Just Imported in the Ship Hunter, Capt. Wilson, from LONDON...........a general assortment of EUROPEAN and INDIA GOODS , viz,...........silk handkerchiefs, flower’d linen ditto, cotton ditto..... Boston Evening Post, June 23rd, 1760
In run-away ads, portraits, genre art, advertisements and thefts we find handkerchiefs of many descriptions, worn by women and men for fashion and practicality through out the 18th century and on in to the 19th century. The coloring and patterning of this handkerchief is based on several cotton pieces in a pieced bed-hanging in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. The bed-hanging consisted of hundreds of different prints on cotton and linen/cotton ranging in date from the 1740's up to the 1760's.