Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lace from Orient?

No. The wedding veil I wore in 1965 was not from the Orient, though my mother thought so at that time. It made a good story for the newspaper: "Sandra Nichols, Wearing Antique Lace from Orient, Weds ..."
"Her veil of luminous lace was brought from the Far East in a clipper ship by her great-great-great-grandfather, Joshua Ward, for the marriage of his daughter, Mary Holyoke Ward, in 1833 to Andrew Nichols, son of Major Andrew Nichols of the American Revolution." Don't believe everything you read! The veil was probably imported from Europe, according to a textile expert I later consulted. That style of veil was used in Massachusetts in the 1820's and 1830's.
Other corrections: The sea captain was Mary's grandfather (my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Joshua Ward).

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