Dark Red "Spot'd" Silk Handkerchief


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DAR Museum Reproduction Dark Red "Spot'd" Silk Handkerchief, by Burnley & Trowbridge Co.

“Spotted” handkerchiefs, such as our Dark Red "Spot'd" Silk Handkerchief, appear  throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries.  Originally made by “tie & dye” method in India, English dyers sought to duplicate the popular style at minimal cost by blocking the lively patterns.  The color Red appears consistently in shop advertisements, runaway ads, and genre paintings.  This Dark Red "Spot'd" Silk Handkerchief is a reproduction of one in the collection of the DAR Museum.  It is scaled and colored to match the original.  The pattern appears in a number of collections, and is found in paintings in both Red and Golden Yellow.   It appears from 1750 to as late as 1865, as demonstrated by this silk bolt retrieved from the Bertrand Steamboat, which sank in 1865.

Our Dark Red "Spot'd Silk Handkerchief:

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