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Handkerchief

1785-1815
Origin: Probably England, Worn in New York, Albany
OH: 40 in.; OW: 39 1/2 in.; no selvage edges present
Cotton
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2018-202
A large white cotton handkerchief that was block printed to shape. A running flower and leaf boarder encloses four sides of the handkerchief that is now a brown sepia tone, but was a rich purple color. Each corner has a centered sprig motif. The cotton was woven with heavier threads on all four sides of the handkerchief close to the border, perhaps to denote where to cut the pieces or to allow more threads to help with the printing.

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