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Washington death bed memorial handkerchief

Washington death bed memorial handkerchief Brown ink transfer print on plain weave cotton with hand-sewn rolled hem
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[ This description is from the project: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry: 17th to 19th Centuries ]

One of several types of handkerchiefs printed to commemorate the death of George Washington, this Philadelphia piece draws on artist Amos Doolittle’s engraving of the death bed for its central motif, and is surrounded by quotations from Henry Lee’s December 1799 eulogy before Congress.

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