Very Fine Embroidered 18th Century Georgian Antique Apron - Conservation Repair
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Very Fine Embroidered 18th Century Georgian Antique Apron - Conservation Repair:
Very fine embroidered 18th Century Georgian antique apron - conservation repair
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Welcome to the Accessories Department of Poppies Cottage, where you will find all manner of beautiful fancies to decorate your ensemble!
Regulars will know I have examined and sold many 18th Century aprons over time.
This one is very fragile due to the extremely lightweight gauze, lighter than the usual muslin.
However, the wonderful embroidery, with drawnthread in-fills, each motif a good size and with a deep continuous border, tells me that it is earlier than the usual, late 18th Century designs and is certainly worth preservation.
You can see similar aprons in Heather Toomers ' Embroidered with White', [Heather Toomer Antique Lace publ. 2008] and read about them in great detail.
The delightful butterflies in each corner design, will just convince you that this should not be cut up!
The apron is quite large and I have shown it on a pannier, just for fun and to show the design in full.
The top is gathered into a lovely silk ribbon, pinked at the edges [I think, they could be picot but my eyes see pinking!] in the Georgian manner.
It is amazing that the apron has survived. There are repairs, all antique and good, small holes and wear, just as you would expect. These are not the problem.
The main issue is a few very nasty stains, at least one of which has 'burned' a largehole closeto the top centre front.
I think that the other stains, easy to see, will do the same where they remain.
As a non-expert in textile conservation, I think that these stains should be carefully cut out and all the holes, including the large one, be carefully hand patched from underneath, with the lightest weight gauze you can find. Anything heavier will cause further problems at a later date.
Many of these aprons were patched in history. Prized items, the rich often passes them to treasured servants once they had done with them, and they were also left in wills to relatives.
The apron is decorated in long and short stitch, buttonhole stitch, stem stitch and all around the edge is looped buttonholing to form little scallops. So much work involved!
Please do take a look in my shop if you have the time!
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