16-17th century Italian Mezzo Punto Needle - Bobbin Lace Border.
Worked in mixed needle and bobbin lace with linen thread ... the variation of fillings is quite staggering.
I have never found a piece of this Lace before and had to ask for more info from a knowledgeable lace maker friend.
If you have Pat Ernshaws 'A Dictionary of Lace' page 110 which she explains Mezzo Punto very well.
Measures 48 inch length by 4.5 inches width.
Wonderful collectors Lace.
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