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Medium Captain Wilkinson Cotton Handkerchief


100% cotton, 36" (91 cm) square

This handkerchief is inspired by the neck handkerchief worn by Captain Andrew Wilkinson dated 1755 by James Macardell at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Little may be seen of the actual handkerchief he wears but it does show a dark ground with what appear to be the edges of rounded flowers. Nonetheless, printed handkerchiefs were worn by both men and women of the working class. These cotton handkerchiefs have a rolled hem all the way around. In the 1770 Pennsylvania Gazette an ad included "Run away . . .  a native Irish Servant Woman . . .  had on, and took with her . . .  one large Kenting Handkerchief, with a flowered Border" 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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