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Early 20th century off-white woven linen damask hand-knotted show towel with fringe ends in wooden presentation box.

The towel measures about 32 inches by 54 inches.

The box, in natural wood with leather hinges, is about 15 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches deep.

Like elaborately decorated pottery and Jacquard coverlets, "show towels" were made primarily for display rather than for use. They were often hung as decorations on doors or were used to hide more functional towels when guests appeared. Many show towels were made by young girls in anticipation of marriage.

 


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