AB: Earnshaw – Identification of Lace

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

*Earnshaw, Pat. The Identification of Lace. Buckinghamshire, UK: Shire Publications Ltd, 2000.

This loving little history of lace is full of monochrome images of beautiful lace, generally organized by type, but it places little emphasis on period, and is unfortunately rather confusing, at least to one who is largely unfamiliar with the various skills of lace-making. It is not easily readable, and I have not found it especially enlightening, but it does contain many lovely pictures. Not being an expert on the topic, I cannot vouch for its authenticity, but it does appear in some historical costuming bibliographies. It was originally published in 1980. It is not instructional. It contains monochrome images. It contains a bibliography. I personally own this book, and would recommend it for identification, but as a historical resource is is not very helpful.

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