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A spectacular vintage linen doily, embroidered in the style known as "Society Work" (see below for more information). The doily features strawberries in varied reds and greens, embroidered in silk on the finest linen. The detail here is simply stunning--like you can reach out and pluck a ripe strawberry from the bunch!

The doily is round, and measures about 7.5 inches. The fabric is very fine linen, unbleached or natural in color, with beautiful embroidery in silk thread. The edge of the doily is fully finished with overcast embroidery in a scrolling design. Just lovely!

From the website "Cynthia's Linen Room" http://www.antique-linens.com/society-store.html:
"Society Work" has become the nickname for silk art embroidery that was alleged to have been produced by the "society ladies," what we'd today call "the ladies who lunch." Women of wealth and leisure would get together in the afternoons (presumably when the "help" was doing the real work) to chitchat and embroider. In truth, this embroidery was a popular fad, devised by thread manufacturers as a way to sell more thread. The work dates between 1900-1920s, though some occurred 20-30 years prior to this and 10-20 years after."

Quality fabric, in good condition; the only tiny flaw is a pinhead-size hole (see picture 5 ). Clean doily, from a non-smoking home.

Please keep in mind that this item is vintage and we love it, in part, because of its age, history and patina. I feel that beauty is enhanced by the fact that they have been used and loved and they don't look brand new.

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Vintage Linen Doily Society Silk Embroidery Red Strawberries


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: linen, silk
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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