Mrs Treadwin’s Lace album with historic samples now online
9 July 2019
Samples from Mrs Treadwin’s lace album are now available online. You may have seen the lace display and interactive in the museum’s Finders Keepers gallery. The new web page lets visitors worldwide discover the amazing skill of lace-makers from Devon and the continent.
Who was Mrs Treadwin and why is her lace album important?
Charlotte Treadwin (née Dobbs) was born near Dulverton, Exmoor. As a young girl she was apprenticed to a dressmaker and later learned to make lace.
Her great skill as a lace-maker earned her a Royal warrant in 1848. Many royal commissions and prize medals followed. She exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the 1862 International Exhibition. You can read more about her on the Charlotte Treadwin Collector’s page.
Mrs Treadwin established her Exeter ‘Manufactory’ near the Cathedral. There a team of skilled workers produced fine bobbin and needle laces. Ellen Herbert took over her business on Mrs Treadwin’s death. Ellen organised examples of Mrs Treadwin’s own work and other pieces into an album. The album came to RAMM in memory of Mrs Treadwin on Ellen’s death in 1929.