Crocheted, or tatted – I’m not sure – but very finely worked. The inner neck circumference is just 11″, so this was for a very small person.
And just under a yard of very fine cutwork lace, measuring about 5″ wide:
A fragment of something very old:
And another curiosity:
This measures around 9″ x 10″ and has a drawstring tape that is 36″ long, fastening by means of quite a modern-looking hook and eye. The edges are hemmed by hand. The seven vertical lines are minuscule pintucks, also sewn by hand, and the two strips along the bottom appear to be 1″ lengths of lace that have been attached to the rectangle of net ground.
Initially, I thought some kind of apron. But if this was worn as an apron, the birds along the edge would be upside down, which doesn’t seem right. Some sort of upright bib that attached to an apron? I quite like a good mystery…