I recently came into possession of this crochet book, published in 1912. It's so old that I call it "antique" and not "vintage".
It's amazing how much fine detail is in the various patterns. I cannot imagine finding the time to make myself ribbon trims like these shown below, but I guess back in the day, these trims were all hand-made. It reminds of these lines from my all-time favorite movie, Gosford Park:
-- Elsie (Head Housemaid): "God, look at this, machine made lace."
-- Barnes: "Hark at her!"
-- Elsie (Head Housemaid): "I hate cheap clothes. They're twice the work and they never look as good."
I also like these collars:
Here are some more complex trims:
I had to search the web to find out that convolvulus is a plant. (To me, it sounds like something medical!)
And finally, these animal motifs are sort of cute:
As interesting as this book is, I'm not keeping it. I'm sending it off to my bloggy friend Ellen who loves to crochet far more than I do, and also loves to collect things far more than I do.