Parlor Passementerie on Display Under the Staircase

 Visitors to the Mansion are now enjoying an exhibit recently installed by Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind in a new lighted case under the stairs in the back of the stair hall.  It features the dazzling silk passementerie (trimmings) that originally embellished the window hangings in the Parlor.  Believed to have been made in Paris, these floral festoons, tiebacks, tassels, and edging reveal the rich and colorful décor of the room as the Morses knew it.
The exhibit includes an original curtain pin from the Parlor as well as historic photographs that show the passementerie in context.  The exhibit was made possible by a grant that Victoria
 Mansion received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to clean, re-house, and exhibit its unique collection of mid-nineteenth century passementerie.
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