Jean or Bev Walker might be better than me at identification, but could these 
braids be formed by tablet weaving? I believe the technique does date back that 
far, and they certainly look similar to the braids I made as samples at college 
some years ago? Being a warp/weft technique, it would also explain the loose 
threads along the sides of some of the braid, possibly where the weft thread 
has worn away 'on the turn' over the years.

Jane Partridge
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Could
these braids be a form of plaiting? (cf Devon's giant plaits introduced a
few years back). We each need another lifetime to experiment with such
things!
Gil

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