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Accession number: 2011.014
Date: circa 1918
Materials: linen
Measurements: 24.5 cm Diameter

A doily is a small ornamental mat, originally made by Doiley, a 17th century London draper. It's purpose was to protect surfaces from being scratched by pottery or decorative objects.

They are usually crocheted or knitted out of cotton or linen thread. Many patterns for these doilies were published by thread manufacturers in the first part of the 20th century. Contemporary designers continue to make patterns for modern hand craft enthusiasts.


Hand made, round center of linen.  Lace is fastened to the linen.  The lace is ruffled.

History of Use:

Judith (Shay) Hasen is the daughter of Ronald M. Shay and Gertrude Norwood Doane and the granddaughter of Eva Laura (Mossman) Shay born 1888 who was the daughter of Simon & Martha (Knox) Mossman, Pinehurst, NS. Eva married Edgar Atwood Shay of Caledonia. They had two children Ronald Mossman Shay and Meda Pauline Shay.