Honiton (East Devon) lace sprigs (lace sprig)

Charlotte Treadwin (1820-1890)


These East Devon lace sprigs were designed and probably made by Charlotte Treadwin as part of a commission for Queen Victoria. They form part of a collection of samples of British and Continental lace put together by Treadwin, an important lace manufacturer with a business based in the Cathedral Yard, Exeter. The collection was donated to the museum in the late 1860s for lace-makers and designers to study. Treadwin once stated that there was not a single lace-designer in the whole of Devon, and strove to improve this, employing an artist to draw out her designs, and studying samples to better inform her practice and experimentation with lace-making patterns and techniques. By 1868, the lace manufactory and showrooms were already based at 5 Cathedral Yard (now known as the Cathedral Close).

The business had been granted the royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1848, before Charlotte’s marriage to John Treadwin. This sprig may be a sample motif made as part of a commission for the Queen in the 1860s.

This object is not on display.

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