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American Antique Needlework Show Towel (1800s)

American Antique Needlework Show Towel (1800s)

Regular price $128.00 USD
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A little lesson on towels, led by our American antique 'show towel'. Stitched with red cotton thread on unbleached, loose, ethereal linen. Unless you’ve touched it, you can't really know how soft it feels. The perfect backdrop for a joyful needlework design. (see the peacocks?)

So, what is a show towel? It is simply a special towel with decorative accents stitched into the fabric - often displayed when company comes to visit. (thank you Wikipedia.) You need to know that back in the early 1800s, towels were mainly utilitarian. Life was hard, and 'pretty' wasn't a priority for many people.

This old girl has roots. Handmade in the first half of the 19th century and used sparingly, she's in amazing condition for her age. Now up on the auction block and looking for a forever home. ❤❤❤

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Listing Includes

- ONE antique linen show towel with red and gray cotton needlework (as shown)

Item Condition

Very good condition with wear consistent with age and use. Impeccable hand stitching with a few loose threads and overall wear (making it softer). Fragile due to age. Recommend for display only.

>> Please view pictures carefully as they are part of the description. This is truly a one of a kind, found item. Embracing its vintage beauty, this piece may contain imperfections from years of wear. These imperfections are not considered defective.

Item Details

- Materials: linen, cotton

- Color: soft white, red, gray

- Dimensions: 54" x 14"


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