18th c. ENGLISH Infant's Cap Crown Insert Hollie Point Work
RARE 18th c. English baby's cap crown insert in needle lace, "Dear Babe". This type of needle lace is known as hollie stitch or hollie point. It is a knotted buttonhole technique in which the pattern appears in the openings between the stitches.
"But linen was retained as a ground for a particular type of sampler worked in a kind of needle lace called 'Hollie Point'. Based on patterns or letters formed with tiny buttonhole stitches, this intricate skill was used to create the highly decorated baby clothes that became fashionable in the second half of the 18th century." - V&A Embroidery Collection
Inscription on Back:
"Worked for my fathers cap crown ___ ____ born 1775." "St. John's in Wilder__ Withycombs Raleigh. Frame (made) of wood from old ____. - H.L.K."
Frame: 3.25" dia. x .5" h.
Lace: 1.5" x 1.25"
Some yellowing to fragment. Spotting / foxing to paper backing.