A Battle of Britain lace panel, 1942-46

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Lot 517
A Battle of Britain lace panel, 1942-46

Sold for £ 5,625 (US$ 6,994) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

3 Jun 2014, 10:00 BST

Oxford

A Battle of Britain lace panel, 1942-46
A Nottingham lace panel depicting scenes of the bombing of London, the aircraft used in the battle, the badges of the Allied Air Forces and the floral emblems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, inscribed 'Never was so much owed by so many to so few', manufactured by 'Dobsons and M. Browne & Co. Ltd.' of Nottingham, designed by Harry Cross, 450 x 165cm; with accompanying provenance, including an original accompanying leaflet with details about the panel and what it depicts. (qty)

Footnotes

  • The Battle of Britain lace panels were woven to commemorate the Battle of Britain and as a tribute to those who fought. Only thirty-eight panels were woven and were presented to King George VI, Winston Churchill, various RAF units, Westminster Abbey, the City of London, the City of Nottingham, airmen from the Commonwealth and several others. The design and weaving of the panels took two years to complete and required 40,000 jacquard pattern cards, 975 bobbins and 41,830m of cotton for each panel. The jacquard patterns were reputedly destroyed after the last panel was produced.

    Provenance: By direct descent from the original owner, the vendor's grandfather, George S. Blackburn who owned 'Blackburn & Sons', an engineering factory on Kirkwhite Street, Nottingham. He was also a director of 'Dobsons and M. Browne & Co Ltd.', and was asked to make the machines for Dobsons to construct the Battle of Britain panels. As a director of Dobsons he was given one of the panels, and in the 1950s had it framed and hung in the main staircase of his factory. George Blackburn passed his company to his two sons, along with the lace panel.
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