18thC handkerchiefs

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18thC handkerchiefs

Postby Vicky » Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:20 am

Does anyone know how large men's hankerchiefs might have been? Any other details about them (silk, linen, patterned etc?)

Been Googling for it, and found it categorically stated on several websites that they were large. Seen 24" square or 18" square being stated as if standard, with nothing to back it up. Also, that it was during the 18thC that they became square.

The closest I've found to a 'real' one is a printed linen snuff handkerchief from 1806. Plenty of (modern) references to snuff handkerchiefs being coloured and patterned (for obvious reasons!), but other than the commemorative ones - what sort of patterns? I found a quote saying 'plain, checked or printed'.

Does anyone have any more info?

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Postby Phil the Grips » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:07 pm

In his mid-C18th fencing book/biography Mcbane states that if one is expecting trouble one should place a wetted napkin under one's hat to absorb a direct blow from a broadsword.

This led to recent conjecture on swordforum as to how large a hanky/napkin would have to be to provide that level of protection and the answer was... inconclusive. Sorry.


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Postby m300572 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:52 pm

Would that not be more likeley to be a table napkin though Phil? A stout linen napkin folded over and wetted might mean the difference between having your head split to the chin and just having your skull fractured! :shock:


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Postby Phil the Grips » Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:19 pm

Exactly the sort of questions that were asked- the answer is still inconclusive :)


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Postby Vermin » Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:21 pm

Phil the Grips wrote:Exactly the sort of questions that were asked- the answer is still inconclusive :)


Though with enough volunteers - easily tested :twisted:




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