This is an exceptionally long length of 17th Century Venetian needle lace border. Heavily restored in the late 19th Century it is made up of several different pieces with re-made brides - you can observe this if you look closely and follow the pattern in the large photograph. . At each end there is a different lace pieced on (21cms & 31cms respectively). This may have been put together to make an alb flounce
Made from linen thread, it is a dark cream colour with a beautiful patina. There are some broken brides, many small restorations and a break to top edge. In addition there is a dark stain and an area of discolouration 162cms from one end, otherwise good condition for age.
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