Term used to describe a small, 19thC French work table with a rail bordering the edge. The term is from tricoteur 'knitter'.
Tricoteuse (tʁikɔtøz) is French for a knitting woman. The term is most often used in its historical sense as a nickname for the women who sat beside the guillotine during public executions in Paris in the French Revolution, supposedly continuing to knit in between executions. Amongst the items they knitted was the famous Liberty Cap or Phrygian...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricoteuse
In the French Revolution, one of the women who sat knitting in the National Convention and beneath the guillotine. ...Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20688
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