At the time of her death in 1802, Martha Washington owned well over 100 towels. This example is probably from the set of 24 "brown Towels", likely referring to the color of their unbleached linen cloth, listed in her probate inventory. Household linens such as sheets, napkins, tablecloths, clothes, and towels often featured embroidered marks indicating the identity of their owner. This towel features a reversible cross stitched "W.n" for Washington. More

Date

1759-1802


Geography


Material/Technique

Linen


Dimensions

Overall: 26 in. x 24 1/2 in. x 1/16 in. (66.04 cm x 62.23 cm x 0.15 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Charles Eliot Furness, Vice Regent for Minnesota and Mrs. Henry W. Rogers, Vice Regent for Maryland, 1915


Marks

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


Object Number

W-505


Colors


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