After pining after a chantilly lace shawl for the longest time, I finally broke down and bought one for myself. This original chantilly lace shawl is from the mid-19th century and will be perfect to wear for nicer civil war living history events.
Chantilly lace is a bobbin lace with a fine ground and ornate designs. These shawls were very fashionable in the mid-19th century and were a standard item in any well dressed lady's wardrobe.
It's virtually impossible to find a reproduction lace shawl even remotely close to the beauty and delicacy of the originals.