Also known as abigails, a ladies maid was preferably French, but more commonly English. She was responsible for dressing her mistress, caring for her mistress’ clothes, carrying messages, encouraging or discouraging her lovers, and accompanying her mistress on errands.
Mantua Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: 1740-1745 (made) 1920s (altered) Artist/Maker: Leconte (decorator) Giles, Magdalene (possibly, maker) Materials and Techniques: Ribbed silk with silver thread embroidery, couched and worked in satin stitch Museum number: T.227AB-1970 "The train is signed 'Rec'd of Mdme Leconte by me Magd. Giles'. The name Leconte has been associated with Huguenot embroideresses working in London between 1710 and 1746."