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VINTAGE CLOTHES & ACCESS > VINTAGE HANDKERCHIEFS

Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace

TEXTILES & LINENS > OTHER LINENS & LACE

Material:  Linen Lawn, Lace
Color:  Soft White
Size:  apx. 19 inches square, overall
Age:  apx. 1850 - 1890s
Origin:  France, Continental
Quantity:  1

A truly divine antique 19th century handkerchief, likely French in origin and dating to the Napoleon III / Victorian era, c. 1850 - 1890s.
The diaphanous, sheer lawn center, which I believe to be extremely fine hand loomed handkerchief linen,  was skillfully embroidered with outstanding hand whitework embroidery in a naturalistic aesthetic floral and foliage design suggestive of the Romanticism period.  A variety of delicate needle lace fillings meander playfully along between the flower motifs.  The shaped and scalloped perimeter is further embellished with tiny embroidered scallops, to which a a fine handmade period Valenciennes linen bobbin lace border was attached by hand.
Surely originally intended for a special occasion, such as bridal, wedding or communion, the hanky could be used today for the same purposes, or perhaps added to a special collection.
This antique textile is in very good antique estate condition.  Presented as acquired, very clean and bright, however a gentle soak may further lighten.  Fine lawn center remains strong and sturdy, with only a few tiny pinholes, as can be seen in the last two photos, (one of which is shown near red pen in Image #8, with a magnified view of same overlaid, lower left)  plus a small sprinkle of tiny light specks, near gray pen in same image.  No other spots, stains or marks found.  A couple of minute separations in the fine needlelace fillings noted after images taken; see image #7 for example.  The Valenciennes lace trim is excellent condition, with no noted issues.
This exceptional antique embroidered white work hankie, notable for fine overall design, high quality construction and execution, plus exceptional condition, would make a divine special occasion memento, as well as an outstanding addition to even the most discriminated antique textile or vintage clothing collection.

Exceptional Antique 19th Century Large French Whitework Embroidered Linen Handkerchief, w/ Handmade Needle Lace & Valenciennes Bobbin Lace

$ 495.00

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Antique Handmade Mixed Lace ~ Brussels Duchesse Bobbin Lace & Point De Gaze Needlelace, Passementerie Trim Yardage, 19th Century

Antique Handmade Mixed Lace ~ Brussels Duchesse Bobbin Lace & Point De Gaze Needlelace, Passementerie Trim Yardage, 19th Century

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