Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Linen Society Silk Embroidered Tea Cloth

"Pink Mums"

Item Number A11606

The society silk style of embroidery began as a past time in England long before it came to America.  For some women it eventually became a way to earn a living from home.  Perhaps the original American cottage industry, fine silk embroideries could be produced at home and then sold as lots to linen houses for sale in a wider market.  "Society silk" is a popular reference to the Royal Society of Embroidery that produced the silk floss, embroidery patterns and promoted the cottage embroidery of finer pieces.  Additionally, they promoted embroidery "clubs" that fostered friendly competition between members to produce the finest work.   This beautiful piece of embroidery came from that period and represents the very best of technique, materials and design.

Pink and white mums are fabulously embroidered on this cream linen antique tea cloth.  The embroidery is executed in the society silk style using pearl cotton floss which was not an uncommon practice during the period.  Pearl cotton produces a deeper contour in the same sheen and richness of color as silk but was easier to care for and likely also easier to acquire.  Colors in shades of greens, many pinks and cream are expertly embroidered in this exemplary example which includes open work and an artful and detailed design.  Very minor light age in several areas is the only 'flaw'. 

For the pink princess who thought she had everything... Offered in near perfect condition with minor age, as described...offered as found.  c.1900 - 1920.  33" round

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Antique tea cloth, embroidered society silk "Pink Mums"

Photo was darkened to show the depth of the embroidery....

Above photo best for color...

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