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From the Collection of Mary Doering by Burnley & Trowbridge
The original made of Silk and reproduced here dated in Mary's collection to 1810. It's block printed pattern has the earmark of earlier as well as later handkerchiefs of similar style. The color scheme of red, yellow & black is found in extant handkerchiefs as early as 1750 in the John Holker Manuscript to as late as 1820-50 in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Other handkerchiefs in the same style exist in the collections of the DAR Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Nordiska Museet. You see paintings and prints in the 18th and especially into the 19thc of these more elaborate designs being worn as men's cravats. The Nordiska Museet handkerchief is thought to be a snuff handkerchief as seen in this portrait from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. For those of you who want the ease of cotton, this handkerchief having a wide range will suit your 18th as well as 19th c persona.