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Catalog Number 2010.092.016
Description Holbrook-Palmer Placemat, c. 1926-1958. Light beige-colored placemat is edged with drawn thread work. Outer border is a modified Greek key design, satin-stiched with bronze-colored thread. Within each open-ended square is a right-angle accent satin-stitched with gold-colored thread and a small triange accent satin-stitched with beige-colored thread. Inner border is satin-stitched in beige, with small triangle accents evenly spaced between each open-ended square. Small triange accents are satin-stitched in bronze. Embroidered "OPH" monogram at top left of placemat is centered within a hexagonal border. "P" and hexagonal border are satin-stitched in bronze thread; "O" and "H" and design elements surrounding monogram are satin-stitched in beige thread.
Object Name Linen, Table
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Holbrook-Palmer Placemat, c. 1926-1958
Date c. 1926-1958
Creator Unknown
Inscription Text "OPH" (embroidered monogram, top left corner)
Provenance Olive Holbrook Palmer collection of items kept in locked cupboard at Holbrook-Palmer Park after being removed from carriage that is now part of SMCHA's collection.
Notes [] "In 1926, Olive Holbrook Palmer inherited the property, then named Elmwood, and continued to use the residence as a summer home with her husband, Silas Palmer. Upon her death in 1958, Olive Holbrook-Palmer willed the property to the town of Atherton to be used as a recreational park. Her husband had life tenancy and upon his death, it reverted to the Town of Atherton. The Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, a non-profit organization, was then established in 1968, to receive donations for developing the 22 acres into a viable and usable park."
Dimensions H-14.875 W-22.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Atherton
Holbrook, Charles
Holbrook-Palmer, Olive
Household Linens
Palmer, Silas and Family
Palmer, Silas H.
Subjects Linen industry
Table settings & decorations
People Holbrook, Charles
Holbrook-Palmer, Olive
Palmer, Silas and Family
Palmer, Silas H.