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5963 Soft White “Chek’d” Hanky Weight Linen – $12.00 yd.

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100%  Linen  62 inches wide
The term “checked” in the 18th century referred to any number of patterns woven or printed that intersected at right angles in order to create squares.  This beautiful, sheer linen with a drawn thread is identical to linen we found several times while researching in the London Foundling collection as well as in a book of Manchester England goods dated early 1780’s.  In all of the Foundling cases we did not have a designator to tell us what garment this fine linen might have been made into.  Based on the garments an infant wore, we imagined it might have been a cap or perhaps a piece from the mother’s neckerchief, or apron.   This fine linen is suitable for a fine child’s gown, aprons, mantelets, tuckers, sleeve ruffles, neckerchiefs, as well late 18th century or early 19th century gowns.  It would also make lovely summer bed or window curtains.

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