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 pattern of this handkerchief is based on our research of primary printed textiles of the 18th century. The color combination of red and black is a popular one we found in the Foundling collection from the 1750's onward and the small stylized flower is typical of many similar flower patterns we found in 18th century India as well as English textiles,
Measuring approximately 34 inches square it is made of hand loomed cotton mull, block printed and hand finished.