Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I recently acquired this "whatsit" and it definitely has me a bit puzzled. 

The materials and techniques place it firmly in the Victorian  or perhaps Edwardian era. It is crocheted of red wool with a woven trim tacked about 1 1/2" from the edge. This trim includes a chenille fringe or tails that have been woven into the fringe.

None of this would be too terribly puzzling, except it is obviously not intended to lay flat:

But instead is designed to go over something domed - here it is on an upsidedown stainless bowl, approximately 16" across and and 5" deep:

My first thought was a cover for a glass lampshade of some kind, but it just doesn't seem likely, as there is no central hole to allow venting of the heat/fumes, as is typical for lighting of the era.

So any ideas???


  1. Footstool cover? I don't know, but I love your blog. Fascinating stuff. ^_^

    Honestly it looks like a really cool footstool cover, or a really ugly hat.

  2. It's surely a cover for the under-foot pillow, just not finished. There're a lot of them in the magazines of those times.

  3. I also think It is a lamp shade.

  4. maybe a bowl cover for eating outside. the little tassels add weight to the perimeter to keep it in place..........