Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Society Silk Embroidered Centerpiece

"Garlands and Bows"

Item Number T28407

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 doily or centerpiece is unique in design and elegant in presentation.  Clusters of open work embroidered panels at the edge in soft gold have the appearance of lace and alternate with a meandering flower adorned ribbon.  Bows support the inner garland border and seem to dance like little girls in a May Pole dance.  A mark and a dot are the only flaws.  Freshly laundered and pressed, in excellent condition.  c.1890 - 1910  20" round

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Antique society silk embroidered "Garlands" doily centerpiece

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