Crochet table cloth border

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL/11915
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1915-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

White cotton filet crochet tablecloth border, between 11 mm and 17 mm wide (depending upon how much the border has stretched after making). Each corner carries a design of two crossed flags, one the Union Jack and the other the French tri-colour, above a fouled anchor. Each edge carries the image of a ship with the text 'Welcome Home' together with a repeat design of small 'crosses' in filled mesh.

History / Summary

Patterns for patriotic crochet items were published in women's magazines and newspaper supplements. Australian women could use them to make a variety of household items, such as bedspreads, tray cloths or table cloths.

Crocheted borders like this one would have been sewn around a piece of white cotton or linen, creating a decorated table cloth.

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