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Catalog Number 1973.262.006
Description Hand Towel, c. 1920. Rectangular off-white colored hand towel. The long sides (height wise) are selvage edges and the shorter side on the top and bottom has 1 inch heather blue edges there is 1/16 inches of hemstitching separating the blue edges and the off white fabric. The pattern is a floral motif 3 to 4 inches wide all the way around the edges of the white fabric. The floral motif also forms a loop in the bottom half of the towel extending 9.5 inches towards the center.
Object Name Towel, Hand
Collection 3D - Toilet Articles
Title Hand Towel, c. 1920
Date c. 1920
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
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" []

"...the second most commonly used towel around the home...often positioned near the sink in the bathroom" []
Dimensions H-28 W-17.625 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Household Goods
Subjects Bathrooms