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.
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?