A pair of fabulous lace sleeves from the latter part of the 19th century. An elaborate combination of tambour and limerick lace, or a single lacemaker's interpretation of both. Anyone who knows me knows all about my love of fabric and laces. They also know of my inability to tell one lace from another. I leave that to my best friend and partner, Jean Mason of Discovery Antiques in England. I asked her for her expertise on these sleeves, so I can tell you with confidence what sort of lace they are.
Unpicked from a bodice, the sleeves have darkened through the generations. I imagine a gentle laundering will bring them up in color. They have a significant hole at the upper shoulder, right at the cap of the shoulder. You'll see this in the picture with the white arrow pointing to the flaw. Other than that, this pair of antique sleeves would be an asset to any museum or personal collection. If you have the hole repaired, you can wear these as much as you like. The lace fabric is still strong and supple. 21" long from the very top of the sleeve to the edge of the trim at the sleeve cuff. The various parts of the laces have been handstitched together. The shoulders have been hand gathered. Free USA Shipping