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18th Century French Apron at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - While I have already pinned one example of these aprons to this board before, I wanted to add this one too because I think the embroidered pattern looks so pretty.

18th Century French Apron at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - While I have already pinned one example of these aprons to this board before, I wanted to add this one too because I think the embroidered pattern looks so pretty.

Apron, probably England, c. 1725-1750. Cream silk taffeta, hand embroidered with a Jacobean floral pattern with polychrome silk floss and bronze metallic floss. The scalloped edges arte trimmed with corded floss.

Apron, probably England, c. 1725-1750. Cream silk taffeta, hand embroidered with a Jacobean floral pattern with polychrome silk floss and bronze metallic floss. The scalloped edges arte trimmed with corded floss.

Apron      Category:      Textiles (Clothing)     Place of Origin:      England, United Kingdom, Europe     Date:      1725-1775     Materials:      Silk; Metal     Techniques:      Embroidered     Museum Object Number:      1966.1125

Apron Category: Textiles (Clothing) Place of Origin: England, United Kingdom, Europe Date: 1725-1775 Materials: Silk; Metal Techniques: Embroidered Museum Object Number: 1966.1125

An 18th century embroidered apron and a tamboured panel  The circa 1740s apron of cream silk with a finely embroidered floral border, floral sprigs and uncut pocket slits in polychrome silk and metal threads, now mounted on stiff gauze (sd), 60 x 91cm; together with a late 18th century tamboured muslin panel depicting a foliate trellis design enclosing birds, animals and detailed floral studies, such as honeysuckle, pinks, lily-of-the-valley and daffodils, now mounted on purple shot silk

An 18th century embroidered apron and a tamboured panel The circa 1740s apron of cream silk with a finely embroidered floral border, floral sprigs and uncut pocket slits in polychrome silk and metal threads, now mounted on stiff gauze (sd), 60 x 91cm; together with a late 18th century tamboured muslin panel depicting a foliate trellis design enclosing birds, animals and detailed floral studies, such as honeysuckle, pinks, lily-of-the-valley and daffodils, now mounted on purple shot silk

18th century American (New England) Apron at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Embroidered aprons like this were worn more as fashion accessories to complete a woman's outfit rather than for utilitarian purposes.  But I'm wondering about the straight tears on the top edge.  19th and early 20th century silks have a tendency to shatter like this due to treatments in the manufacturing process, but not those from the 18th century.  Were these caused by simple wear and tear, or something else?

18th century American (New England) Apron at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Embroidered aprons like this were worn more as fashion accessories to complete a woman's outfit rather than for utilitarian purposes. But I'm wondering about the straight tears on the top edge. 19th and early 20th century silks have a tendency to shatter like this due to treatments in the manufacturing process, but not those from the 18th century. Were these caused by simple wear and tear, or something else?

Apron front, 18th century. Cream silk worked with pink silk embroidered threads and Mother of Pearl bugle beads with a design of flowers with assorted needlepoint and checkered fillings.

Apron front, 18th century. Cream silk worked with pink silk embroidered threads and Mother of Pearl bugle beads with a design of flowers with assorted needlepoint and checkered fillings.

Early 18th century British Apron at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - I really like the embroidery on this.

Early 18th century British Apron at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - I really like the embroidery on this.

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