An irresistible Renaissance Battenburg lace collar from the late Victorian 1900's era. It is so beautiful and fine, perhaps it was hand made for a wedding dress or a special ball gown.
Joined with a narrow decorative tape lace, the gorgeous fill pattern is well executed. The button hole rings, which Battenburg lace is so famous for, is also incorporated nicely into the pattern. The complete edge of the collar is finished in picot trimming, which is hand stitched to the collar edge.
As you notice from the photos the collar is large, laying in a low scoop design, dipping to below the waist at the front. Back is also a scoop ending about middle of the back.
Measurement of the back tip of collar to the point at the waist is 28" long. It is about 16" across from shoulder to shoulder. The narrowest width of the lace is 3" wide (at the back) to 3-1/2" wide at the shoulder. The widest width at the center front is 7" wide. Yes, very impressive.
Condition: A few breaks of thread in the fill work, however, minimum. No more than would be expected for the age. Very clean.