Artificial Fruit - Lemon Spray, circa 1939-1989 Object Reg. No: SH 910944

Small bunch of artificial lemons, for decorating a hat, made in France. Acquired for use in millinery 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.
Small bunch of artificial lemons. The spray consists of six lemons, made of a plastic material, together with seven cloth green leaves on a green-coloured stem.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Edith Barnett, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 3.00 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Width), 15.00 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
Inscriptions: There is a cloth label at the back of the spray, which reads "Paris/No.694/Color/Made in France."
Place Made: Paris, France
User: Miss Edith Barnett, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia, circa 1939-1989

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