Embroidered burse

St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London NW6

In ecclesiastical terms, a burse is for carrying the "corporal" — the linen cloth used to cover the elements in the Eucharist (OED)

The delicate white embroidery is perfect here: like all forms of embroidery, white on white was rather fashionable at this time, but required a great deal of skill. [Commentary continues below. Mouse over the text for links.]

Photographs by John Salmon, with thanks to St Augustine's Church; text by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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