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My Wife and I often go to antique fairs/shows etc together, whilst I look for medals and other antiques that interest me she looks for old quilts, cross-stitch & sewing paraphernalia.

 

I had finished looking for my stuff so joined her at a stall with mostly fabric & to amuse myself dug through a bin full of old silk hankies whilst she was buying something. I spotted a very bright red silk & asked the vendor how much, "$5 please" he said.

 

As I have a couple of medals from this 1893 Exibition I thought it would make a good display to combine the silk with them, the pic does not do full justice to the condition of it as the flash washed some of the colour out.

 

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Mabel Johnston must have visited the exhibition & had her name sewn on the hankie & then stored it away, it is in quite lovely condition for being made in 1893.

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WOW! That was sitting in a pile of hankies?! Someone could have blown their nose on that, a wonderful artifact of an event that still reverberates through history.

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As to the warning "viewer discretion advised' I thought some of you old fellows might not have seen 'lady's red silk' for so long the shock might be too much.

 

:ninja:

 

 

A brilliant acquisition, good work! I bet your wife's jealous... ;)

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