n.1.A man who deals in lace.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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And to say the truth, there is, in all points, great difference between the reasonable passion which women at this age conceive towards men, and the idle and childish liking of a girl to a boy, which is often fixed on the outside only, and on things of little value and no duration; as on cherry-cheeks, small, lily-white hands, sloe-black eyes, flowing locks, downy chins, dapper shapes; nay, sometimes on charms more worthless than these, and less the party's own; such are the outward ornaments of the person, for which men are beholden to the taylor, the laceman, the periwig-maker, the hatter, and the milliner, and not to nature.
In addition to Scott's wares, Drury Lane expended another 40 [pounds sterling] on lace from other dealers: John Hewetson, a gold and silver-laceman with premises in King Street, Covent Garden, Mr Jones, a worsted-laceman, and Mr Elliott, listed simply as "laceman" (Drury Lane Theatre Journals 1771-72 ff.
(24) All three were made by the royal upholsterer, Thomas Phill, working with the joiner Richard Roberts and the laceman William Weeks, who supplied the trimmings.
WILLAM WEEKS, Laceman (No 35, fol.65) For Furniture for a Bedd Windo Curtains hangings Chairs etc for his Maty's New Appartmt at Kensington [includes all the rooms]
Even more expensive than the cloth were the gold edging, gold fringe and gold tassels supplied by Charles Matthews, laceman, which amounted to 105.4s [pounds sterling].