A wonderful and decorative example of a German show towel, this one was purchased in Germany and from my own collection. Although I don't speak German, I was able to get a translation which is something like.."happy expectations for each tomorrow". This charming show towel is linen, dated 1904, monogrammed with M.K and done in red and blue thread. Wonderful piece of history in very good condition with no holes or tears. Approx 14" x 45". Likely to increase in value, see below.
From Kovel on Collectibles: Show towels were popular with Pennsylvania German girls. They are long, rectangular pieces of fabric that were used to demonstrate sewing skill. The finished towel was hung on a door as proof of their work and as an added decoration in the kitchen. The towel, not made to be used, often was made of linen and cotton. They usually included the name of the maker. Sometimes a finished towel was a gift for a new bride. The towels were most popular from 1820 to 1870. A 19th-century show towel in good condition with names and other designs cross-stitched in a pleasing pattern sells for about $1,000 today.
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