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6172 - Brown Ground "Spot'd & Flower'd" Cotton 2nds - WAS $16 NOW $12.00 yd.

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100% Cotton  50 inches wide

Dark grounded prints were popular from mid 18th century on, showing up in advertisements and orders.  Prints could be complex multi-colored florals to simple one and two color geometrics, sprigs or florals which were  inexpensive and highly desired.  In our research we found a good number of purple backgrounds with brown appearing midcentury and becoming popular especially in the 60’s on into the 70’s.  Our print is based on our work with the Foundling Museum token collection where we found several prints similar in style also using the brown ground with red and white. Ours is color matched to those originals.  A popular method of creating interest cheaply was to add a background to the print.  This was often done with nails put into the printing block to create a spotted ground.   The cotton cloth it is printed on is virtually identical in weight, weave and appearance to printed cotton we have documented.  This lot is 2nds for two reasons.  One the color ground is lighter then we specified but still acceptable within the realms of historic accuracy and second, because the pattern tends to run off grain.  Here is an example of it made up into a gown and you can see that it does not appear obvious, but it is something to be aware of.  This textile is suited to gowns, petticoats, Ladies jackets of all sorts, children’s gowns, linings, & men’s wrappers.

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