticella work item possibly made for an alter front. It is possibly that it dates from the 19th century. It measures: 262cms across the top 60cms long in either side and 15cms deep. Condition: minor stains.
Antique lace page one - stock no. G23
Price: 180 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. G.19  is a most interesting sample of 16th century cutwork. It measures: 34 x 10cms. condition: some damage (see photo) Sold  Price: 225

 

A damask runner with  early 17th century English lace surround Although it is in very bad condition it is still very rare lace. It dates from 1620/30 one can still find a few good  pieces. The runner measures: 120 x 40cms
 Antique lace page one - stock no. G.1 Price: 650 GBP

 

 There  are two interesting length of Burratto lace possibly dating from around 1700 or earlier. This piece is embroidered over a golden background. They measures: 260 x 12cms each. Condition: good.
Antique lace page one - stock no. G.3.
Price: 380 GBP

 

 Early drawn thread work band. It measures: 300 x 19cms. Condition: some old repairs.
Antique lace page one - stock no. F35.2
Price: 200 GBP

 

An early drawn thread work band. It measures: 260 x 10cms. Condition: some old repairs.
Antique lace page one - stock no. F35.3
Price: 80 GBP

 

Early 17th century drawn thread band. It measures: 152 x 24cms. Condition: good but this is not a complete length.
Antique lace page one - stock. no. D4.8
Price: 140 GBP

 

Antique lace page one - stock no. D14.5 is a 16/17th century Reticella and Genoese lace cover. We think that it is possibly an alter front which  has been added later. It measures: 178 x 42cms. condition: some repairs and a lot of damage to one end (see photo). Sold  Price: 180

 

A very interesting scalloped - edged length of Buratto lace. The design includes fountains, birds, lions, and pomegranates amongst other  types of decoration. This lace possibly dates from the 17th century, but  we find it difficult to say when it was made as very fine copies were being made around 1900.  Nevertheless what ever the period we think it is a most interesting piece. It measures: 305 x 15cms.
Antique lace page one - stock no. C59.6
Price: 425 GBP

 

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A little bit of (European) history...

 
Another little bit of (English) history... From "Blandford" by Peter Smith. (Writing about the lace work in that town) - "the costly pillow lace - also known as bone or bobbin lace because of the slender bone bobbins, came here in 1568 with the Flemish refugees and reached its zenith in William and Mary's reign 1689- 1702, the Queen herself being an adept. Noblemen paid high fees to have their daughters instructed and Daniel Defoe in his 1724 "Tour through the whole of Britain" says: "Blandford is chiefly famous for its lace, the finest in England, where they shewed me some exquisitely fair as I think I never saw better in Flanders, France or Italy..."

"... Miss Payne has spoken of elderly folk who had been lacemakers at work in their doorways as late as 1850..."

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Samples of blonde lace (late 18th to early 19th century)

      A little bit of (European) history... Although the popularity of Blonde lace is often attributed to the early part of the nineteenth century, some researchers put it much earlier: De Gheltof speaks of a permit being given by Mercanzia magistrates in 1759. In "Beck's Drapers Dictionary" quoted by Universal Magazine 1754 a quotation states that: "A vandyke in frize your neck must surround, turn your lawns into gauze, let your Brussels be blond". According to the Duchesse d'Abrantes, who married in 1800, blonde lace was a summer lace and it was plentifully used to trim the gowns of her trousseau. Blonde lace was mainly made in France from this period onwards. Caen, Bayeux, Chantilly and other French towns led the fashion, but some information exists to say that  black or white blonde were also made at Sherborne in Dorset until the 1780's. In 1773 the Annual Register mentions that, under royal patronage, an institution was formed for "the useful employment of female infants, especially those of the poor in the blonde silk lace manufacturers at no. 14 Mary-le-bone lane. (from"Old Lace" by M. Jourdain)

 

 

  DID YOU KNOW THAT?

The labour of making lace (vraie Valenciennes) was so great that it took ten months of working fifteen hours a day to finish a pair of men’s ruffles" (from "A History of Lace" by Mrs Bury Palliser)

 

Skilled repairers of antique lace (which was often passed from mother to daughter) were still to be found in the 1920's and '30s. They gave the client valuable advice as can be seen in the letter below :

 

Oct 15 -23

To Mrs ..........

Dear Madam - I have finished all your lovely old lace ready for you.

I have not put any of it on chiffon as I like it best as it is -

I am sure you will know how very tender the lace is, some of it crumbles in your fingers yet it can be worn with great care as it is.

I think you will prefer to wear it a little now and when it drops at all put the chiffon or net under at once to prolong its life - or if you don't wear it it would preserve it to put it under glass on a little table, the work is so very beautiful it should be preserved as long as possible.

I don't think there is anything fairer in the Museum.

The little squares are lovely and wonderful work for an amateur.

I really think the days were longer and the eyesight stronger when these laces were made - there will never be any more like the fine collars - I could look at them for hours -

I am sorry to have to charge a little more than I suggested.

I am, Yours faithfully etc...

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