Embroidered handkerchief

Scope and Content

Cabinet card of a black and white photograph of an ornate handkerchief. The handkerchief is of white fabric, with a very stylised design of exotic flowers and a deep scalloped border, also incorporating the lowers and leaves. In some areas the fabric has been cut away and replaced by lace, to comprise part of the design. The handkerchief is laid out on a surface, photographed from above, with a manuscript label on the left (which reads backwards as the image has been printed in reverse). Mounted on white card with rounded corners, leaving a white border on the front. The print seems to have been cut by hand and stuck onto the card, leaving slightly uneven edges.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Poor condition. Retained its original colour, slightly faded, surface lightly scratches all over, small white and silvery spots around the edge, and dark spots on the light areas. In the top right quarter are two small areas of markings: white chalky deposits, a brown adhesive-like mark and pink marks. Mounting edge dirty. Slight repair needed. Production method: albumen print

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7LEB/2/11/2-3, 7LEB/2/11/5-7