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 fragment of a woman's hood from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (accession no. 89.233). Dated to possibly 200 BC - 150 AD; Greco-Egyptian Ptolemaic or Roman. It is linen and consists of a simple, net-like pattern. The fragment is currently 8 x 9 cm.

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

A hat from the Victoria & Albert Museum (museum no. 50-1891). Dated to 330-540; Egypt. It is predominantly made of undyed linen in a complex pattern. The edges are decorated with narrow stripes of red wool on which there is a diamond pattern in green, yellow and white wool. It measures 10.4 x 32 cm.

A bag or head covering from the Cooper Hewitt Museum (accession no. 1971-50-482, object ID 18474817). Dated to the 5th Century. It is red and blue striped (or red and green, depending on which pictures you believe) and has a repeating pattern of flower-like clusters of holes. It measures 43 x 26 cm and is made of wool.

A hat from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession no. 21.6.2). Dated to probably the 5th-8th Century; probably Egyptian. It is mostly red and has complex stripe patterns in other colours.

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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