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Hand Embroidered and Appliqued Red Dish Towel with Hens and Chicks - TREASURY ITEM

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This is a hand embroidered dish towel decorated with two appliqued hens, 3 chicks and white blanket stitch edging. It's red cotton and appears to have never been used. The little chicks are so cute!

The towel is undated, but the woman I got it from was in her 60s and said her grandmother had sewn it as a young woman, so I'm dating it to the 1940s.

It's in lovely condition and is 'like new'. There are no tears or holes, though the blanket stitch is a little loose in places (though that could just be the way it was sewn). It has some creases from being folded. The hens aren't half white and half yellowed -- that's a shadow from the fold in the first pic.

Measures 17" wide & 34" long. It's folded in half in the overall picture, so is twice as long and is bordered at each end with white blanket stitch.

You can see a companion towel with a white rooster here:

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Hand Embroidered and Appliqued Red Dish Towel with Hens and Chicks - TREASURY ITEM


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: fabric, embroidery floss
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 9 people