Woman's handkerchief

possibly French, used in America
mid-19th century
Worn by Georgiana Welles (Sargent) (American, 1818–1879)


Place of Manufacture: possibly France; Place of Use: Massachusetts or New York, United States

Dimensions

44.5 x 43 cm (17 1/2 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.982

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery and deflected warps and wefts

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Handkerchief embroidered with initials “GW” and naturalistic floral sprigs with openwork blossoms with lace insertion sitiches in corners, meandering floral vine around edges connecting floral sprigs, pointed scalloped edge finished with buttonhole stitching

Provenance

Owned by Georgiana Welles (Mrs. John O.) Sargent (born 1818, married 1854); Inherited by her daughter, Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent