Gold & silver laces
The history of Gold lace is interesting, as illustrating the oldest form of the lacemaker’s art. From the days of Egytpt and Rome down to medieval Venice, Italy and Spain, gold and silver gilt wire were used in making this kind of lace.
The jews in Spain were accomplished workers in this art, and in Sweden and Russia, gold lace was the first lace made, early the Fifteenth Century.Very simple narrow trimmings were made in gold and silver threads. Later developed into rich laces decorating Monasteries and rich merchants. Metallic lace was used on fur coats, edgings of curtains etc. Close ups are available though the pictures are not good…
Bobbin lacemaking spread quickly and the laces became an integral part of Russian Folk art in the Seventeenth Century. In France gold lacemaking was a prosperous manufacture at Aurrillac and Arras, at which latter place, it flourished up to the end of the Eighteenth Century. Plaited laces, pillow laces of simple geometrical design, often made with gold and silver thread, took place of the Italian knotted laces of the Sixteenth Century. Those produced at Genoa and Spain were the best, chiefly for church uses.
Spain was well known by the “Point of Spain” or “Puntos de España”. More information on the pages hang about the Tordesillas Congress.(Bibliography:”Lace its origin and History” by Samuel Goldberg)