Three Printed Victorian

Three Printed Victorian

Children's Handkerchiefs,
American, circa 1870

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framed size: 40.5"h x 17.25"w • sold

Three printed handkerchiefs of children playing skip rope, cricket and hop scotch, circa 1870. Printer's mark visible on the Hop Scotch one: S.H. Greene & Sons.

From the late 18th century through the late 19th century pictorial handkerchiefs were printed, including those made for children. Excellent information can be found in children's handkerchiefs: a two hundred year history, by J.J. Murphy (Schiffer, 1998), where the ones we offer are shown as plates 43, 44 and 46. The S. H. Greene & Sons company printed in Rhode Island and was the best known manufacturer of this genre. Many of these handkerchiefs are now worn or faded, unlike these three, which are in remarkable condition. They have been conservation mounted and framed with UV filter glass.

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