Reproduction from the Collection of Mary Doering by Burnley & Trowbridge
This beautiful silk handkerchief with it's simple blocked border is dated in Mary's collection to 1810. Black & Red is a common colorway described often in advertisements and found in textile prints as well. An 18th century handkerchief in the collection of the Nordiska Museet is similar to the aesthetic of this one and was surmised to possibly be a snuff handkerchief. An early 19th century handkerchief belonging to a sailor in the collection of the National Maritime Museum is similar as well with a red ground and white & black border. David Wilkie's "Distraining for Rent" 1815 shows a variety of handkerchiefs one being a red ground with border worn by a young mother. This handkerchief is suitable for an 18th or 19th century persona.
When you purchase this silk handkerchief a donation will be made to the Humane Rescue Alliance in honor of Mary who is an avid cat lover!