Naturalism in design was a characteristic of English bobbin lace in the 1860s, particularly at Honiton, but also in Bedfordshire. One of the leading figures in the English hand-made industry was Thomas Lester of Bedford, and this bodice front may have been designed by him and made by his workers; its fern pattern is typical of his work. It would have been intended to be worn over a contrasting coloured silk, setting its pattern into clear relief.


  • Title: Bodice front
  • Creator: Lester, Thomas
  • Date Created: 1860/1875
  • Location: Bedfordshire
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 35 cm, Width: 28.5 cm, Length: 14.25 in, Width: 9.5 in
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs Elvira Strong
  • Medium: Bobbin lace and cotton thread

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