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A Very Large Stately Home Quality
Antique Victorian Linen Damask Table Cloth
The linen probably Irish
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 a huge banqueting table for a feast or folded to a smaller size for more modest occasions. The pretty linen damask with woven-in 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.