Placido wrote:Aaahhaaahh, just have thought of this first ....... after your explanation, Greg, I had a dip into my grandad's old dictionary and there it is ~ lustring - a species of glossy silk.
Derives from the noun "lustre". Nothing to do with the mediaeval stringed instrument so I would hazard that the correct name of the moff under discussion is "Common Lustring". I like that .
No! The name is Common lutestring ! ( there's also a Poplar lutestring, a Satin lutestring and an Oak lutestring (moff))
Where's that sofa .....................
noun lute·string \ˈlüt-(ˌ)striŋ\
Definition of LUTESTRING
: a plain glossy silk formerly much used for women's dresses and ribbons