133 West Main Street Suite #160 Northville, MI . 48167   USA                            ...honoring the history of Handmade Lace



 IN SEARCH OF LACE.... took us to Cantu, Italy for THE 14th INTERNATIONAL LACE BIENNIAL...and then Valletta Malta in October of 2019

Maltese Lace Pillow (above)

Reticella Lace at The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  (above)

Cantu Lace, Late 19th Century  (above)

Maltese Lace-making Pillows and Tools  (below)



At this very DIFFICULT time, The Lace Museum Detroit is CLOSED to visitors due to the Pandemic that is affecting all of our lives, on a Global Scale.  We at the Museum wish each and every one of you throughout the world, GREAT HEALTH and SAFETY and STRENGTH as we persevere.

If there needs to be communication with the Museum, please contact the Owner/Curator Mary Salmon at USA (937) 681-7219

We look forward to seeing or hearing from you in the future when it is appropriate to again open the Museum!

In Search of Lace

9th Marquis Nicholas de Piro shared his precious family collection of Maltese Lace with Mary Salmon at Valletta, Malta  and it was a pleasure meeting his colleague Caroline Tonna (above).

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Photos: The Living Lace Exhibit 

Brugge, Belgium 2018 (below)


New to the Museum is an astonishing piece of (tagged) Aemilia Ars Society Silk Lace.  Bologna, Italy, circa 1900 (above).

We are proud to exhibit a new collection of Antique/Vintage Lace-making Pillows purchased at auction in London. (above)

   18th and 19th Century  Handmade Lace & Linen
   Lace-making Tools, Textiles, and Fashion.
 Sales of Fine Antique Lace, Linen, & Textiles
      Vintage Fashion, Fabrics, and Buttons

          133 West Main Street    
 Northville Square   Suite #160

 Northville, Michigan  
   PH:  (937) 681-7219   United States

  Museum Hours:
TUESDAYS 12:00 - 5:00pm
THURSDAYS 12:00 - 5:00pm
SATURDAYS 12:00 -5:00PM

    We are always OPEN for Appointments


Antique Ecclesiastical Lace on exhibit at
St. Giles Catholic Church   Brugges, Belgium (above and below).

Detail of a Cantu Lace Tablecloth, Italy circa 1890
from a visit to Cantu, Italy  October 2019 (above)

The Lace Museum exhibits 19th Century Antique Lace Bobbins, Lace Making Tools, Antique Thread, Dressmaking Tools, and Antique Sewing Machines.  Lace Making Bobbins were mostly constructed from  wood, bone and even various metals; very rarely an ivory bobbin can be found. An example of a Bone Bobbin can be found, above, inscribed with Mary and spangled with glass beads.

A superb mint-condition Lace Fan with Mother of Pearl sticks with a beautifully detailed painting of a courting couple.  The fan is signed, probably Brussels Lace circa 1900 (above).

 A 16th century lace pattern (Reticella) from Les Singuliers et Nouveaux Pourtaicts; Federico de Vinciolo, dated 1587, shows how far into the past the art of Lacemaking extends.  (above).

Wealthy Victorian and Edwardian family households would commonly have Bed Linens constructed of the finest Linen, derived from famous Flax Fields such as those found in the cooler regions of  Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Flanders, or Ireland.  They were also elaborately hand-embroidered and monogrammed with a Family Crest or  Initials (above).

Edwardian Embroidered Tablecloth depicting the life of Joan of Arc (above).  


Italian Needlelace, circa 1870 (above)

The Lace Museum shows rotating exhibits of Authentic Victorian & Edwardian Fashion: Day Dresses, Promenade Dress, Vintage and Antique Evening Gowns, and clothing from the American Civil War. Rotating exhibits of Hand-made Bobbin Lace, Needlelace, and Victorian Machine-made Lace from Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland, Russia, and the Far-East.

Antique Needle and Bobbin Lace could also be richly decorated with glass beads and metallic thread, such as this lovely and rare piece of Victorian Trim for an Evening gown (above).

 Handmade Lace has become nearly extinct over the course of history due in large part to the introduction of Lace Machinery.  In America, the decline of the Pillow Lace Making craft at the Massachusetts Bay Colony of Ipswich suffered due to the production of Machine made Lace (above).

An original Victorian-era Detroit Designer - Hugo Hill - Visiting Ensemble.  (above and below).

          Antique Lacemaking Bobbins,
      probably mid-19th century (

                        18th Century Alb: 

  Handmade Needle Lace in the

    Italian Reticella Style (above).

Handmade 19th Century Needlelace often depicted mythical characters, historical events, a pastoral or country scene (above).

The Lace Museum Detroit also exhibits Edwardian Era Textile and Lace Fashion in the form of clothing, as well as hats, shoes, and purses of the period, similar to those in the photograph above

Italian Needlelace, circa 1870 (above)