A fine linen kerchief of antique linen. It is a replica of the kerchief in the Victoria and Albert museum, T.69-2004.
The kerchief is just off square, measuring 27″ by 26 3/8″. It is sewn in 2 ply linen thread with a stitch count of 15 stitches per inch. The price includes having your initials sewn into one of the corners with red silk floss. Please add up to two letters of the initials you would like in the ‘Order Notes’ section on the checkout page.
The original 1600’s kerchief in the V&A museum was purchased at auction in 2004, and belonged to descendants of the Chaffyn Grove family.
From several sources of wardrobe and household accounts we can establish that the kercheif, or ‘kercher’ was an essential item in a seventeenth-century persons wardrobe.
While fine linen kerchiefs like this were made for women of higher status, evidence from wills and inventories suggest they were passed down to people of lower social standing.