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Vintage Cotton Linen & Lace Wedding Bridal Bride Handkerchief / Hankie / Hanky
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Vintage ivory cotton linen and lace wedding or bride / bridal hankie, hanky or handkerchief with exquisite lace detail.  Would be perfect for a summer wedding accessory.  Nearly mint condition with no tears, stains or damage to note other than a tiny pin hole shown in the photo.

A handkerchief. hanky, hankie is a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory.  More general versions of the handkerchiefs have been valued since Roman times for their utilitarian functions, but the pocket-handkerchief was created solely as a symbol of beauty and status.  The pocket-handkerchief made its properly genteel debut during a promenade in a public garden, where its creator, an unnamed Venetian aristocrat lady, displayed her handiwork to a crowd of admirers.

Word of the comely cloth then traveled across Italy to France, where the expensive, embroidered handkerchief found great favor with the noblemen and women in the court of Henry II.  By 1850, the handkerchief was an omnipresent accessory of the German upper crust as well.

But it was Marie Antoinette who made history one day at Versailles, when she noted that the square handkerchief was the most attractive and practical variety.  Louis XVI then issued a mandate throughout the kingdom that all handkerchiefs must emulate a square shape. Thus, the handkerchief as we now know it was born, and still survives today.

Throughout history, the handkerchief eventually became accessible outside the courts of the monarchy, but was still prized as an elegant, luxurious, and expensive symbol of class and taste.

This antique or vintage ivory linen and lace wedding or bridal handkerchief, hankie or hanky measures 11" x 11" (at the corners), 10.5" at the centers.

A2456 - Vintage Cotton Linen & Lace Wedding Bridal Bride Handkerchief / Hankie / Hanky
$45.00  First Class Mail
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