Shirley Nelson's Lacemaking Equipment page

I am selling the lacemaking equipment used by my dear wife Shirley. Shirley was a very keen lacemaker for many years and achieved a high degree of skill. She also used only the very best equipment and I still have most of it.
Shirley passed away suddenly in early 2014 and the time has come to sell the best of her lacemaking equipment. I have tried to put a value on each of the items but I am open to offers.
I would prefer that the larger items are collected but I will send them by an economic method after payment has cleared.
I will send items abroad but, unless the purchaser pays for the insurance, it will be at the purchasers risk.
If you are interested or want more information please contact me in the first instance by email using the link below and I will provide a phone number. Pictures at a higher resolution are available on request.
click here to Email Mike Nelson regarding lacemaking items

Newnham Lace Pillows

Newnham lace pillows are much sought after as they are the best ones produced and are nolonger available. Truly a Rolls-Royce of lace pillows. click on the picture to view a larger picture
Pictures Click on a picture to view at full sizeDescription
This is an 18" diameter simple pillow. It doesn't appear to have had much use and is in perfect condition. There is a mounting for a stand on the back but I can remove it if it is not wanted
Offers in the region of 40
This is a 24" diameter simple pillow. It is in good condition. This was the last pillow that shirley used and the mark in the centre is the shadow of the last piece Shirley was working on. There is a mounting for a stand on the back but I can remove it if it is not wanted
Offers in the region of 40
This is a 14" x 13" 4 block pillow with a carrying handle. It is in good condition. There are pinholes from use and I know that Shirley liked this pillow and although well used there is no significant wear showing. there is a spare large block that fits this pillow. There is not a mounting for a stand on the back
Offers in the region of 70
This is a 20" x 18" 4 block pillow. It is in good condition. There is a mounting for a stand on the back
Offers in the region of 70
This is a 24" x 20" 3 block pillow. It is in good condition. The largest block is a slightly darker shade and all the blocks are slightly loose. Shirley was in the habit of using a bit of cardboard to make the blocks firmer. There is a mounting for a stand on the back
Offers in the region of 70
This is a 29" x 23" rotating block pillow> The rotating block is 18" diameter. There is a carrying handle under the rotating block. It is in excellent complete condition and appears to be "as new". There is a mounting for a stand on the back
Offers in the region of 70
This is a 17" x 11" roller pillow with a carrying handle. It is in excellent complete condition with no signs of wear and appears to be "as new". There is not a mounting for a stand on the back
Offers in the region of 70

Newnham Lace Pillow stands

This is a Newnham table stand. Well used but in good condition Also with this are 2 unused pillow mounting rings complete with spare toggles.
Offers in the region of 25
This is a Newnham floor stand (I think) made in ash with some figuring. Well used but in good condition. Note that the legs have been glued in permanently.
Offers in the region of 50

Other good quality items

This is a travelling pillow in good condition. Shirley used to take this on plane flights until the ban on sharp things stopped her. There is some work in progress together with the chart and some extra thread. The whole thing is in excellent condition and looks as good as new. Offers in the region of 60

Pillow carrying bag for large (24") pillows Pillow carrying bag for large (24") pillows Pillow carrying bag for small (18") pillows Pillow carrying bag for small (18") pillows
All the bags are in excellent condition - 20 each

There are also a number of boxes by Richard Gravestock. Click on the picture below to see the collection


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