Anti-macassar, white cotton, roughly square, filet crochet, patriotic design from a commercial pattern, with flags, crosses and a crown; bearing patriotic text on Edith Cavell.
HANDCRAFTS Needlework crochet sample
History and use
This anti-macassar was made by Mrs Theresa Ada Beadman of Toowoomba just after World War 1. During the War, many women included patriotic sentiments in their arts and crafts as a way of demonstrating their support for the servicemen at the front. This anti-macassar pays tribute to English nurse Edith Cavell, who was shot by an enemy firing squad during World War 1.
An anti-macassar is a piece of fabric, often elaborately worked, placed on the backs of chairs to protect them. Their name is derived from a common hair oil of the early 20th Century, Macassar Oil.