Kantklossen | Artikel: Lace Bobbins (soorten kantklosjes) - East Midlands cottage workers
This study focusses upon a nineteenth century lace bobbin. Or at least, we’ll start with one bobbin and then look at a few others. This will allow us to peep at the varied work - sometimes fancy, sometimes very basic - coaxed into being by the requirements of this simple lace-making tool. We’ll be looking at examples made for East Midlands cottage workers of the nineteenth century as these constitute the Cowper and Newton Museum collection in Olney. This is highly appropriate as Olney played a central role in this region’s bobbin lace making from its sixteenth century introduction from mainland Europe, through to its hey-day in Georgian and Victorian reigns. Cowper when he lived at Orchard Side, Olney (between 1768 and 1786) commented on the privations of the local lace-makers - many of them lived just round the corner from the Museum - so we’ll also look briefly at what so concerned him.