Honiton East Devon lace collar

This lace collar has a royal connection. It was presented to RAMM by the daughter of HRH Princess Alice, the Countess of Athlone (1883-1981) to whom it belonged. As Princess Alice of Albany she was a grand-daughter to Queen Victoria and the daughter of Prince Leopold and Princess Helen, the Duke and Duchess of Albany.

The collar was made in East Devon by a very skilled lacemaker. It is of exceptional quality, with a design of stylised flowers and leaves. Honiton filling stitches complete the sprig motifs and also form the ground. If you look closely you can see that the fillings change direction, and even the construction changes within the same area. Charlotte Treadwin, a lace manufacturer based at 5 Cathedral Close, often used this technique in her designs. Charlotte was also lace-maker by appointment to HM Queen Victoria.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
Honiton East Devon lace collar
Simple Name
Full Name
Honiton (East Devon) lace collar
whole length 400 mm; whole W 360 mm; inside edge length 690 mm; whole depth 145 mm
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Date
c 1875
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production County
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Family Group


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