Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

A Word About Antique Monogrammed Linen

The marking, or monogramming, of linen is rooted in the patterns and culture of everyday life over several centuries.   The lovely tradition of gathering a trousseau often began shortly after a female child's birth and continued until the wedding day.  Monogrammed pieces initially represented only the bride's name as the groom may not have been known.  As that information became apparent the monogram might have taken many forms, including a combination of the Groom's and Bride's names.  Here are some examples of how initials might have been combined: 

first / first

  first / middle / last (her)

  first / last(her) / middle

  first / last(him) / first



last only(him, after marriage) for common linen

  first / last(him)

 first / last (her) 

last / last


Various conventions were accepted at different times and were often supported by etiquette books and embroidery tutorials found in every form of written material from catalogs to newspapers.  Various letter combinations often reflected the anticipated use of the item being monogrammed.  This wonderful tradition has left us with a remarkable collection of embroidered and monogrammed things for use throughout the home.  Searching for an exact monogram can be a fun (or even frustrating!) adventure.  But as you can see, the letter combinations were quite varied so try not to limit yourself to a rigid pattern.  If you are like me, you'll fall in love with pieces just because they are beautiful.  I call these "Aunt Anybody's monograms"...So enjoy your search.  An Aunt Anybody monogram is just around the corner... 


 Monogrammed Napkins


Monogrammed Towels


Antique Sheets


Pillowcases and Shams

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Em's Heart Antique Linens

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