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VINTAGE CLOTHES & ACCESS > VINTAGE HANDKERCHIEFS > PAGE 2

TEXTILES & LINENS > OTHER LINENS & LACE > PAGE 3

Diminutive Six Inch Antique Lawn & Handmade Lace Embroidered Handkerchief, Child, Doll, Love Token, Salesman Sample?
Diminutive Six Inch Antique Lawn & Handmade Lace Embroidered Handkerchief, Child, Doll, Love Token, Salesman Sample?
Diminutive Six Inch Antique Lawn & Handmade Lace Embroidered Handkerchief, Child, Doll, Love Token, Salesman Sample?

Material:  Fine lawn & handmade lace
Color:  White
Size:  6 inches square, including lace border,
         5 Inches square, not including lace border
Quantity:  1

What an interesting little antique textile treasure, purchased from a European estate.
 

This handkerchief is very small and so charming.   It is bordered with an attractive handmade passementerie trim that I believe to be French Valenciennes bobbin lace.
 

The fine lawn center is hand embroidered with teeny, tiny stitches in a dainty floral, vine and foliage trellis motif.
 

The hanky is completely hand stitched.  The hand made lace has been sewn to the lawn center entirely by hand and as mainly found on 19th century examples, the lace is gathered at the corners.
 

The handkerchief is in exceptionally nice antique estate condition.  It is clean, with no stains, spots or specks and free of snags, tears, holes, or any other issues.
 

I find the size and elegant style of the hanky to be rather intriguing.  Even for a child's handkerchief this would be considered quite small and it is certainly fancy for a child, although possibly it may have been intended for a special occasion, such as a christening, first communion or other similar important event.
 

Due to size and composition it has also been suggested that the hanky may have been given as a Love Token, a smaller version of a full size handkerchief, exchanged with sentiment  in previous centuries.  A salesman sample ?   A handkerchief for that elegant French Bebe doll?    Bridal, wedding, flower girl?  Needless to say, I find all possibilities interesting and very intriguing.  Whatever may have been the original purpose, or use, of this charming hanky, I think most will agree it is certainly an attractive, well made, diminutive little treasure,  sure to please collectors of children's items, doll fanciers, handkerchief and textile lovers and more.
PLEASE NOTE:  actual color is best represented in the first and third images.

Diminutive Six Inch Antique Lawn & Handmade Lace Embroidered Handkerchief, Child, Doll, Love Token, Salesman Sample?

$ 49.99

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