Thank you Brenda for that,  I found out about many things concerning the Queens 
wardrobe it made fascinating reading also made me very curious to know more.... 
I  shall be looking into that . 
Sue M Harvey
Norfolk UK 

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> On 21 Feb 2018, at 21:57, Brenda Paternoster <> 
> wrote:
> What Thomas Wright actually wrote is
> ‘ "…bone-lace it is named, because first made with bone (since wooden)
> bobbins.”
> In the wardrobe accounts of Queen Elizabeth’s day the terms “bone lace”
> (which was made with a fine thread) and “bobbin lace” (which was made with
> a coarser thread) often occur - “bone,” however more frequently than
> “bobbin.”
> In the first quoted sentence he appears to be saying that bone lace was just
> an earlier name for bobbin lace.
> In the second sentence he’s saying that the term bone lace occurs more
> frequently than the term bobbin lace and although he says that bobbin lace is
> coarser he doesn’t provide a source to corroborate that statement.
> Maybe looking at the wardrobe accounts of Queen Elizabeth I would shed light
> on it.
> A couple of interesting websites about Queen Elizabeth I’s
> <>
> and
> <>
> BTW the references in the second website which begin PRO LC 5/  are old
> references, they should now be TNA LC 5/
> PRO = Public record office   which is now known as The National Archives (TNA)
> at Kew, London
> LC = Lord Chamberlain’s Department and 5= Great Wardrobe
> Just looking at one of the items on TNA Discovery database
> <>
> shows that it’s a public record available for public viewing, but not
> digitised or online so it would be necessary to visit TNA in person to see the
> original.
>> In Thomas Wright’s “Romance of the Lace Pillow,” on page 8 he makes a
> distinction between bone lace as being finer, and bobbin lace as being
> coarser. My other trusted sources (Levey, Palliser, Earnshaw, etc) make no
> distinction, and my understanding has always been that bone lace is just an
> early name for bobbin lace. What say you all?
> Brenda in Allhallows
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