from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a lace made of linen thread, so called because woven with bobbins of bone.
- n. etc. See under Bone, Brussels, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lace, usually of linen thread, made on a cushion with bobbins, and taking its sole or chief decorative character from the pattern woven into it, as distinguished from point-lace: so named from the fact that the bobbins were originally made of bone.
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Here it is they make the fine bone lace in imitation of the Antwerp and Flanders Lace and jndeed I think its as fine – it only will not wash so fine, wch must be the fault in ye thread.
Then there was a considerable annual importation into Scotland of worked ruffles and of bone lace and edging which the Select Society thought might, under proper encouragement, be quite as well produced at home; and it was therefore resolved to give both honorary and lucrative rewards for superior merit in such work, the honorary for “women of fashion” who might compete, and the lucrative for those “whose laudable industry contributes to their own support.”