The study of early 19th century whitework embroidery can be quite intriguing. The precision of each stitch is a testament to the skill of the needle worker.
The Gatherings is offering a lovely 19th century Victorian yoke collar (about 1850 / Civil War era) made for either a chemise or night gown. The fabric is either a fine cotton or a blend of cotton and linen. The yoke was made to fit a wide scoop neck garment with opening at the front.
The fabric (two layers thick) was stenciled in a flower, meandering leaf design. The needlework is to marvel...with tiny open cutwork, filled with button hole stitch. The scalloped edge is completed with tiny button hole stitches also. A beautiful visual piece.
Length of the collar, from one opening to the other is 37" in length. Width at the front edge opening is 5" wide, narrowing to 2-1/2" at the shoulder and 1-1/2" at the center back.
Condition: Except for two tiny cutwork rounds which were never opened or worked, the embroidery is complete. These rounds appear on either side of the collar, at the top front opening. I assumed they were never meant to be worked. The yoke is just as found ~ meaning straight from the work basket with oxidation stains from storage. With a good soaking this would all launder out. I will leave to someone else as many have their own methods of tackling 150 years of storage stains.
A discerning piece for research or museum display.