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Material:  Linen
Color:  Cream/off white
Size:  Example #1 ~ 20 & 3/8 inches  x  3 & ½ inches
         Example #2 ~ 19 & ½ inches  x  3 & ½ inches
         Example #3 ~  
SOLD
         Example #4 ~  
SOLD
Quantity:  2 pieces total remaining, each sold separately

These four pieces of antique handmade bobbin lace, likely dating to the later 17th, or possibly 18th century, are certainly some of the oldest examples I have encountered to date.
Due to the age and rarity of this lace we thought to offer each piece individually.  In this way multiple collectors, or museums, can have an opportunity to acquire a very rare lace example, or one lucky individual can purchase all four pieces if they choose.  Please review the first image and detailed size information listed above this description.
The lace is in four separate pieces, as you see in the first image and was in the aforementioned sections when we acquired it.
It shows a very interesting curly type pattern design, closely worked and accented with little eyes.  The lower scalloped edge is decorated with tiny picots.  Several of these characteristics are very similar to 17th century Flemish and Italian Milanese laces.
To identify the lace as specifically as possible we requested an evaluation by Kate Henry, well known lace specialist, and following is an excerpt from her report;
   
Handmade Bobbin Lace.  Linen. The curly laces are traced back to Flanders, but spread to many places North of the Alps
    and certainly found its way to areas decidedly not North, such as Czechoslovakia, Russia, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands,
    Idrija, Slovenia, Milan and Pelestrina Italy.     This set most exhibits designs of Hungarian and Czechoslovakian pieces.
    The samples kept in the Budapest Hungary Museum of Applied Arts have dates of late 17th and 18th centuries. There are
    very few reference books for this type of lace, and only non-english texts for makers, which do not put as much importance
    on date, as technique.   All of the examples in my books have more or less proportion of noue, or eyes in their designs, which
    are told to have flowed from Flanders.

All of the pieces are in similar condition; remarkably very good, with no noted holes or similar damage to any of the sections.  Various lengths as indicated, but all apx. 3 & ½ inches in width, with some small variation due to handmade nature.
On the advice of Kate Henry we have not laundered the lace and as is expected and appropriate for linen of this age it has likely darkened somewhat from original color. Additionally, several of the sections show some discoloration, mainly near the lower scalloped edge, as can be appreciated to some degree in the first three images.  (the photos were taken in bright natural light, so lace and discolored areas appear slightly lighter than actual)
Following please find a detailed condition report regarding each individual piece.

#1  Overall very good.  No holes or similar damage.   Only a few minor very small, light, diffused areas of discoloration; generally very consistent color throughout.  This piece of lace is finished on three edges, with a raw edge on one narrow width (3.50 inch) side.  Appears to be possibly a very well executed join apx. 1 inch from the raw edge.  $95.00

#2  Overall very good.  No holes or similar damage.  One pin head size pale gray speck and some fairly light discoloration, mainly to lower scallop edge, which does look like it would resolve with gentle soak. Long straight top and scallop bottom lace edges are finished.  Narrower width ends have both been folded/turned under and hand stitched.  $90.00

#3  
SOLD  Overall very good.  No holes or similar damage.  Some discoloration to lower scallop edge that extends up to middle portion in one small area and is slightly darker in color than found on section #2, however it does look like it would resolve with gentle soak.  Long straight top and bottom scallop edges are finished, with two narrower width ends remaining unfinished.

#4  
SOLD Overall very good.  No holes or similar damage.  Some discoloration to lower scallop edge that extends up to middle in one area; slightly darker in color than found on example #2 and very similar to example #3, and also looks like it would resolve with gentle soak.  This piece of lace is finished on three edges, with one narrow width (3.50 inch) side folded/turned under and hand stitched.

While antique lace can still be found, 300 - 400 year old examples that are not in museum collections (ie; available on the open market)
and remain in remarkable good condition are quite rare.  Certainly these pieces would enhance any discriminating antique lace or textile collection.

Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders, Flemish Style

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Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders
Fine Antique Handmade Bobbin Lace ~ 17th / 18th Century ~ Flanders

NOTE:
While each of the four lace samples are different LENGTHS, they are all the same WIDTH; 3.50 inches. Camera angle may make #1 and #2 look narrower, but they really are not.

#4 SOLD

#3 SOLD

$95.00

$90.00