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6005 - Red & White Cross Bar Check Light Weight Linen - $12.00 yd.

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100% Irish Linen 60 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.  Checked linens were used for a variety of purposes most often found in aprons, shirts, children’s clothing, trousers and linings as well as many household items such as toweling, bed hangings and chair coverings.  Runaway descriptions and other contemporary writings occasionally make reference to a check or cross bar gown  or petticoat.  This check is virtually identical to a check we studied that was  left as a token for a little boy left at the Foundling Hospital, London in September 1759.  There was no designator as to what piece of clothing it was, however we have looked at hundreds of checks in our research and perhaps this was part of the mother’s clothing (an apron) or a part of the child’s clothing (a gown).  The weight of this linen makes it suitable for men’s shirts, aprons, children’s clothing, linings and utilitarian needs. 

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