Milk jug cover, machine-made, Harbour bridge motif, cotton, made in Australia, 1920-1940

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1920-1940.

Examples of embroidered and crocheted pieces could be found in most Australian homes in the late 1800s to mid 1900s. Beaded covers such as this one were used to protect milk, sugar and other foods from flies and insects, which proved particularly troublesome in Australia particularly in the days before household refrigerators. The beads served not only as a decorative item, but for weighting the cover so that it would not fall off the jug. The fly problem diiminished when cars replaced horsedraw...

Summary

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Milk jug cover, machine-made, Harbour bridge motif, cotton, Australia, 1920-1940

Small square coarse machine lace jug cover, with oblique image of Sydney Harbour Bridge and two Southern pylons, and text Sydney Bridge at bottom. Crochet shell edge with single alternating yellow and dark red beads.

Dimensions

155 mm
145 mm

Production

Commercially available, and sold to have edge and beads added by hand later
1920-1940

Source

Gift of Mr Ian Rumsey, 1991
1 January, 1970

Cite this Object

Milk jug cover, machine-made, Harbour bridge motif, cotton, made in Australia, 1920-1940 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 November 2017, <https://ma.as/112130>
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