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Table Runner/  Bureau Scarf
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Title: Table Runner/ Bureau Scarf
Identifier: 986.2.21
Item Date: 1890-1905
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Oval, white fine lace table runner. Centre section made up of two long pieces and two small pieces. Motif is a series of dots making up zigzag and flower pattern. Seam between centre pieces very visible. Outer section attached to outer perimeter of centre section. Was one long flat piece which has been gathered and sewn.

Item belonged to Miss Sally Klein, 932 First Street, Mississauga. Miss Klein was around 90 years old in 1986 and was born in Mississauga. She used this item when she was about 12-13 years old.

Doilies ( including table runners) were used as early as the 11th century in England. Doilies were placed under everything that could damage polished wood such as plates, vases, glasses etc. They were also used to cover food to keep it fresh and on silver plates to ensure the food did not damage the silver. Doilies were also used on upholstered furniture to keep it free from oil stains. Doilies were particularly popular in the 1800 to mid- 1900's.
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