c1885 Three Hundred Decorative and Fancy Articles for Presents and Fairs Sewing Needlework Tea Chatelaine Bag Purse Sachet Wall Pocket Apron Lawn Tennis Fan Lace Rug Illustrated Scarce Hale White

This wonderful antique 1885 book is entitled “Three Hundred Decorative and Fancy Articles for Presents and Fairs”. It is a wonderful compilation of how Victorian women in the 1880’s would construct handmade items for the home, traveling, gifts, and more. It is an illustrated text with many old engravings. Things we take so for granted now had to be made by hand back in the 1880’s, and the directions can still be used today. Folks were just so creative at making what was required for daily use. Below are the Contents of this wonderful book. Do excuse any typo’s, as an optical reader was used to capture the essence of the text. At the end of the description is an index of all the topics included herein.

(Please bear in mind much of this text was copied via an optical reader, so do excuse any typographical errors.)



I. Something to Make for a Present.

II. Aprons 4 .

III. Bags 11 .

IV. Household 29 .

V. Lawn Tennis Accessories 57 .

VI. For the Library 64 .

VII. Miscellaneous 75 .

VIII. Personal 102.

IX. Sachets 115.

X. Travelling Conveniences 123 .

XI. Wall-Pockets, etc 138 .

XII. For the Work-Table 146.

XIII. Fair Suggestions 162.

XIV. Weddings 176.

XV. Christmas 187 .


This cry is heard not only just before Christmas, but all the year round. The exhausted mother must listen to this appeal whenever the family birthdays occur, or at the birthdays of friends, or when the young friends are to be married, or at the recurrence of wedding anniversaries.

The following chapters propose to answer these various appeals. It is easier to prepare for the several birthdays as they come along than for Christmas, because there is but one person to provide for, and his or her taste can be carefully consulted. It is well known, perhaps, that he or she is in want of some especial thing, and this can be made with reference to the wants of the individual. In some families there prevails the custom of Birthday Lists,upon which the desires of the youthful brother or sister can be written down, and, if possible, gratified. But there is always a wish on the part of the giver to find something new, and, if possible, made by her (or him) self, and it is hoped that in the three hundred or more articles described in the following pages this wish can be easily carried out.

Under the head "Personal," articles are described for especial personal use ; under that of " Household," directions are given for useful articles in household use, and the headings of the other chapters indicate as far as possible the objects described. These are arranged alphabetically for convenience, but the reader is advised to study all the chapters, as it has been impossible to classify the subjects accurately. It is hoped, therefore, that the mother will find satisfaction for these birthday demands, as well as for the other occasions for presents. The giving of Wedding Presents will be treated of in a chapter by itself, but the intervening chapters will give numerous suggestions for making them. The " Household " chapter especially gives useful hints, and others will be found in the " Library " and " Work- table," while especial tastes can be consulted under the head of "Personal." But we would here again advise a careful survey of the whole book, where something can surely be found to suit the emergency.


This will require three strips of ribbon four inches wide and sixteen inches long. The strips may be of the same or of contrasting colors.

Fold each strip across the middle of the length and sew together along one edge. Join strips one and two by sewing them together on one edge, from the top to the bottom. Insert strip three, and the bag is made. Face around the top with silk, and make runnings for strings, two or three inches from the top to form a frill. The strings should be of silk braid or narrow ribbon.

Finish with four tassels on the bottom, one at each of the three corners and one in the centre of the bag.

If preferred, the bottom of the ribbons (across the folded part) can be slanted, instead of being left straight.

Narrower ribbon can be used by taking four strips instead of three. In this case three-inch ribbon would be the right width.


First, cut the lining of black silk, seven inches long in the middle, slanted up to four and three quarters inches, and five and one half inches broad. The ouTside is covered either with black silk cord or ecru-colored twine done in macrame.

Begin the macrame for the flap as usual, using the rod at the upper part of the bag for the foundation. Work the flap in any pattern which will lead down to a point.

For the bag begin as usual over a foundation cord, and work the same pattern as the flap for the length of the bag. Finish with a fringe.

Put in the silk lining. For the cord to pass around the waist, make a series of Josephine knots, at equal distances as in the illustration, Fig. n.


The foundation is of wood, which can be made by any carpenter, if the size of each leaf be calculated. The framework must be first covered with sailcloth, which ought to be stretched firmly on. The sailcloth is fastened to the edges by tacks, and when the pictures are on, these must be covered with ornamental beading. It is best to buy the framework complete, and we would not advise any attempt to be made at varnishing, as it requires a good deal of skill and practice, besides being rather dirty work.

The best pictures are bright-colored ones; those given with the Illustrated London News, the Queen, and many of the Christmas periodicals, are just the thing. Photographs would be so very expensive, as a very large number is used up in an incredibly short space of time. Have as many cut-out flowers and leaves as possible to cover angles and hard lines, and it is as well to make the pictures in careless groups, and not a stiff arrangement. In pasting on the pictures, rub from one side to the other, to avoid any unsightly creases, which spoil the effect of the prettiest pictures. Almost the whole beauty depends upon an artistic arrangement of the scraps. We have seen one very pretty one where the plan had been used of first throwing them down carelessly on a table, and then putting them on the screen exactly in the way they had fallen.

The ordinary size for screens of this description is five feet six inches high, and each leaf two, or two and one half feet broad. Screens for standing before an empty grate or in a corner can be arranged from a small clothes-horse, covered with cretonne or any fancy material.

Embroidery is very effective on screens. Indeed it is perhaps the best way of showing off a handsome piece of work, either on the smaller screens just described, or on the separate leaves of a large screen.

The material after working should be stretched firmly on with tacks, which can be covered by a narrow galloon or gimp, held down by brass-headed nails. The designs on the Japanese screens are very suggestive for embroidery, as they combine grace and color so happily. A stiff pattern is very tiresome, but the pretty branches stretching across the screen, such as are found among the Japanes'e designs, are exceedingly effective. A handsome cretonne stretched across the frame and held down by brass-headed nails with a lining of cream- colored cambric makes a very pretty screen.


Pine Needle Pillows are made of crash or pongee, with a branch of pine embroidered upon them, and are filled with the fragrant pine-needles, dried ; or such a pillow can be filled with sweet fern, dried.


Tie together and wind into balls odds and ends of worsted of all colors and lengths. If your remnants are chiefly of double zephyr, double or treble your finer wools as may be necessary to make them all of the same thickness. From these balls cast on to medium- sized ivory knitting needles ten stitches if the wool is fine, eight if coarse. Knit back and forward until you have a strip as long as you wish your rug to be. Knit as many of these strips as you require for the width of your rug.

Out of bed-ticking cut a foundation the size you wish. Double your strips lengthwise through the centre and sew them by the two edges on the bed-ticking, putting a strip to every stripe in the ticking. When all are sewed on, cut the strips open through the middle and ravel them a little. The effect is handsomer if the strips are dampened and pressed with a hot iron before they are sewed to the foundation.


This is made of a square of knitting, done in pearls. The border at the sides is of crimson, the checks in the centre are alternate crimson and white. Cast on, of any fine yarn, fifty-five stitches. I. Knit fifteen stitches of the crimson yarn, five of white, five of crimson, five of white, five of crimson, five of white, fifteen of crimson. In going back, follow the same order. Repeat until you 'have knit four turns. 2. You must now reverse the checks. This you do by knitting as before, fifteen stitches of crimson for the border, five additional stitches of crimson, five white, five crimson, five white, five crimson, fifteen crimson. Repeat until you have knit four turns. You will now return to the order given in No. I. Alternate the checks in this way until you have made eleven rows of checks. Bind off and sew the holder together at the top. At the bottom sew it together only across the checks, leaving it open across the border. At the point where the seam stops put on a cord and tassel. In passing the different colored yarn from one check to the other, draw it as tight as possible across the underside so that the checks when done shall be puffed, while the border lies flat. This is very important as it forms the chief beauty of the holder.


Cut out from heavy woollen cloth of some dark color, a piece twelve inches long and eight inches wide. Bind this all around with galloon to match. Work some simple decoration in point-russe or feather-stitch one half inch from the outer edge, in bright colored worsteds or embroidery silks. In the left-hand upper corner of the splasher fasten a small calendar for the current year. Cut a strip of the material two and one half inches long and one inch wide. Bind or button-hole the edge, and fasten on the left-hand lower corner for postage stamps. Make a pen-wiper, either bookshape or round, as you prefer, and fasten on the right-hand side of the splasher, half way between the top and bottom, or across the upper corner. Chamois skin is the best material to use for the leaves of the pen-wiper, and should be finished at the edge by being cut into regular, small points. Along the bottom put elastic ribbon divided into suitable spaces, and into them put pen-holder, pencil, and penknife, or small rule ; a square glass inkstand will be needed to complete the writing implements, and should stand in the space between the pen-wiper and the calendar.


Buy, for a quarter of a dollar, a Folding Dish Drainer. They can be found at any kitchen furnishing shop. If you wish to keep the wood light, merely varnish it ; if dark, paint it black, or gilt would be pretty. Into the slats at the sides interlace ribbon, alternating the spaces which the ribbon covers, as in basket weaving. For this you will need a whole piece of ribbon one inch wide. A ribbon or strip of silk seven inches wide can be used. In this case the effect produced is of stripes. If the wide ribbon is used, you will require one yard and fifteen inches. Pass the ribbon from one side to the other, leaving a length of seven inches between the two sides to form the side pieces. These must be laid in plaits at the bottom, like the sides of a pocket-book. If narrow ribbon is used, the sides can be made in the same way, by passing the ribbon from one side to the other; or a better way would be to line the whole thing with silk, making the side pieces of the material used for lining. This catch-all is particularly adapted to holding photographs. By unlacing, or pushing up the lower row of ribbon, it can be folded together, and easily packed in one's trunk to carry to the country or seaside in summer.


These can be made in great variety, and are a pretty ornament for a parlor or dining-room. Large ones, resembling parasols, composed of frayed ruchings of one or several colored silks, edged with a fall of rather wide lace, are very handsome. The Japanese paper parasols, with a hole cut round the top of the framework of sticks, occasionally form the foundation, but more usuAlly a wire frame is worked upon. Red silk is most popular, but pink is nearly as much so, and both throw a soft, becoming shade on surrounding objects. Feather butterflies, or humming birds mounted on quivering wire, can be used for decoration. The frames can be purchased at some of the best lamp shops. They are to be had round, five-sided, or parasol-shaped. Sometimes they are covered with soft silk cut on the cross, frayed at each edge, and ruched closely together. Sometimes the silk is plaited top and bottom, bordered with lace and tied round with ribbon. A length of red ribbon, tolerably broad, tied in a large bow, with the ends spread out butterfly fashion towards the room, forms a pleasant shade, and has a good effect. This bow is tied round the neck of the white opaque glass shades. The lace covers of parasols, long laid by as being too small for present day use, are now converted into lamp shades over colored silk or paper, with silk ball pompons looping up the divisions. Even a lace berthe can be utilized in this manner by being laid round a silk covered shade, with a full ruche round the top and round the edge, a bow on one side joining the ends. Etchings on oiled paper make pretty lamp shades, as well as dried ferns, grasses, and bright leaves, put between two thicknesses of oiled paper.


Take, with the lid on, a cigar box twelve inches long and six inches wide. Cover the inside neatly with watered paper of some delicate color. Around the outside of the box put a strip of cambric or silk of the same color, but of a darker shade. Over this gather on a frill of white dotted muslin hemmed, or trimmed on the lower edge with a narrow lace. Make a pin-cushion on a piece of cardboard cut to fit the lid of the box. This can be stuffed either with wool wadding, or with bits of flannel cut into very fine chips. Cover this first with the cambric or silk, and then with the dotted muslin, and glue firmly to the top of the lid. Finish around the edge with a narrow frill of the muslin, trimmed with lace on both edges and gathered through the middle. Put a loop of narrow ribbon on the centre of the front edge of the lid to lift it by, and straps at the sides, fastened to both the box and the lid, to prevent the latter from opening too far.


There are some occasions in life when a very elegant purse is required, and in France there are purses made specially for weddings, collections at church, fetes, etc. The one here illustrated in Fig. 32 is an example. It is made entirely of opaque white beads, and is lined with white satin. The purse can be made of fine canvas covered with the beads, and a clasp obtained at any of the fancy goods stores, or an old purse could be used for the foundation.


There are few presents so attractive to young girls, and, indeed, sometimes to small boys, as a well-dressed doll. It will hardly be necessary for us to make suggestions with regard to the ordinary costumes for dolls. Every one is familiar with dolls dressed as babies in long clothes, or as girls and boys, or as papas and mammas. But a few hints for fancy costumes may not come amiss.

i. A full dress society lady, in a cream muslin skirt covered by three rows of cream lace as flounces ; panniers and low bodice of pale blue or rich red satin ; string of pearls round the throat and wrists, pearls twisted in the curled scalpette, or a rosette of red narrow ribbon on one side ; a fan on the arm, suspended by a ribbon.

2. Little Red Riding Hood, in a blue print frock, white pinafore, red cloak, with the hood over her head, and a basket on her arm.

3. A sailor boy or girl, in dark blue serge and white braid.

4. A charity girl ; a dark blue stuff dress, short sleeves turned up with a band of white linen ; apron, kerchief of white muslin ; a high cap, with blue ribbon tied round. The long mittens, of pale yellow or white, can be made from a stocking.

5. A Red Cross nurse ; black merino gown, white bibbed apron, cuffs, collar, and neat cap : the red cross on one arm.

6. An Alsatian nurse. She wears a full red skirt, large black apron, black velvet bodice, and white chemisette, black velvet cap, with large silk bow in front.

7. A lady in Pompadour costume. This would be a low bodice, elbow sleeves, train, and distinct front breadth, trimmed with lace, in silk or satin of two colors.

8. Old women seated in chairs, their cloaks and laps being made receptacles for spools of thread, thimbles, and scissors.

9. Baby Dolls, dressed so that the robe will form a bag, are pretty, and useful to hold needlework or handkerchief. Take a doll six inches long, sew a dress bodice and sleeves to it of white cambric, trimming it with a little lace and narrow ribbon. Put knickerbockers and one petticoat on, sewing them round the waist. Cut a piece of colored cambric twenty-four inches long and eight inches wide ; cover it with white muslin, double it together, and stitch up each side, making a bag twelve inches long ; put a narrow hem round the top, and run in two strings of strong bobbin, bringing them out on each side of the seams. Turn it muslin outside, and trim with some lace and ribbon to match the body, and to imitate a baby's long robe. Now pull the strings tight enough, so that the opening of the bag will just fit round the doll's waist, the feet and legs inside it. Fasten with a strong needle and thread the front half of the bag to the doll, stitching close to the hem, but not through it, so as to avoid interfering with the drawing of the strings. A cap made of lace, either fastened on with needle and thread or gum, is a great improvement. Any sized doll, of course, can be used, making the robe in proportion to the size.

Indeed, this book cover oodles of topics, and would enable any lady to correctly provide what was required for any social function. Below is the Index of topics, so you can see just how many subjects are covered:

Acknowledgment and Reception of:

Presents, 181. Afternoon Aprons, 7. Albums, 181. Alsatian Nurse Doll, 89. Alum Basket, 100. American Pompadour, 17. Amber Satin Apron, 6. Aprons (Chap. II.), 4-1 1. Arab Shops, 169. Articles to be sold at Fairs, 175.

Baby-Carriage Blankets, 82.

Baby Dolls, 89.

Baby-House, 90.

Bags (Chap. III.), 11-29.

Balls, 85.

Ball-Pattern Rug, 47.

Bashlik (for the head), 130.

Basket Pails, 161.

Basket-Chairs, 60.

Baskets for Pet Cats or Dogs, 49.

Baskets Made of Hats, 146.

Baskets for Flowers, 147.

Bath Blankets, 81.

Battledores, 69.

Bell-Pulls, 38.

Bellows Needle-Book, 150.

Birthday Lists, 2.

Black Velvet Bag, 14.

Blotting-Book, 66.

Blotting-Book, another, 66.

Bolster Pillow, 34.

Bolster Pillow, smaller, 35.

Bolster Pincushion, 156.

Book Covers, 67.

Book Wagon, 64.

Boot Case, 145.

Braids of Sewing-Silk, 158.

Brass Wedding, 184.

Broom Brigade, 166.

Brush and Comb Basket, No.

Brush and Comb Basket, No. 2,

Brush and Comb Case, 125. Bulbs in Glasses or Pots, 99. Burlap Rug, 46. Burnt Match Receiver, 143. Butterfly Pincushion, 157. Button Bag, Triple, 25. Button Bag, another, 25. Camphor Bags, 117.

Cap Bag, 18.

Card-Cases, 108, in, 157.

Cardinal Satin Aprons, 6.

Carriage Blankets, 82.

Case for Travelling Wraps, 132.

Catch-Alls and Ornaments, 67.

Chair Bags, 16.

Chair-Back Cover Scarf, 40.

Chair-Back Covers, 40.

Charity Girl Doll, 89.

Chatelaine Bag, 20.

Check, 1 So.

Child's Crochet Ball, 86.

Children's Play Reins, 91.

Chimney-Pot Hats, 148.

China Closet Steps, 64.

China Closet Towels, 52.

Christmas (Chap. XV.), 187.

Christmas Entertainments, 198.

Christmas Eve, 1S7.

Christmas Morning, 1S9.

Christmas Post-Office, 196.

Christmas Parties, 196.

Christmas Tree, 195.

Christmas Wishes, 187, 18S.

Cigar-Case, no.

Closing Song for Market-Place, 174.

Clothes-Brush Case, 80.

Clothes-Pin Bag, 27.

Comforters for Gentlemen, 113.

Conundrum Cards, 137

Cosey, another way, 55.

Cosies, 54.

Costumes, 191.

Cracker Sachets, 121.

Crash Apron, 9.

Cretonne Table-Cover, 36.

Crewel-Case, 154.

Crocheted Purse, 83.

Crush Bag, 19.

Crystal Wedding, 184.

Decorated Chess-Board, 95.

Diamond Wedding, 186.

Dinner Menus, 193.

Dish Drainer for Book-Rack, 68.

Dog's Coat, 114.

Dolls, 88.

D'Oyleys, 51.

D'Oyleys, designs for, 52.

Dressing Towel, 106.

Drums, 69.

Dusters, 50.

Duster Bags, 27, 50.

Easter Eggs, 94. Easter Eggs, a second way, 94. Easter Eggs, a third way, 94. Easter Eggs, a fourth way, 94. Embroidery on Screens, 33. Embroidered Table-Covers, yj' Etching Stitch, 52.

Fair Entertainments, 162.

Fair Newspaper, 170.

Fair Suggestions (Chap. XIII.), 162-175- .

Fancy Aprons, 6.

Fancy Work Sachet, 119.

Fans, 180.

Fan Brigade, 162.

Fan Wall-Pocket, 140.

Feeding Bib, 10.

Felt Hat Baskets, 148.

Felt Table-Mats, 87.

Fender Stools, 39.

Ferns for Ornament, 99.

Finger-Plates for Doors, 49.

Fish Pond, 170.

Five O'Clock Tea-Cloths, 37.

Flat-iron Wipers, 56.

Flat-iron Pads, 56.

Flat Pen-Wiper, yy

Flower Stall, 173. Foot-Muff, 102.

Foot-Muff, another, 103.

Foot-Stool, 40.

Foot-Stool, another, 41.

Foreign Market-Placc, 169.

French Purse, 83.

"Friend in Need" Work-Case, 153,

Fruit Tent, 173.

Game-Bag, 23. Game-Bag, another, 24. Garden Cushions, 60. Gentlemen's Braces, 112. Gipsy Tent, 172. Glove Sachets, 116. Golden Wedding, 186. Grab-Bag, 171. Guest-Cards, 194.

Handkerchief Apron, 5.

Handkerchief Sachet, Checker- Board, 115.

Handkerchief Work-Bag, 14.

Handkerchief Bow, 107.

Hair-Pin Cushion, 80.

Hanging up Stockings for Christ- mas, 189.

Harlequin Bag, 15.

Harmony in Yellow and White, 192.

Hat-Markers, 113.

Hanging Shelves, 143.

Head Wrap, in Crochet, 131.

Hiding the Presents, 190.

Hop Pillows, 36.

Household (Chap. IV.), 29-57.

House Linen, 181.

House Ornaments, 178.

Housewife, 148.

Infant's Shoes, 107. Inkstand Splasher, 65. Iron Skillets, 68.

Jabot Apron, 5.

Jewelry for Wedding Present, 179.

Key Rack, 56. Key Rack, another, 56. Knife Cases, 54. Knit Head Wrap, 132. Knit Smyrna Rug, 47.

Long Black Lace Aprons, 6.

Lady's Necessaire, 20.

Lace, 180.

Lady Doll, 88.

Lamp Shades, 75.

Lamp Shades of Silk and Lace, 77. Larun for a Hood, 130. Lawn Tennis Accessories (Chap. V.), 57-64. Lawn Tennis Bag, 63. Lawn Tennis Belts, 59. Lawn Tennis Nets, 63. Lawn Tennis Receptacle, 57. Lawn Tennis Tournament, 173. Leaf Pen- Wiper, 73. Leather Purse, 84. Letter Box, 142. Letter Pocket, 140. Library (Chap. VI.), 64-75. Library Steps, 64.

Macrame Bag, 14. Madras Table-Cover, 38. Madras Aprons, 7. Mantel-Board, 29. Mantel-Curtains, 30. Match-Scratchers, 144. Magic Music, 196. Mediaeval Aprons, 4, Melon-Seed Necklace, 88. Memorandum-Book for Whist Players, 96.

Memorandum-Case, 143. Milk Pails, 159. Milking Stools, 160. Mirror Drapery, 31. Miscellaneous (Chap. VII.), 75-102. Moth Sachet, 117. Motto Guest-Cards, 194. Music Portfolio, 92. Music-Stool, 42.

Napkin for Corn, 54.

Needle-Book, 151.

Needle-Case, 151.

Nest for Easter Eggs, 94.

Night-Dress Sachets, 120.

Nightingale, 106.

Note Paper Sachets, 117.

Odds and Ends for Curtains, etc., 158. Old Woman Doll, 89. Old Woman in Her Shoe, 171. Opera-Glass Bag, 21. Ornamental Bellows, 140. Ornament for Sachets, 118. Other Handkerchief Sachets, 116. Outlining Flowers and Leaves, 97.

Pails for Work-Baskets, 160. Painted Bassinette Covers, 82. Palm Leaf Fan, 78. Paper-Knives, 180. Paper-Weight, 74. Paper- Weight, another, 74. Parasols Decorated, 107. Pattern for Foot-Muff, 104. Peach- Basket Work Stand, 146. Pen- Wipers, 70. Pen-Wipers, 1 ; round, 70. Pen-Wiper, 2; folded, 71. Pen-Wiper. 3; circular, 71. Pen Wiper, 4; doll, 71. Pen- Wiper, 5 ; flower, 72. Pen-Wiper, 6; fez, 72. Pen-Wiper, 7 ; shell, 73. Pen-Wiper, 8; roll, y^. Perforated Paper Mats, 87. Perfume Sachet, 119. Personal (Chap. VIII.), 102-123. Pewter Wedding, 183. Philopaena Presents, 3. Photograph Fan, yS. Photograph (Cabinet) Case, 95. Piece Bag, 24. Pillow-Shams, 38. Pillow-Sham Scarf, 39. Pique Sachet, 122. Pine-Needle Pillows, 36. Plush Pillow, 35. Plush Wall-Pocket, 138. Pocket Pencil and Pen Case, 66. Pocket Pincushions, 157. Pocket Writing-Case, 133. Pompadour; bag, 13. Pompadour; doll, 89. Portieres, 32. Post-Office, 171. Post-Office Savings Bank, 172. Pot-Pourri, 92. Pot-Pourri, another, 92. Punch and Judy, 173. Purses, 83, 84.

Ribbon Bag, 18.

Riddle Fan, 136.

Red Cross Nurse Doll, 89.

Red Riding Hood Doll, 89.

Roman Apron, 10.

Rugs ; home-made, 43.

Rugs; knotted, 45.

Rugs of rags, 44.

Rug-Making Machine, 45.

Rustic Stand, 43.

Rustic Wheelbarrows, 43.

Sachets (Chap. IX.), n 5-123. Sachet for Gentlemen's Ties, No. 1, 122. Sachet for Gentlemen's Ties, No. 2, 122. Sachet of Japanese Square, 119. Sachet for Lace, 119. Sailor Doll, 89. Santa Claus, 197. Sateen Work Aprons, 7. School Bags, 18. Scissors Case, 154. Scrap-Books, 86. Screens, 32, ^y Sermon Case, 113. Shawl-Case, 123. Shawl Strap Pen-Wiper jy . Shaving Cloths, 114. Shell Guest-Cards, 194. Shell Pen-Wiper yy Shell Pincushions, 156. Shopping Bag, 11. Shopping Bag, another, 12. Skate Bag, 22. Silver Tripods, 42. Silver Wedding, 184, 185. Silver for Weddings, 177. Slipper Work-Case, 155. Smoking Cap, 112. Smoking Coat, 112. Soap Bag, 26.

Song of the Broom Brigade, 167. Spanish Alforca, 128. Spectacle Cleaners, 107. Splasher, 140. Sponge Bag, 27. Sponge Box, 27. Sponge Holder, 26. Suggestions for Pen-Wipers, 73. Sun-Flower Lamp Shade, 76. Sun-Flower Pincushion, 155. Sweeping-Cap, 50.

Sweeping-Cap, another, 51. Sweet Fern Pillow, 36. Swing, 173. Syrian Muslin Aprons, 7.

Table-Cloths with Pockets, 70.

Table Decoration, 193.

Tambourines, 69.

Tea-Cosies, 54.

Tea-Pot Holder, 53.

Tennis Apron, 59.

Tennis Apron, another, 59.

Tennis Ball Boxes, 62.

Tennis Mats, 60.

Tent for Dwarf, 172.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, 191.

Tin Wedding, 183.

Tobacco Pouch, 108.

Tobacco Pouch, another, no.

Tobacco Pouch in Crochet, no.

Toilet Bag, 21.

Toilet Box, 78.

Toilet Pincushion, 147.

Toilet Wall-Pocket, 139.

Towel Apron, 9.

Travelling Conveniences (Chap. X.)123-138.

Travelling Minstrels, 172.

Travelling Pillow, 128.

Travelling Toilet Case, 123.

Travelling Work-Box, 126.

Triple Button Bag, 25.

Umbrella Case, 134. Umbrella Stand, 49. Umbrella Tents, 58.

Vases made of Bottles, 101. Violin Bag, 23. Violin Blanket, 23. Velvet Muff, 105.

Walnut-Shell Pincushion, 157. Wall-Pockets, etc. (Chap. XL), 13S -146. Waste-Paper Baskets, 69. Watch and Ring Case, 144. Watch Cases, other, 145. Weddings (Chap. XIV.), 176-187. Wedding Presents, 2, 29, 1 76-181. Window Curtains, 175. Window Ornament, 97.

Wooden Bowls, 68.

Wooden Pails, 70.

Wooden Wedding, 183.

Woollen Ends Rug, 46.

Work Apron, 8.

Work Bag, 11.

Work Table (Chap XII.), 146-162.

Writing Pad, 67.

Yellow Satin and Lace Aprons, 6.

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Victorian Rose Prints

Nancy Hall, Pacific Northwest, ID   

Antique Rose Print s de Longpre C Klein Cook Book Etiquette Poetry Language Flowers Quack Medicine

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