Maltese and Maltese style lace mats

Maltese lace became popular in Britain after it was shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was usually made of cream silk, with fat pointed tallies, and often a Maltese cross. British lacemakers made an imitation called English Maltese, which was usually made of cotton.

Here are examples of Maltese style lace from my lace collection (although, as I am not an expert, some of my identification may be wrong). Click on a picture below to go to a page about the piece, with a large scale image. Other Maltese and Maltese style lace pieces can be found here.

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