An exquisite white-on-white icon scarf – white embroidery on white hand-woven linen. The embroidery decoration at each end of the scarf is very finely done and includes on one end, "OA" under a coronet for Olga Alexandrovna, rows of flowers, rows of pulled or drawn thread-work with embroidered edging, and a crocheted border. The other end has the same embroidered work and crocheted edging but does not have Olga's initials. According to family lore, the scarf was embroided by Olga's mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, on the occasion of Olga's marriage to Duke Peter("Petya) Alexandrovich of Oldenburg on August 9, 1901. Scarf is 82 inches long by 17 ¾ inches wide. Provenance: The Byington Collection which is acknowledged in: Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas & Alexandra by Peter Kurth (p. 223); and Olga Romanov: Russia's Last Grand Duchess by Patricia Phenix (p. 296), and was acquired directly from the family of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. Icon scarf comes with a letter of provenance from the Byington Collection. Condition: exquisitely preserved with only a pin prick sized rust spot; No holes in linen. No damaged embroidery.
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