A Norwich Shawl Counterpane cut up and remade to make a valance. An act of 19th century vandalism, or the creation of a new valuable textile furnishing? While attending a recent textile exhibition, I saw a number of cards like this on a trader's stall. They attracted many people, and I too was captivated by them and spent quite a while perusing them. However, I became very uneasy - particularly when I saw more than one fragment had been cut from the same piece. On the one hand one could argue the democratisation of the ownership of textile pieces, on the other hand such a degree of fragmentation renders the item more and more unintelligible. One could argue that pieces were small to start with and were not precious, on the other hand one might ask if there was not a demand for the small 'relics', would items ever have been divided and might they have remained intact? Mmmm. Would you buy this?