Household linens aren't always a big ticket item. Often piles of towels and doilies are wadded together or stuffed in a bag with the hopes they will attract a buyer. I have been known to cringe when even going through bags like this. Not everyone understands the work involved in embroidery.
|These red embroidered clover caught my eye and I put the doily in my purchase pile. Why, I don't know, it seemed sweet and could possibly be re-purposed.|
Later when going through my purchases and taking a closer look, it took on an entirely different meaning - it was transformed into a piece of history. Can you see what made me say to myself, "oh my goodness"
|The fabric is a brocade with a building and "Chicago" woven into the cloth at the top.|
|There's the date....1893 as well as identifying the building as the Main Building.|
This doily was a souvenir from the 1893 Columbia Exhibition in Chicago. I have seen the inscribed red and white souvenir glassware, but nothing small like this little piece. It is large enough to be a coaster.
|This is the back. The woven threads from the design pick up the light better making it easier to photograph.|
What a small and very sweet souvenir of the White City.