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This is a Handkerchief. It is dated 1876 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed by engraved plate on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This commemorative handkerchief for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 features the Horticultural Hall, designed as a tribute to Joseph Paxton’s building for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. Popular exhibits at The Horticultural Hall included ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, hot houses, conservancies, garden tools, and garden design, construction, and maintenance. The orange and lemon trees bearing fruit attracted particular interest.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 27.3 × 28.3 cm (10 3/4 × 11 1/8 in.)

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Handkerchief; cotton; H x W: 27.3 × 28.3 cm (10 3/4 × 11 1/8 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection; 2016-35-74

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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