Hand towel

Object Number: 
1941.941
Date: 
1829-1835
Medium: 
Linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 67 1/2 x 18 in. ( 171.4 x 45.7 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: bottom center of towel: "1835" cut: top center of drawnwork panel: "1829"
Description: 
Handmade linen hand towel with fabric tape loops at the top corners for suspension, square areas of drawnwork go down either side, containing stylized images of animals, plants and flowers, and a girl in a dress, going down the center are cross stitched stylized images of flowers and birds; there is a square panel of drawnwork at the bottom trimmed with drawnwork lacey fringe.
Gallery Label: 
Hand towels were worked by adolescent girls of Pennsylvania German families and hung on the door between the kitchen and the sitting room of the home. The peak of hand towel production was between 1820 and 1850.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group