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Vintage Fashions - Irish Industries - 1911

Intricate Lace Blouse from Irish Industries of Dublin Ireland are the focus of this advertisement in the Cunard Daily Bulletin published on board the R.M.S. Mauretania on Saturday, June 17, 1911 on page 4. An excellent example of women's fashions for steamship travel.


76, Grafton Street, DUBLIN.


Irish Industries Lace Blouse - 1911

Original Pattern from Irish Industries, Dublin - Lace Blouse. Photo from the Cunard Daily Bulletin, R.M.S. Mauretania, Saturday, 17 June 1911.

Established 1847. Irish Hand-made Lace and Crochet. Embroideries, Tweeds, Table Damasks.




" Over Sixty Years a Lace Store."

The Authentic Irish Laces

The designs used in the manufacture of real Irish lace are unfortunately unpatenable, so the industry in Ireland suffers from the competition of "Irish" lace made in France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

For centuries, the principal motifs of design in Irish laces have been the shamrock and the rose. Lacemakers in that country refuse to incorporate any other motifs in their work, saying that they would not be characteristic of the country and the race. Therefore it is easy for men in other countries to adopt these two essential figures and call the product of their workers Irish lace.

They have used the same implements as the Irish workers, they have used the smae thread and the same designs, but their laces are no more like the Irish product than their languages.

They haven't the body real Irish laces have. They haven't the finish, and they haven't the serviceability. Wash them once and the life is gone out of them. Real Irish laces can be laundered any number of times and are always the same.

We have some baby Irish lace allovers in stock that sell wholesale for $32.50 a yard. To make a single yard of one pattern required three weeks' labor at eight hours a day. Every stitch was put in by hand.

Source: The New York Times, March 19, 1912 (Extract)

$32.50 from 1912 is worth $716.87 in 2007 using the Consumer Price Index. Samuel H. Williamson, "Six Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1790 to Present," MeasuringWorth, 2008. URL

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