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According to the inventory of property taken at Martha Washington's death in 1802, she owned over 100 towels of varying quality. This example is probably from the set of 24 "brown Towels," which likely refers to the color of unbleached linen. Marked "W.n" for Washington, it was inherited by her granddaughter, Martha Parke Custis Peter, whose own mark, "Peter/8", graces the bottom corner.

See also, towel W-505.
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Date

1759-1802


Material/Technique

Linen


Dimensions

Overall: 27 5/16 in. x 24 in. x 1/16 in. (69.37 cm x 60.96 cm x 0.15 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Newman, 1984


Marks

Marking stitch in the upper left hand corner: "W.n".


Object Number

W-2992


Colors


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