Golden Yellow "Spot'd" Silk Handkerchief


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“Spotted” handkerchiefs appear frequently through out the 18th and on into the 19th c.  Originally made by “tie & dye” method in India,  English dyers sought to duplicate the popular style at minimal cost by blocking the popular and lively patterns.  The yellow color seen appears  in shop advertisements, runaway ads and has been found in mezzo-tints and satires.  This handkerchief is based on our reproduction of a handkerchief in the collection of the DAR Museum.  It is scaled  to match that original and then colored to match the handkerchiefs found in other collections such as this original in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg and this one in the collection of the National Trust  The pattern itself, has a time span from 1750 to as late as 1865 as demonstrated by this silk bolt retrieved from the Bertrand Steamboat which sank in 1865.

  • Measures approximately 36 inches square. 
  • 100% hand loomed silk.
  • Lightweight and hand hemmed.
  • NOTE: Image shows full handkerchief. 
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