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 industry of embroidering finer pieces. Additionally, they promoted embroidery
"clubs" that fostered friendly competition between members to produce the finest
work. This glorious piece of embroidery came from that period and
represents the very best of technique, materials and design.
Delightfully feminine antique linen
society silk embroidered tea cloth is unique in design and elegant in
presentation. A large open work embroidered inner border frames the center
of the piece and is worked with perfect posy garlands...oh, MY! Repeating
medallions form the outer garland border and seem to dance like little girls in
a May Pole dance. A small area with dots of age is the only flaw and is
shown below. Freshly
laundered and pressed, in excellent condition. c.1890 - 1910 30"