Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Early twentieth century lace roller blinds


A slight change of direction today with a focus on roller blinds rather than curtains. The Samuel Peach catalogue for 1904 has several pages devoted to roller blinds, which they made to order from plain holland or linen. The greatest width available was 60 inches and the greatest length 90 inches, although the addition of a lace trim could be used to make them slightly longer. A variety of laces are available to add as trims to the end of the blind or include as insertions, although the impression is that only one insertion is included for the price given. There are several types of embroidered lace trims, one of which is 9 inches wide, although most seem about half that size. Other choices are machine lace, imitation cluny, corded applique and real guipure d’art. Two designs of ‘real Cluny lace’ are available as matching trims and insertions in fairly simple Torchon style patterns. Another matching duo of trim and insertion are made in ‘hand-worked corded lace’ which looks as if it’s a Russian style tape lace. Six Duchesse roller blinds are advertised which have embroidery worked directly into the fabric. These are promoted as ‘the newest and most artistic window blinds yet introduced’ and do seem to be both attractive and good value. For all the blinds, colonial customers are assured that the company takes great care in packing and despatching which suggests they had a wide overseas market. 

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