175 cm / 69 in. 3 rows of ladder work, flowers and dots satin stitches.Great condition, freshly laundered and pressed. One patch at the bottom of the sheet. Bonjour, merci de votre intérêt!
This is a beautiful French pure linen fil sheet. It dates from the beginning of the 19th century. The fabric is a gorgeous fine weave fabric, floppy, fluid with a silky touch.A wonderful texture nicely embroidered by ladder works and satin stitches drawings of flowers and dots. The length of this bed sheet is really long and there is an addition of a 20 cm band at the bottom of the sheet nicely hand sewn by a French seam! This piece is a dream of softness, ideal to be used as a summer sheet or a bed coverlet. Great condition, not freshly laundered. In France, for ages, young girls have prepared their wedding trousseau weaving, embroidering and sewing the fabric and clothes embroidered with their maiden name.
The linen remain their only possession. Workers or peasants had only one set of work clothes.
They had to repair holes and tears inherent in their hard work. Also their home had only one or two bed sheets.
These beautiful hand embroideries or patch work allowed the fabric and the garment to exceed the life expectancy of people. Likewise patina is a sign that these gorgeous linens have lived and crossed the times by transforming, softening themselves. Antique linen is a living material, if you treasure it, it will reward you a hundred times. A lot of antique textiles are so robust and wonderfully easy to wash and maintain. The fibres of these exceptional fabrics were grown without any use of chemical, these textiles are organic.
No need to use chemicals to wash antique textiles, a good simple natural soap such as the savon de Marseille is fine for every kind of linen. The textiles can be machine washed on warm.
The warmer ithey will be washed, the softer and floppier they will turn. Again, no need to use a softener, a dash of white vinegar or a spoon of baking soda are perfect to maintain these wonderful textiles. Dry them on the line if possible, expose them under sun light to brighten the natural white. The textiles I propose show signs of times, marks that are a moving, precious treasure which attests a bygone era.I will always try to describe them as accuratly as possible, giving many details, measurements and pictures to show the reality of the linen. Estimating the age of a fabric is not scientific but rather archeologic, many signs are useful, such as the stitches, the embroideries, the sewing, the colour, the texture, even the smell of the fabrics can help. Sometimes, the auctionneers or the owners give me precious information about the origin of the trousseau, monograms, name of the ancestors.
Experience is also crucial to feel and judge the fiber content, the age, the origin or the use of the textile. I will strive to describe the textiles in the most complete way, using my honest judgement, having spent many years manipulating them. Please note my textiles come from a smoke free house. When they are freshly laundered, the textiles have been washed with natural organic soap and sun dried on line.
Items are sent carefully wrapped in silk paper. I will send you information just after the parcel has been sent.I politely ask that all items should be paid within 5 days. I'm making every effort to provide you with high quality linens. Antique French fine LINEN sheet DOWRY OPENWORK embroidered WASHED c 1900. The item "Antique French fine LINEN sheet DOWRY OPENWORK embroidered WASHED c 1900" is in sale since Tuesday, February 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Bed & Bath Linens\Sheets". The seller is "antique-french-linen" and is located in Alixan. This item can be shipped worldwide.