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As a decorative work of art, lace, accord, no to many people, is not surpassed by anything in the line of pottery, tapestry, oriental rugs, or any other product of applied art. But how little we know of this beautiful work! The price makes it prohibitive for the person of ordinary means, and we are not all so fortunate as to have heirlooms of beautiful handmade, or "real" lace as it is called. Furthermore, the machine made imitations of every kind of lace, which may now be bought in any shop so closely resemble the originals that it is difficult for one having but little knowledge of lace to detect them.