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VINTAGE CLOTHES & ACCESS > VINTAGE HANDKERCHIEFS

Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3
Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3

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Material:  Linen Batiste
Color:  White
Size:  16.50 inches x 16 inches
Age:  1870 - 1890s
Origin:  French, France
Quantity:  1

A divine large antique French whitework embroidery handkerchief, dating to the later 19th century Victorian era, c. 1870 - 1890s.
Completely hand stitched on diaphanous linen batiste by a very talented needleworker, this antique textile features an intricate and beautifully executed meandering leaf and vine embroidered motif surrounding the entire perimeter.  The fancy hand embroidery is accented with buttonhole details and minute seed stitches similar to the quality found in the finest Appenzell work.
Each corner is further embellished with additional flourishes.  One corner also features a fancy and finely executed two letter monogram that I believe may be " F T ".  The initials were worked in a padded satin stitch, accented with the tiniest seed stitches in an ornate design that also cleverly incorporates the playful leaf and vine motif.
This sheer, clean, pressed white handkerchief is in exceptionally nice antique estate condition, with no noted rips, tears, stains, specks, or missing stitches, etc. Though the fabric is wonderfully delicate and almost transparent, it remains very strong and sturdy, with no noted integrity issues.
Certainly an attractive, very nice condition period example that would make a wonderful special occasion memento, ie; wedding, bridal, engagement, christening, confirmation, birthday, holiday, anniversary, etc., as well as a fine addition to  a discrimination hankie, vintage clothing, or historic textiles collection.

Although I cannot now recall the source, I previously read that in the 18th and early 19th centuries handkerchiefs were used mainly by men.  Women who did have access to these rare luxuries, mainly from wealthy families, utilized hankys much like fans of the period, for flirting and showing off their graceful hands

Please Note:  This handkerchief was acquired from an important European estate along with two additionally hankies featuring the same monogram, with similar style, condition and age; see our other listings for #1 and #2.

Fine Large Antique 19th Century Victorian French Embroidered Whitework Linen Handkerchief, Hanky #3

$ 215.00

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