A very beautiful and unusually long, antique Maltese lace scarf or lappet. Extra rare, very fine grade, made of sumptuous blonde colored silk, and done by an expert lace maker. Comes with provenance note, and was worn for a Victorian wedding circa 1899 to 1902.
The scarf or wrap was hand made on the Isle of Malta, and would be classed as super fine quality, in that the work is very tiny and fine. Each Maltese cross is 1" wide, and each tiny wheat ear is approx. 1 millimeter! It takes a seasoned expert and a steady eye and hand to create Maltese lace of this quality, and it is not usually found in this very long length, and rarely in such fine tiny stitches, making this extra scarce, unique, and hard to find.
Measures 70" long and is approx. 7" wide when gently laid flat and spread with the hand. No evidence of smaller pieces being sewn together to make this, making this 1 long complete length and width, and quite amazing.
Maltese lace is characterized by the honey hued silk used in its making, and the presence of the Maltese cross and fat wheat "ears" as shown in this fine example. So evenly done, the mind boggles! The scarf has rounded lappet ends, adding a very feminine charm. Queen Victoria was extremely fond of Maltese lace, after introducing it at the Crystal Place Exhibition in 1851.
CONDITION: Excellent Condition, best I have seen. Dare I say... MINT condition, I do think I will! Worn only once for a few hours or less, and lovingly stored and amazingly preserved. It is perfect and flawless, fresh and clean....with soft silky supple threads that have no dryness or breaks, no snags or wear, and the color is even and true. No soiling or dust, no odors or yellowing. Amazingly well preserved and kept in the same family for generations.
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