I was lucky enough to have this beauty in my care for about a week. It's a Victorian (or possibly Edwardian) lace dicky. It's basically a false shirt front and would have been worn under a jacket or dress. It appears to be entirely hand sewn.
My grandmother volunteers at a local museum and brought this lovely piece home to wash. Apparently it was crumpled up behind something and at first she thought it was a rag! The museum is run by volunteers so unfortunately some of the items are not as well cared for as they should be. My grandmother gave it to me since she knows I have a better understanding on how to deal with vintage fabrics. It wasn't actually dirty, so I gave it a quick steam clean to bring it back to it's former glory. It has a few smalls tears but is generally in good condition. It has since been returned to the museum, but it was lovely to look at hanging in my room for the week.