Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Linen Society Silk Embroidered Tea Cloth

"Summer Strawberries"

Item Number T25006

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.

Used and loved, this gorgeous antique society silk embroidered linen tea cloth is not without flaws, shown below, but as you can see from the first photo, the flaws are easily overlooked and will hardly be noticed.  Fabulously embroidered antique society silk tea cloth on cream linen shows all the intricate detail and care attributed to the best of the style.  Victorian high tea at the peak of strawberry season might have included a bowl of berries atop this glorious piece...imagine!  Offered as found in slightly shabby condition as sown.  c.1890 -- 1910  31.5" square

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Antique "Summer Strawberries" society silk embroidered linen tea cloth

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