Woman's handkerchief

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


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

Dimensions

46.2 x 46.3 cm (18 3/16 x 18 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.986

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mull handkerchief with scalloped and embroidered edges, floral sprig with lace insertion stitches in each corner, openwork chain and scalloped vine interweave to form border with blossom and leaf motifs, embroidered stylized flowers form the initials “G W” in one corner

Provenance

Owned by Georgiana Welles Sargent (1818-1879, married 1854) of Boston; 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