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A patriotic hankie with just a hint of Balmoral!

A red, white and blue silk handkerchief produced in Macclesfield, England to coincide with the wave of patriotism created by the Coronation celebrations for George VI in 1937.

Macclesfield was then at the centre of Britain's silk industry and was one of the world's foremost producers of finished silk. Today a handful of mills still operate.

A red white and blue range was obviously designed to cater for all tastes - in this case, a tartan and floral design. Tartan of course has royal connotations, as Queen Victoria's penchant for the plaid, had made it the height of fashion.

A central floral motif is surrounded by text which reads "George VI King, Coronation London, Westminster Abbey, 12 May 1937", a phrase for each corner. The border is of tartan.

The handkerchief measures a generous 13.5" square.

It is in mint condition from unused shop stock - probably a salesman's sample and is of obvious quality despite its age. The hanky still bears its original label which reads, " Sportkerchief Pure Silk Crepe Fast Colours British Made".

It comes suitably packaged in a handmade envelope bearing a crown on a regal blue background which I have taken from the original packaging (which does not wear its years as well as this hanky!) Would make a lovely gift in this year of Royal celebrations!

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Royal Coronation Souvenir Silk Hanky with Tartan 1937


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: silk, paper envelope
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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