Irish (for the American market)
about 1818–26
Manufactured by J. W. W. & J. Coulson (Lisburn, Ireland)


Length and Width: 90.2 x 77.5 cm (35 1/2 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen damask

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Beige napkin with a field sprigged with shamrocks with an image of the Great Seal of the United States, with 20 stars. Around its head are 20 stars, with flowers above. The motifs in the wide border are oak branches with leaves and acorns. The lower border has a checked pattern and the inscription “IWWI Coulson Manufactes Lisburn Ireland.” Marked in ink, upper left corner: “F(?) S Dabney - 56”


Inherited from donor's father, Francis Lewis Dabney; passed down through generations of Dabney family who were U.S Consuls in the Azores (1806-1892); Gift to the MFA December 14, 2005.

Credit Line

Gift of Sally Dabney Parker