Antique Handkerchiefs ~ Fragile Beauty

I blog a lot about antique handkerchiefs because I think they are breathtaking. The amount of workmanship that went into hand-making these pieces of art is astounding. I am, by no means, an expert on types of lace, but I believe this is a combination of tape lace and bobbin lace:

Bobbin lace hand-made in the late 1800s or early 1900s

Bobbin lace hand-made in the mid 1800s

It’s beautiful, don’t you think?  Here’s another photo with a closer look at this gorgeous handkerchief:

Hand-made bobbin lace c. late 1800s early 1900s

Hand-made bobbin lace c. mid-1800s

Now I’ll tell you a little bit about its provenance. I purchased approximately 18 handkerchiefs from a representative of a 90-year old woman. She told the representative that HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER MADE them!  That means the handkerchiefs were made in the mid-1800s. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was for me when the package containing the handkerchiefs arrived. Holding something so delicate and historic and marveling at the workmanship was a treat! I couldn’t wait to share some of the photos with you. Here’s another one:

Hand~made lace handkerchief c. 1840

Hand~made lace handkerchief c. 1840

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I’ll have more information on the bobbin lace technique in my next post. Be sure to stop by and visit me at AllVintageHankies.etsy.com   Have an elegant day!  xo

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Handkerchiefs & Roses; The Meaning of Colors

This is the first part in a series of posts about beautiful, vintage rose embroidered hankies and printed rose handkerchiefs. We’ll be taking a look at the color of each rose and its symbolism. For example, the ravishing red rose handkerchief, perky pink rose handkerchiefs and luscious lavender rose hankies. Beautifully printed or embroidered roses on handkerchiefs can mean a myriad of different sentiments. Each of the handkerchiefs highlighted in this post, and subsequent posts, are available in my Etsy shop, AllVintageHankies.etsy.com.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet –William Shakespeare

Let’s begin with this outstanding example of the pink rose bouquet, printed on a large, scalloped handkerchief.

It was one of Burmel’s selections for Handkerchief of the Month in Vogue back in the 1950s.

The pink rose is the oldest of all the roses. Pink roses can be found in centuries-old artwork by the masters. This color rose is also associated with the ‘old garden’ variety rose. When you’re driving past an old Victorian home in the spring or summer, take a look at the grounds. Chances are you’ll see gorgeous pink rose bushes that were lovingly planted in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. That is, if they haven’t been plucked out to make way for ‘new’ landscaping.

If you’re looking for a rose-printed or embroidered handkerchief for yourself or to give as a gift, it’s the perfect choice if you want to convey sentiments of appreciation and gratitude. Pink roses also are meant to show admiration, joyfulness, love, sweetness, grace and elegance.

The light pink rose signifies beauty and grace.

Delicate and soft, the pink rose hankie is an outstanding choice as a lovely gift to say, ‘I appreciate you’, ‘I admire you,’ ‘I’m grateful to you,’ or simply to say, ‘Thank you.’

Take a stroll through all of the marvelous examples of pink printed rose hankies and pink embroidered rose handkerchiefs at my shop on Etsy, AllVintageHankies.etsy.com.

Next post we’ll take a look at the meaning of the lavender rose print and embroidered hanky.

Wedding Handkerchiefs

We all know this age~old saying, ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…’ and the rest of the rhyme is…’and a silver sixpence in her shoe!’

This little ditty is thought to have originated in the late 1800’s Victorian England.

And, a bride’s ensemble would certainly be incomplete without the addition of a lovely antique or vintage handkerchief, like the ones below:

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Breathtaking and exquisite in their beauty, just like the bride!

The antique or vintage handkerchief can fill the need of ‘something old’ or ‘something blue’ as there are many handkerchiefs with blue tatting around the edges or blue embroidery work like the ones below:

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Giving the bride a gift of a handkerchief is something she’ll cherish. It may also be passed down to her daughter on her wedding day. What a thoughtful gift!  You will find hundreds of handkerchiefs at my shop AllVintageHankies.etsy.com 

An antique or vintage handkerchief is a gift that is affordable, will stay beautiful for years to come and remind the bride, not only of one of the happiest days of her life, but also of you!

Hope to see you soon at AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Have an elegant day!  xo

 

 

 

 

Exquisite Antique Handkerchiefs

I have a passion for antique handkerchiefs. I think they are exquisite. Period. I can’t think of another word to describe them.

For example, the three photos below show a linen handkerchief with drawn work and embroidery work. The number of hours that had to go into making this piece, by hand, is unfathomable in today’s world. Take a look at the intricacy of the stitches.

Antique Handkerchief c.1800s from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Handkerchief c.1800s from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Handkerchief c.1800s from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Handkerchief c.1800s from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Handkerchief c.1800s from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Handkerchief c.1800s from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Breathtaking!

I just came up with another word to describe exquisite antique handkerchiefs.

Imagine the woman who created this magnificent piece of art. I envision her during the Victorian or Edwardian era, sitting in a velvet chair near a window for good lighting. Her hair is fashioned into the Victorian curled upsweep. She’s wearing a silk moire gown. Before her is her standing embroidery hoop with this swatch of linen fabric sinched between the wooden hoops. With needle in hand, she pierces the fabric and begins to weave her magic. The result is the fabulous vision above.

I hope I can find some fellow handkerchief enthusiasts who share my passion.

If you love antique and vintage handkerchiefs, take a stroll through my independent shop in Etsy, AllVintageHankies.etsy.com, for a look at some marvelous examples of handkerchiefs from the 1800s through the 1960s and 70s.

History: Antique & Vintage Hankies

A lady NEVER left home without a handkerchief in her handbag ~ that was back in the 1940s and 50s when women would dress in hats, gloves, silk stockings AND high heels just to “go to town!”  We’ve come a long way, baby ~ but, remnants of simpler times remain, case in point, the vintage handkerchief.

Vintage print handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Vintage print handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Gorgeous floral print handkerchiefs, in both soft pastels and vibrant colors, were carried by every lady. They were lovingly cared for by their owners and have managed to escape being tossed away, enabling us to enjoy them today. Thank goodness!

The history of the handkerchief is fascinating ~ and we’ll delve a little into it in my next post. We’re going to travel back to the 17th century for some tremendous facts about antique hankies.

I enjoy ALL handkerchiefs, even the ones with age-worn spots and even the tattered lace hankies, but I especially LOVE hankerchiefs made solely by hand from the 18th century.

Antique Applique Handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Applique Handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

In the example above, the amount of painstaking work that went into making one of these is astounding. Each tiny square was made by forcing the linen fibers apart with a sewing needle, also known as cutwork. The flower and leaf design is the applique work. Small swatches of cloth were cut and then “laid over” the linen handkerchief and stitched into place with hundreds of tiny stitches. The hem was rolled by hand, and again, hundreds of minute stitches hold the hem in place.

We’ll also be taking a look at numerous antique handkerchiefs from my private collection. I purchased them from a museum which was decommissioning an exhibit depicting a woman’s life from the 17th to the 18th centuries. Stay tuned for this one if you love antique handkerchiefs.

AllVintageHankies.etsy.com is an independent shop on Etsy featuring hundreds of antique and vintage handkerchiefs.

Vintage Handkerchiefs & Antique Hankerchiefs

A lady NEVER left home without a handkerchief in her handbag ~ that was back in the 1940s and 50s when women would dress in hats, gloves, silk stockings AND high heels just to “go to town!”  We’ve come a long way, baby ~ but, remnants of simpler times remain, case in point, the vintage handkerchief.

Vintage print handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Vintage print handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Gorgeous floral print handkerchiefs, in both soft pastels and vibrant colors, were carried by every lady. They were lovingly cared for by their owners and have managed to escape being tossed away, enabling us to enjoy them today. Thank goodness!

The history of the handkerchief is fascinating ~ and we’ll delve a little into it in my next post. We’re going to travel back to the 17th century for some tremendous facts about antique hankies.

I enjoy ALL handkerchiefs, even the ones with age-worn spots and even the tattered lace hankies, but I especially LOVE hankerchiefs made solely by hand from the 18th century.

Antique Applique Handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

Antique Applique Handkerchief from AllVintageHankies.etsy.com

In the example above, the amount of painstaking work that went into making one of these is astounding. Each tiny square was made by forcing the linen fibers apart with a sewing needle, also known as cutwork. The flower and leaf design is the applique work. Small swatches of cloth were cut and then “laid over” the linen handkerchief and stitched into place with hundreds of tiny stitches. The hem was rolled by hand, and again, hundreds of minute stitches hold the hem in place.

We’ll also be taking a look at numerous antique handkerchiefs from my private collection. I purchased them from a museum which was decommissioning an exhibit depicting a woman’s life from the 17th to the 18th centuries. Stay tuned for this one if you love antique handkerchiefs.

AllVintageHankies.etsy.com is an independent shop on Etsy featuring hundreds of antique and vintage handkerchiefs.