Dark Red "Spot'd" Silk Handkerchief


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DAR Museum Reproduction by Burnley & Trowbridge Co.

“Spotted” handkerchiefs appear frequently through out the 18th and on into the 19th c.  Originally made by “tie & dye” method in India,  English dyers sought to duplicate the popular style at minimal cost by blocking the popular and lively patterns.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 color Red appears constantly in shop advertisements, runaway ads and also makes frequent appearances in genre paintings.  This handkerchief is a reproduction of a handkerchief in the collection of the DAR Museum.  It is scaled and colored to match the original.  The pattern is one that appears to be very common being held in a number of collections and found as well in paintings in the Red as well as a Golden Yellow.   It 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% silk.
  • Lightweight and hand hemmed.
  • NOTE: Image shows full handkerchief. 
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