10769.19 | Collar (toy)

Collar (toy)
1862, 19th century
2 x 9 x 10 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The use of lace in mid-19th century costume was a symbol of wealth. New manufacturing methods meant that pretty yet still affordable lace was now available to more women. This small piece of bobbin lace effectively mimics a full-size accessory that is invariably present in images of women during the 1850s and 1860s. Meant to be removable, this doll's collar could have been washed, ironed, repaired and used on a number of different dresses.

  • What

    Another piece of the same lace was used to trim one of Lady Blanche's handkerchiefs.

  • Where

    Bobbin lace made in Le Puy, France, copied examples of the most expensive lace produced in other parts of Europe.

  • When

    In the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, England, Prince Albert (1819-61) offered large prizes for lace-making inventions and machines.

  • Who

    In the mid-19th century, about 130,000 people in Le Puy, France, were employed making lace.