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Wedding Ring Pads

Two oval covers for wedding rings, with the texts bruid and bruidegom respectively ('bride' and 'bridgroom'). The Netherlands, 1827. Two oval covers for wedding rings, with the texts bruid and bruidegom respectively ('bride' and 'bridgroom'). The Netherlands, 1827. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2014.1060.c-d.

The Textile Research Centre (TRC), Leiden, houses a box and four ovals (two cushions and two 'real' covers) made of silk and embroidered in silk with floral motifs and, on two of the ovals, two texts, namely (in Dutch) bruid and bruidegom ('bride' and 'bridegroom') respectively (TRC 2014.1060a-e). The box and pads were intended to hold the wedding rings before the ceremony. The ensemble dates to 1827.

The embroidery is worked in chenille thread with couching. Chenille thread was very popular in Europe for embroidery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

See also the cushion used to hold the keys of Nijmegen, presented to Louis Napoleon on 24 July 1808.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 27 November 2016).

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