White Lace Piece
One of the claimants for the earliest surviving piece of machine-made lace.
Art work details
This piece of lace, made by Robert Frost in about 1769, is one of the claimants for the earliest surviving piece of machine-made lace.
Robert Frost used a carved roller to motivate the ticklers which transferred loops to one side or the other to make the net. The pattern, a diaper of leaves and flowers, is in plain knitting. The outlines are put in by hand. This piece was given to the museum by Alderman J T Spalding, one of the founders of the Nottingham department store Griffin & Spalding (now Debenhams).
ID Number: NCM 1923-184