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Object Name Towel, Decorated Hand
Other Name Show towel
Object ID # 2010.9.2
Creator Keeler, Kate Moyer, 1865-1940
Place of Origin Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1900
Material Cotton, Linen
Dimensions W-14.5 L-40.25 inches
Description A handspun towel made out of bleached plain weave linen. At each of the top corners there is a 1.00" long white cotton twill loop. Near the top edge is a (faded) red cotton embroidery of the initials "K.M." in (probably stencilled) outline script lettering, separated by a large pansy motif. The right and left edges have a 1/8" wide foldover hem while the top and bottom edge have been left unfinished.
Provenance Made by Catherine "Kate" D. (Moyer) Keeler (1865-1940), wife of Jesse H. Keeler (1856-1917). They were members of the Towamencin Mennonite Church. This towel was eventually passed down to her granddaughter, the donor.
Source Gift of Kathryn Keeler
People Keeler, Catherine "Kate" D. Moyer, 1865-1940
Collection Textiles-Towels, Decorated