A beautiful and rather scarce Fichu from the 1810 to 1830 period. A Fichu was a small triangular shawl worn as a fill-in across the chest area or neck area on low necked dresses.
Our small example was netted in a beige silk with a stunning fringe border of coral silk. The netted construction allowing a certain degree of spring/ stretch and flexibility (almost sprang like). A positive benefit when wrapping around ones shoulders.
Netting was a very popular pastime for ladies from the 1760's to the 1820 period when all manner of goods were made, bonnets and shawl decoration and embellishment, actual nets for catching insects, and of course purses. The netting would be made with the aid of a wooden netting box which held the essential tools required for such a pastime; differing gauges for varying sizes of mesh, shuttles and a roller to wind on the work. See Sylvia Groves 1966 Needlework Tools book page 81 for an example of such a box.
This rare example came from the collection of an English lifelong textile collector. Stored away for many years. Due to its small size, we would think this was made by/for a young teenage girl.
Size: Netted body a small 31 1/2 inch wide (80 cm) when opened flat not incl 3 inch deep fringe. 9 1/2 inch (24 cm) deep not incl fringe
Condition: Good and sound, free from damage or restoration. We have not laundered this antique item of clothing. It has a slight musty storage odour that is common with antique stored textiles.
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Antique Regency Netted Fichu, Shawl Circa 1820
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