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Vintage Irish Linen London Beefeater Palace Guard Tea Towel Kitchen Towel by Ulster
Measures: 29" x 17.5"
Design element is a London Beefeater in the traditional scarlet and gold, with black and white detailing; this has a border of red and blue.
A Beefeater is known as a Yeoman Warder or Yeoman of the Guard in the Tower of London.
The uniform dates from 1552 and are worn on state occasions; it includes a knee-length tunic, knee breeches and stockings of scarlet, and a round brimmed hat called a Tudor bonnet. The white neck ruff of the uniform is a distinctive fashion detail that was introduced by Queen Elizabeth I.
The initials E and R on the their uniforms stand for Elizabetha Regina, which refers to the present Queen Elizabeth, while Regina is Latin for queen.
Motifs include the thistle, rose and shamrock, emblems of Scotland, England and Ireland.
This towel is labeled across bottom: Wanderlet by Ulster. Irish Linen, made in Ireland. Reg No 5056. The paisley pattern within the letters of London suggest 1960s manufacture.
Condition: Excellent. The colors are vivid and bright. There are no spots or holes. This has been washed, so it has a nice soft hand; these are particularly great for drying glassware, bar-ware.
The Ulster Linen Company of New York is known as the most reliable source of fine European linens in the US, with their origins going back to an Irish mill that was started over 150 years ago, and their US presence beginning in 1933.
In our research, we discovered a couple more London authority figures that were apparently created and drawn by the same artist for Ulster. We found a London Bobby, and London Guard also, made with the same cherubic faces and paisleyed London, and in a red white and blue colorway.
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