Antique Lace Coverlet

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Antique tape lace. It’s a fragile piece of old Battenburg lace now draped over the window in the kitchen.

Actually it’s an antique lace netting coverlet (bedspread) which, due to its age and soft flimsiness, I handle very gently.

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Spelling? I see both Battenberg and Battenburg are used to describe the lace. Not sure whichs is correct. I thus use both.

 

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Who doesn’t enjoy vintage lace & linen?

The detailed battenberg lace tape is embroidered on the open weave netting. Exquisite when you look closely.

 

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See the little hole there? One of a few in the old piece, a testament to its years of use and wear.

Yellowed and ochred over time it’s now that most desirable vintage colour characteristic of old lace and linen.

 

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Yes, it’s Edith Piaf.  She often sits there at the kitchen window where she can see in and out.

All nicely colour co-ordinated!

 

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Even though it is a bed-spread I couldn’t bring myself to ‘throw’ it over the bed and keep it out of sight. And, no, I couldn’t stand the thought of it being sat on, jumped on, cats laying on it ….

 

I simply wanted to see and appreciate its delicate, fragile beauty and the kitchen window was the perfect spot.

 

So, gently, I hung it on an old curtain rod using little clips where it drapes softly in the north facing kitchen window. Easy.

 

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This image of a battenberg lace bed coverlet is very similar to what I have in the kitchen window.  Same gathered edgings. (Image via pinterest)

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