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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.


Square linen towel with self fringe; towel ground made from unbleached and plain woven linen; two threads dyed blue run parallel to the four edges of the square; the break between the fabric and the fringe is reinforced with a whip-stitch at top and bottom.






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

Credit Line

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


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

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Colors (Beta)

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