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Collar, made from sleeve ruffles

ca. 1770, remade ca. 1800
Origin: England
Center back cape depth: 6 3/4"; 17"x17" flat.
White tabby cotton; cotton and linen sewing and needlework threads
Gift of Kathleen A. Epstein.
Acc. No. 1997-15
White semi-sheer turn-down collar with points and attached rounded cape, both embellished with whitework (chain stitch and buttonhole stitches) with drawn fabric areas. Design consists of scrolling flowers and tri-lobe leaves, with fillings of lacy drawn work. Unlined. Edges hemmed; seams over the shoulders and at center back are stitched with the edges left raw.
Label:Collar Made from Sleeve Ruffles
Probably England, ca. 1770, remade after 1800
Cotton embroidered with cotton and linen
Gift of Kathleen A. Epstein, 1997-15

Sleeve ruffles cascading from the elbows went out of fashion with the newer neoclassical styles about 1790 to 1800. The innovative woman who owned this pair of sleeve ruffles re-fashioned the beautiful embroidery into a collar to fill in the neckline of a dress.