Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Society Silk

Embroidered "Roses" Tea Cloth

Item Number T35308

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.  This glorious piece of embroidery came from that period and represents the very best of technique, materials and design. *** If you would like to know more about this amazing style of embroidery, I recommend a new book by Donna Cardwell. Find it at:

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  A rose dropped on it's face appears to have fallen there from hands full of blooms freshly cut just moments ago...

A creamy antique linen tea cloth is hand embroidered with brilliant pink and green silks in a border of roses in every stage of bloom, from bud to seed.  The edge is finished in a shaded repeating pattern that, like a perfect frame, directs the eye to the picture and takes little applause for itself. 

No detail was overlooked -- thorns, petals, upturned leaves.   Minor age in the linen lawn is hardly noticeable, and a small separation in the linen next to an embroidered form, shown below, will be hard to find.  Breathtaking!  Excellent condition as shown and described, offered as found.  c.1890 - 1910.  31"

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Antique linen tea cloth, society silk embroidery and design



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