I finally stopped into a sweet little vintage store on Guadalupe, in downtown Austin called simply
– I ❤ Vintage –
right across the street from The Buffalo Exchange.
And as soon as I walked in, I found this sweet little handkerchief!
It’s a very nice example of “rick rack crochet.” In this case, the “rick rack” used was only about 1/8″ wide. This is a horseshoe style of trim.
The embroidery on the front is in Spanish and reads, “Ay amor me duele tonto.” Which http://www.spanishdict.com tells me means “Oh love it hurts me so.”
You can see two halves of a broken heart also in the embroidery.
An odd little sentiment to stitch into a lovely kerchief, it seems to me. But then, if the kerchief is for crying, then I suppose it makes sense!
You can see other examples of rick rack style crochet from the late 1800’s, early 1900’s and late 1900’s in my Pinterest collection here.