Woman's handkerchief

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


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: United States, possibly France

Dimensions

Overall: 45 x 41.9 cm (17 11/16 x 16 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.985

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s sheer, white handkerchief embroidered with nine leaves in each corner with initials “G W” in a floral pattern in one corner, undulating floral vine border, blossoms and eyelets in outer border, embroidered and scalloped edges

Provenance

Belonged to Georgiana Welles (Mrs. John O.) Sargent (1818-1879, 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