Milk jug cover with swan motif

Made in Australia, Oceania, 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...


Milk jug cover, swan motif, filet crocheted cotton, maker unknown, Australia, 1920-1940

Square milk jug cover filet crochet worked in white cotton with central swan motif. Edge of cover features crocheted loops threaded with barrel shaped orange plastic beads.


170 mm
150 mm




Gift of Ian Rumsey under the Tax Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1991
29 October, 1991

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