Beautiful bed-head

17th September 2009 - 15:02
Submitted by Rosanna Holmes
Question: 

I discovered this embroidery hidden away at the back of a drawer in my grandfather’s desk. How old is it and where do you think it was made? What is the best way to display and preserve it?
Anthea Guthrie, by email

Answer: 

A What a very pretty piece of English metal-thread embroidery, which, judging by the shape, could have been intended for a bed-head. The different shades and design date it no earlier than 1780-1800.
If you want to keep it on display, have it mounted in a frame behind non-reflecting glass and hang it on a wall away from direct sunlight. If it’s double bed size, it’s worth £1,000-£1,500 but if single, £500-£800.

Answered by: 
Bunny Campione, miscellaneous specialist