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Catalog Number 0002.232.003
Description Antimaccasar set (3p.) n.d. 3 separate linen pieces, woven design with floral motifs. It is smaller with 3 5-petaled flowers in each. ".003 is 12.25in high and 6in. wide with rectangular top correls, 3 scallops at the bottom, and 3 fringe tassels on the end of each scallop.
Object Name Antimacassar
Collection 3D - Household Accessories
Title Antimaccasar set (3p.) n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "An antimacassar /?ænt?m?'kæs?r/ is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.[1] The name also refers to the cloth flap 'collar' on a sailor's shirt/top, used to keep macassar oil off the uniform."

"Antimacassars protect the upholstery from wear and soiling, and they add a decorative touch to the chair. They are typically made from stiff crocheted lace, embroidered wool or silk, or the same fabric used on the upholstry of the chair...The name comes from from macassar hair oil, which was popular in the 19th century. Antimacassar protected the back of the piece of furniture from coming in contact with the hair oil of those who were seated on the furniture. In modern times, antimacassars are often simply decorative." []
Dimensions H-12 W-6 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Chair
Household Decor
Subjects Chairs
Linen industry