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Catalog Number 2010.092.004
Description Holbrook-Palmer Cloth Carriage Lap Robe, c. 1926-1958. Robe backing and front edges are wool with a circular overall print of grey and tan in color against a brown background. Backing is folded over to the front to create a 1.75in binding with mitered. Front is a thick brown crushed velour fabric. Binding edge has four rows of linear quilting.
Object Name Robe, Lap
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title Holbrook-Palmer Cloth Lap Carriage Robe, c. 1926-1958
Date c. 1926-1958
Creator Unknown
Inscription Text none
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."

"It's a blanket that covers your lap and knees. It is generally 27 inches by 36 inches or in the vicinity thereof. A lap robe isn't intended to be used for sleeping. It is a smaller version of a blanket that covers your feet, as well as your legs and lap, and is ideal if you are riding in an open carriage or if your car heater is on the break." []

"Lap robes were very much in demand and needed for warmth. People particularly liked buffalo robes, which were used as coats as well as for lap robes. The buffalo lap robe was made from the skin of the American bison. The hair was left on the robe. The buffalo lap robe was usually trimmed so that it was rectangular in shape and it was lined with fabric. According to the 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. catalog, a baby fur lap robe was 27 inches by 32 inches. A linen carriage robe was 52 inches by 62 inches and a buffalo lap robe was 54 inches by 62 inches."
Dimensions H-68.875 W-48.25 D-0.25 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Atherton
Holbrook, Charles
Holbrook-Palmer, Olive
Subjects Blankets
Carriages & coaches
People Holbrook, Charles
Holbrook-Palmer, Olive