Linen damask napkin; U.S. Eagle & "We Offer Peace; Ready for War", early 19th century

Linen damask napkin; U.S. Eagle & "We Offer Peace; Ready for War", early 19th century

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Linen damask napkin; U.S. Eagle & "We Offer Peace; Ready for War", early 19th century. 29 1/2" square. Known to have been owned by Ann Bourne Osborn Avery, married 1867. Possibly also owned by her mother, Sybil Avery Perkins. Central medallion of American eagle with shield body, wings outstretched, facing right side, clutching arrows in one claw and laurel in the other. Suprscription in a banner: E Pluribus Unum; Inscribed underneath, We Offer peace / Ready for War. Wreath surround. Wide border of flowers and grape and leaves, corner blocks; narrow outer border of twining ribbons. Possibly woven in Ireland or in Great Britain for the American market. Several linen damask napkins and tablecloths with similar motifs are known.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Napkin
date made
1800-1850
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
damask; jacquard woven (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 29 1/2 in x 29 1/2 in; 74.93 cm x 74.93 cm
ID Number
TE.T11151
catalog number
T11151
T.11151
accession number
203588
Credit Line
Gift of Sybil Avery Perkins through Mrs. Robert G. Johnson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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