Date: ca. 1900

Culture: French

Medium: Cotton, machine made lace

Dimensions: 17 × 26 in. (43.2 × 66 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Laces

Credit Line: Gift of Stern and Stern Textiles, Inc., 1964

Accession Number: 64.229.2


This lace border incorporates images of modern transport and transmission of power with railway trains, hot-air balloons, telegraph poles, and electric lights. The motifs echo a preoccupation with the new electrical power, much in evidence at the Paris Exposition, and the lace won a medal. The machine-made lace industry, centered in Nottingham, was enormously successful since it replaced a declining cottage industry, the products of which had become so expensive that they were out of reach of most ordinary people.