Silk or rayon stocking material, dyed; 18" x 11 1/2";
Mat made by Gladys Mitchell; Harrington Harbour, Québec, ca. 1935.
This mat does not have a Grenfell Labrador Industries label, rather
there is a paper label with the maker's name affixed to the reverse. In
conversations with Mrs. Chislett (nee Mitchell) she has said that, while
this was a Grenfell Mission pattern, she copied the design and sold it on one of
the tourist ships which toured the coast in the summer. The Mission design
had three puffins and it is possible that this mat design was "took off"
the original. The older mat hookers interviewed said that they would never sew
a Grenfell label on to one of their own mats as they would not want to be
accused of stealing.
Mat in the possession of Paula Laverty. Photo courtesy of Paula Laverty.