This 36" (91 cm) square handkerchief is inspired by the handkerchief worn about the neck of A Ladies Maid Purchasing a Leek printed in 1772. Printed handkerchiefs tend to be worn by both men and women of the working class. Starting about 1800 these began to be called "neckerchief" although the term "handkerchief" persisted to the end of the 19th century. In the 18th century, when called "kerchief" it was preceded by the separate word "hand" making it "hand kerchief" even though they were intended as either for the nose or to wear about the neck. These hand printed cotton handkerchiefs have a rolled hem all the way around and are made of a very soft, fine handkerchief cotton, finer than many others being sold so that when tied or bunched up at the back of your neck the handkerchief still sits well. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette an ad included “Run away . . . an indented servant girl . . . a Scotch woman . . . had on, and took with her . . . two handkerchiefs, one blue and white, the other red and white” cited in the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 24 August, 2019.