Books for Collectors

Antique Lace: Identifying Types & Techniques

A book by Heather Toomer with photography by Cynthia Voysey


by Leigh Elmore

Lace, like silver or porcelain, can be classified by type and its date and place of origin often can be identified. But in the absence of marks giving maker or date, lace must be judged on its technical features and style.

This new edition gathers fascinating and useful information in an easy to read and well-organized text covering needlepoint laces, embroideries,
lace knitting and tatting and bobbin laces made
in Europe from the 16th century forward, including 19th century revivals. Each type is described and illustrated with hundreds of photographs and line drawings to show the technical characteristics, and particular regard to the way one lace compares with another. A glossary, notes on cleaning, care, and conservation, and a price
guide make this an essential reference for lace makers, designers, and lace collectors alike. 

About the author and photographer

Author Heather Toomer is a respected expert on old lace. She has studied and collected antique lace for more than 25 years, lectured, organized a touring exhibit of lace and advised museums on displaying their lace collections. She lives near Bath, England.

Cynthia Voysey took most of the photographs for this book. She is an authority on Honiton lace making who has taught extensively in England and written and co-authored several books about lace.

About the publisher

Schiffer Publishing is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality nonfiction books since 1974, located in Atglen, PA. Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects with a deep catalog of titles on antiques and collectibles. More information can be found on

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 302 color photos, 10 line drawings | Price Guide/Index | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764313844 | Binding: hard cover

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