Lace samples from M. Meyer & Company

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creationbefore 1938
GenreClothing, Jewellery & Textiles
Object ID1998.007.001
Previous NUmber98.007.007
CreatorM. Meyer & Company
Place of CreationCologne, Germany
DescriptionFour lace samples mounted onto a blue card stock. Lace affixed with adhesive and secured with a M. Meyer & Co. seal at top. Stickers with handwritten details about the lace pattern and available colours attached beside each sample. Smaller pieces of fabric dyed in different colours below each sample. 
Materials/Techniqueslace on card stock
Measurements24 x 34 cm folded horizontally; 48 cm unfolded
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre by Paul Meyer
Classificationlace (needlework), card stock
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Paul Meyer
NoteFounded by Max Meyer in the 19th century, the M. Meyer & Co. business based in Cologne, Germany was a prosperous and well-known lace producer for the European fashion industry before being Aryanized during the Holocaust.

When the donor returned to Cologne in 1954, he found this sample card in the cellar of where the Meyer family business used to be. The rest of the building had been damaged but the cellar remained in good condition.

The donor recalls that one of the patterns, the Sea Star (in light blue on the inside of the sample card), was particularly popular.