Point D`Angleterre

Point d`Angleterre: An intentionally misleading term used in England and France to describe Brussels lace. Following a ban in England in 1662 on the import of foreign lace, English lace merchants, unable to source lace of a high enough quality from British manufacturers, resorted to smuggling it from Brussels, calling it Point d`Angleterre, or English point, in order to deceive the authorities. France, under similar import restrictions, also sold Brussels lace using this name. To this day, all Brussels lace is called Point d`Angleterre in France.
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