A member of the British Royal Family bought this piece from an exhibition in London. Messrs Howell & James showed the deep lace flounce at the International Exhibition of 1862. Its superb quality was apparent at the time. The Art- Journal, a contemporary periodical, wrote, 'Perhaps no British production has ever surpassed this work'. Mary Tucker designed it. Her father John Tucker manufactured it. He was probably the leading manufacturer of Honiton lace in the 19th century.