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Deep River Lace Company, CT

October 17, 2021 7:17 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

I was trying to find something else in the Connecticut Historical Society archives, and came across this image of the workmen (and that woman photobombing in the back corner) of the Deep River Lace Company.

To see what else was out there about Deep River Lace, I just quickly searched and found this article in the NYT archives: 

Lace Factory And Artistry Of Old World Quietly Fade

Talks about a lot of old Leavers equipment and a style called "Rachel lace". Interesting tidbit about the Leaver's machines:

"But it is not entirely dying out. Each of the six huge machines from the Deep River shop weighs 16 tons and stands 9 feet 6 inches tall--a design essentially unchanged from the prototype built by John Leavers, an English lace worker, in 1813. But they are not being decommissioned. Instead the machines will be shipped to Calais, France, where the old ways of lace-making still hold sway and eager apprentices can be found."

The NYT article also references a bit about a similar mill in Rhode Island, "Rhode Island Lace Works in West Barrington" also to close soon, in August of 1990. 

Has anyone ever researched any of this? Are there some old newsletter pieces or any local scholars of this around? 


  • October 18, 2021 8:23 AM | Mary Linden
    I was with a group to tour the factory before it closed and have a sample of the lace.
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    • October 18, 2021 9:22 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)
      Oh, good, I'm glad there's knowledge about it around.
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      • October 18, 2021 12:10 PM | Mary Linden
        Mary, I have the article Mrs.Katherine Dopp, Vermont, published in the 9/1981 issue of the IOLI bulletin of her visit.
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