1/2″ Pale Blue Silk Ribbon
Silk ribbon of 1/2″ (12 mm) width has many uses such as accenting a chip (aka straw) hat, cap, or gown. But 3/4″ silk ribbon may also be tied around the neck. For example look at this 1769 maid servant’s use of silk ribbon in both her cap and around her neck from The Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection. In The Virginia Gazette of 1751 “RAN away . . . a white Servant Woman . . . has a little of the Irish Brogue, but denies that Country . . . having stole an Ash colour’d Camblet Gown, tied at the Sleeves with blue Ribbons”.
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