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Medium Ladies Maid Cotton Handkerchief


100% cotton, 36" (91 cm) square

This handkerchief is inspired by the handkerchief worn about the neck of A Ladies Maid Purchasing a Leek printed in 1772. Printed handkerchiefs tend to be worn by both men and women of the working class. Starting about 1800 these began to be called "neckerchief" although the term "handkerchief" persisted to the end of the 19th century. In the 18th century, when called "kerchief" it was preceded by the separate word "hand" making it "hand kerchief". These cotton handkerchiefs have a rolled hem all the way around. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette an ad included "Run away . . . an indented servant girl . . . a Scotch woman . . . had on, and took with her . . . two handkerchiefs, one blue and white, the other red and white" cited in the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls.

Hand wash in warm water.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 04 April, 2019.

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