Sprang references

Again, another post mainly for my own reference purposes. This one is to detail references to sprang, particularly those that are medieval or later.

A textile fragment from Roman Vindolanda. When viewing on zoom, this looks to me like it is sprang not netted.

A stocking or sleeve from the Norwegian Folk Museum (id. no. NF.08455-029). A stocking or sleeve with a pattern of rows of triangles. Dated to the Iron Age; Jæren, Rogaland, Norway.

A textile fragment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession no. 28.197). A 16 3/4" x 14" fragment in dark wool, incorporating a repeating pattern made of holes. Dated to 1450-1500; England (specifically London).

A tablecloth from the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (item no. LM-22119). It is 320 cm long and 75 cm wide and produced in linen. It has a motif that includes leaves, diamonds, geometric figures and stylised lions, eagles and trees. Dated to 1400-50; Central Switzerland. For original source, type 'LM-22119' into here.

A bra from Lengberg Castle, Austria. The bra has sprang between the cups. Dated to 15th Century; Austria.

pair of garters from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (accession no. 43.2011a). A pair of garters in pink and green silk (and possibly another colour?), plus gilt metal. Tasseled ends. In 57 7/16" x 2 9/16". Dated to 1575-1600; Italy.

Purses from Colonial Williamsburg.
  • A 'stocking purse' or 'long purse' in pale blue silk, incorporating a repeating diamond pattern of holes. Embroidered with silk and silver metallic threads, metallic threads on tasselled tip. Accession no. 1971-1421.  Dated to 1650-1720; England. [To find, click on "Explore purses", then select the fourth purse.]
  • A stocking purse in medium green silk, incorporating a repeating pattern of holes (including diamond patterns). "Oblique frame twining." Metallic threads on tasselled tip. Accession no. 1971-1423. Dated to 1750-1800; England. [To find, select the fourteenth purse].
  • Note: later purses (dated 1790-1840, accession no.s 1971-1458 and 1971-1427) are knitted but incorporate holes in diamond patterns, possibly mimicking the earlier sprang.

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