Artificial Flowers - Pearlescent Sprays, circa 1939-1989 Object Reg. No: SH 910926

Six sprays of pearlescent artificial flowers. Made or acquired for use by Miss Edith M. Barnett.

Miss Barnett was born in 1905 and lived at 558 Camberwell Road, Camberwell from around 1939. She was apprenticed as a milliner when she was about 16, first at Georgettes and later with Peggy Walsh. For many years Miss Barnett conducted her millinery business from her Camberwell home. She made headdresses for the National Ballet Company for many years, taught millinery at the YWCA and taught craft, especially millinery and the dressing of dolls, through the Country Women's Association (CWA). She also seems to have showed her work: in 1937 a Miss E. M. Barnett won first prize at the Royal Show for a lamp shade; in 1940 she received a Royal Show judges' award for two hand-made paper flowers in 'Art Crafts - Amateurs' section. In the 1930s and 1940s a Miss E.M. Barnett also won several prizes for cookery at the Show.
Six sprays of pearlescent artificial flowers.1-5 are small bunches of flowers comprised of three leaves and five flowers. The flowers and leaves are made of plastic and finished with a pearly varnish. The bunches have been formed by wire stems attached to the backs of the leaves and flowers, being bound tightly together with a silky thread to form one thick stem crowned by the flower arrangement. Spray 6 is identical to sprays 1-5 except that it has only four flowers in the arrangement.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Edith Barnett, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.00 cm (Height), 6.50 cm (Width), 9.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: trades, handcrafts, commerce, millinery
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Hat Making & Millinery
Tertiary Classification: components & trims
User: Miss Edith Barnett, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia, 1939-1989

Date Miss Barnett thought to have worked as a milliner from her home in Camberwell.
References: .4 and .5 are currently on display in the Stepping into History showcase, May 1994.

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