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Apron made in Britain 1580-1600. linen possibly unfinished, normally would have had lace added to edges and possibly more colors added to the embroidery.

Plate 13: "Herring, pickled herring". Apron has a center pocket to support her purse. Red suit of apparel with partlet, apron and bagged coif. Apron pocket lined in matching red. Yellow binding at neckline, cuffs, waistline, hem and bordering apron. Same large shallow basket balanced on head as bean-seller.

Allessandro Allori's Study of a Woman with a Tray, 1570-80, note the pocket and lacy apron edging!

Applique hanging with rose pattern, England, possibly Southern Delabere (Glocestershire), 1580-90 by Kotomicreations, via Flickr

Kostüme der Männer und Frauen in Augsburg und Nürnberg, Deutschland, Europa, Orient und Afrika - BSB Cod.icon. 341. 1580, Ausburg. Curious apron pattern.

Medieval-Courtiers - [Corruption at Court - Crisis and the theme of Luxuria in England and France, c. 1340-1422] Why was the behaviour of courtiers such a concern in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries? Historians often take contemporary remarks about the excesses of the court and the immorality of its members as simple observations of fact.

I FOUND IT! This is one of the paintings I've been looking for showing the 'wimple' style. THANK YOU!

..c.1940's doing the dishes - What is her apron made of? It looks almost plastic-y, and waterproof?, but it still has frills around the edges. Why don't they make those anymore?! I'm always getting my shirts wet when I wash dishes or clean the counters!

Cod. Pal. germ. 848: Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse) (Zürich, ca. 1300 bis ca. 1340), Fol 381r

1550-1555 Isotta Brembati Grumelli attributed to Giovanni Battista Moroni (Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo Italy). Isotta's partlet matches the under-partlet in the previous image. She is wearing it over a chemise decorated with red embroidery something like English blackwork. The puffed cloth ornaments protruding through her sleeve rolls match the partlet.

More of the odd "midwife" apron from a Saxon lineage book. Das Sächsische Stammbuch' [subtitled as:] 'Sammlung von Bildnissen sächsischer Fürsten, mit gereimtem Text; aus der Zeit von 1500 - 1546' is available online from the State University Library in Dresden