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Catalog Number 1973.262.001
Description Hand Towel, c. 1920. Rectangular white colored hand towel. The long sides (height wise) are selvage edges and the shorter side (width wise) are scalloped embroidery. The pattern consists of small subtle 1in. x 1in. roses. Going vertically along the height there are 7 columns of roses every other row is staggered so the roses don't line up to form rows. Embroidered 2in x 1.5in "S" in bottom center.
Object Name Towel, Hand
Collection 3D - Toilet Articles
Title Hand Towel, c. 1920
Date c. 1920
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "S" (2 X 1.5 inches, cursive, upper case, embroidered in the bottom center of the towel)
Provenance Brought from New York State about 1930s by donor's friend, a lady in her 90s. All items in this donation were over 100 years old when donated (1973) with the exception of the finger towels which were about 50 years old.
Notes A hand towel is "a smaller towel used specifically to dry the hands and face...used for decorative accents in the bathroom" [www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-hand-towel.htm-9/14/2016]

"...the second most commonly used towel around the home...often positioned near the sink in the bathroom" [www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-hand-towel.htm-9/14/2016]
Dimensions H-23 W-14.5 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Household Goods
Towel
Subjects Bathrooms
Towels