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Object ID # 1957.015.003
Object Name Shawl
Title Paisley Shawl
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th Century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Great Britain?
Description Woman's square Paisley shawl with black center and black fringe on all four sides. There is one large paisley in each of the centre corners. The inner border of red, blue and green is printed on the black centre ground. The outer border is on ivory ground with red vine, green and blue designs between a red bordering line.
Provenance This predominately black Paisley shawl would have been manufactured in Britain, either in Norwich, England, or Paisley, Scotland. The original ownership of it is no longer known. Previously owned by Jacqueline Kennedy, who was likely of the D. J. Kennedy family of Owen Sound, Ontario, as her 1957 address is the same as that of Mrs. D. J. Kennedy in the 1946 Owen Sound telephone directory: 854 2nd Ave. West. D. J. Kennedy is listed at the same address in 1917, so the family lived there a long time.

According to K. B. Brett's book, WOMEN'S COSTUME IN EARLY ONTARIO, 1966, pp. 14-15: "The outdoor garment most generally worn from the 1830s to about 1870 was the shawl...The finest were the handwoven Kashmirs imported from India, but the most common were similar but less expensive English and Scottish makes from Norwich and Paisley which were drawloom or jacquard woven...The earliest shawls had narrow patterned borders, but by the 1860s almost the entire shawl was covered with rich designs."
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Wool/Dye
Dimensions W-147 L-156 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County