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Blue and White Check WLG 310


100% linen, ~5 oz., 57" wide

This very dark indigo check is identical to several samples found in the billet books at The Foundling Museum in London. Blue and white checks are the most common found in runaway descriptions and swatch books from the 18th to early 19th century. This fabric was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1775 Connecticut Courant, "run away . . .  an apprentice boy . . .  carried away with him . . .  a check linen shirt." as cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Off white linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 19 July, 2017.

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