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Object ID # 1956.001.002
Object Name Shawl
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1850
Year Range to 1880
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Large, square striped and fringed silk shawl. 1860s? There is a tasselled fringe all around the perimeter. The fringe is made of criss-crossed bundles of golden brown threads, which are bundled with tight black thread bindings. The pattern has a central white with black stripes weave. The black stripes have a width of 0.5 cm, while the white stripes are 1.2 cm wide.
Around the edges of the shawl, before the fringe, there is a purple border which is 6 cm deep.
The silk is hemmed on its non-selvedge sides with purple thread in long, running (basting) stitches.
Provenance Likely dates between the 1850s and the 1870s. It may have belonged to Maria Armstrong (neƩ Maughan) or Mrs. George Snider of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Silk
Dimensions W-160 L-160 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Armstrong, John & Maria
Armstrong, Jean
Function The size of the shawl suggests that it was draped over full skirts, as well as one's shoulders.