William Blore’s lace pattern book

October 15, 2014 · Manuscripts ·

I wrote about William Blore’s lace pattern book several years ago when we first acquired it and admitted I knew little of its history. Now I know much more, thanks to William Blore’s descendant–William Blore!

A sample page from William Blore's lace pattern book, showing the sample in the upper right corner. Ms 101711

A sample page from William Blore’s lace pattern book, showing the sample in the upper right corner. Ms 101711

William of the lace book was probably the son of William the elder who was a lace manufacturer in Nottingham, England. William the younger is listed in the 1871 census in England as a “designer” and later as a lace draftsman. William the younger had a son Bernard in 1877, the eldest of eight children. In 1907 Bernard and his wife Maria were living in Dresden, Germany, and in 1910 they emigrated to the United States, settling in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he worked in the Dresden (later Connecticut) Lace Works. The book of patterns was probably sent to Bernard by his father.

As you know from reading my posts, I always want to know the rest of the story. In this case, it is great having a more complete story of the Blore family and of the provenance of the lace book. I would never have found this out if it had not been for the blog post and the information from William Blore. Social media is amazing.

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