Pair of sleeve ruffles of muslin decorated with cotton white work. The whitework consists of chain stitch and some French knots, and with large areas of pulled-fabric work patterned with geometric fillings. The decoration is confined to the lower half of each ruffle. A continuous line of curving exotic flower heads runs above the solidly patterned scalloped edge where smaller flowers are arranged against a pulled-fabric ground.

The ruffles gathered onto narrow tapes along the upper edges.


  • Title: Pair of ruffles
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1725/1750
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Depth: 7.75 in maximum, Depth: 5 in minimum, Circumference: 36 in lower edge, Depth: 50.2 cm maximum, Depth: 12.7 cm minimum, Circumference: 19.4 cm lower edge
  • Provenance: Given by Dr Joan Evans
  • Medium: Muslin decorated with cotton whitework, French knots, pulled-fabric work

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