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Lappets are described as "lace pendants of a woman's headdress" in my 'Dictionary of Needlework' of 1882. They were very fashionable in the 1860s and 70s, but were around from the 1840s. They were worn at the back of a lady's coiffured head, either attached to a head dress or pinned on, and were a beautiful accessory for evening balls. They were also worn attached to small bonnets such as those dainty examples from the 1860s. By the time of the Edwardian era, they were more likely to be attached to dresses, falling down either side of a lady's neck, or tied almost like a man's tie below the neck.

Please note- although we say a 'pair' of lappets, there is only one item, as in a pair of drawers.

Construction:
This lace item is machine made. It is a dark cream or light beige, almost pale gold even, difficult to describe exactly. I have asked my lace expert friend, who says that the lace is machine made bobbin net with embroidery. There are heavy areas of satin stitch.

Measurements:
Length~ 36"
Width at the middle~ 2 5/8"
Width at ends at widest point~ 3 7/8"

Condition:
The lace here is in superb condition. There are just a few small areas of discolouration, but you really do have to look for them. It washed up beautifully.

Laundering:
Gentle hand wash will be fine. Drip dry flat.

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1910s Restored Antique Late Edwardian Pair of Cream Lace Lappets

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: cotton lace
  • Ships worldwide from Taunton, United Kingdom
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