A Very Large Stately Home Quality
Antique Victorian Double Damask Linen Table Cloth
Measures: 14½ Feet x 9 Feet (440 cm x 282 cm)
Marks: A red petit-point embroidery inventory/laundry mark of an "A" beneath a peer's coronet (indicating an aristocratic provenance) and the date "6.98" (indicating it was acquired in June 1898).
An extraordinarily substantial table cloth which could be used to cover the high-table of an Oxbridge College, a table for a banquet or feast, or folded to a smaller size for more modest occasions. The pretty 'double damask' linen woven with floral patterns.
In good condition for age. The linen still bright white, starchy and shiny. Three carefully done historic "housemaid" repairs with linen patches stitched over holes/wear. These add character but could probably be improved upon by a more skilled hand.
It is rare to find cloths of such substantial dimensions from this period still in good condition.
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