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Shaker grays, silver grays and purples were the acceptable cloth for attiring the widow who had passed out of a full black mourning wardrobe in the 1800's. The great advantage to these cloths were the dark colors didn't require as frequent laundering, so this also made them a favorite of rural women who were already involved in a labor intensive household. Certainly the less laundry the better!

These wonderful scrap pieces came out of a box lot at an estate sale. It was the true homemaker's scrap bag with remnants from her sewing piled into a box for later use - and the cotton pieces ranged in age from 1880-1980.

The pieces vary in size, but all together they cover an area 24" x 36". This would work wonderful for quilt repair of your antique treasures. I love the polka dots with the moire background filler - just wonderful.

Two of the pieces had been washed by prior owners, and the purple and the remaining fabrics are unwashed. There is a patina to the fabrics.

Convo me if you have any questions.
Patricia Elkovitch

Antique 1880s Cotton Pieces of Half Mourning Prints and Shaker Grays


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