Vintage Hand Embroidered Fingertip Towels with Colorful Birds and Organza Stripe circa 1930's
What I saw was just one eye In the dawn as I was going: A bird can carry all the sky In that little button glowing. Harold Monro
It is not often that you can match vintage embroidery with the story of the sewer who made a specific piece. But in this case of these two matching vintage fingertip towels, we can! They came from the collection of a woman named Blanche, who was raised in an orphanage in New York City in the early years of the 20th century. There, in the orphanage, Blanche learned how to sew and to make lace, which would eventually result in a career as a lace collar maker serving small boutiques within the city.
As a lover of thread and needlework adornments, Blanche's skill knew no limits. In addition to collars, she also made her own aprons and decorated her own linens. These two fingertip towels feature Blanche's embroidery work in the form of colorful birds and geometric shapes. Most likely dating to the 1930's, due to color scheme, this matching set of two features remarkable hand-embroidered birds on organza fabric which was then applied to soft, pale yellow linen and embroidered once more with orange thread in a strand of side by side octagons. A marvel of detailed work!
This size linen is traditionally known as fingertip size, which were ideal for hand-drying towels, and often appeared in guest bathrooms back in the day. Today, they also make an ideal towel for the bar cart (thanks to their non-bulky size) and for drying glassware (thanks to their absorbent linen fabric). With Blanche's pretty needlework, this pair, also adds a bit of style to the table too, making them lovely for serving linens, napkins or tray liners.
- Hand embroidery
- 11 birds per linen
- Matching set of two
In beautiful vintage condition. No spots, stains, loose threads or pulled fabric.
Each linen measures 18.25' inches (length) x 11.25" inches (width)