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Handkerchief

1785-1815
Origin: England or United States, Worn in New York, Albany
OH: 44 1/2 in.; OW: 42. 1/2 in.; One selvedge edge running along one side of the handkerchief.
Cotton, Silk
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2018-201
A large white cotton handkerchief with multi-color tambour embroidery. The handkerchief is bordered on all four sides with red and brown swags with yellow dots. This border is reversed at opposite corners suggesting that this piece was designed to be worn folded in half as a triangle. The two sides that come to the point a center back has the addition of another green/yellow vine with green and pink leaves surrounded by yellow dots on either side of the swag. This section also has an additional blue vine. The center back point has a floral spray of yellow green stems and leaves with blue and pink flowers.

Worn in Albany, New York.
Provenance:Sold at Kerry Taylor Auctions, June 18, 2018
Ex. Collection of Cora Ginesburg
Puchased from the Ten-Eyck family of Albany