Machine made finishing lace edging for Limerick lace

Made in Ireland, 1900-1912.

This machine made finishing lace edging is part of a collection of lace and patterns that the donor’s mother, Edith Mary Georgeson (nee Lester), brought to Australia in 1912. Edith Mary, originally from County Cork in Ireland, had been a professional lacemaker making mostly hand-embroidered machine made net lace of the kind known as Limerick lace. Limerick lace was one of the laces credited with rescuing many poor families from starvation during the numerous crop failures of the 19th Century. Ot...


Lace edging (2), machine made, [cotton] / paper, maker unknown, used for finishing the edge of Limerick lace, Ireland, 1900-1912

Two lengths of narrow looped edging, possibly cotton, wound onto sheets of cream card.


This narrow looped edging, was made in imitation of the hand worked looped or 'picoted' edging of bobbin and some needle laces. Many early machine laces had this kind of edging attached separately before machines were invented which could integrate the picoted edge with the body of the lace.


Gift of Mrs Jean Wood, 2007
22 November, 2007

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Machine made finishing lace edging for Limerick lace 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <>
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