The 19th century is thought of as the age of the shawl, but the use of scarves was revived among fashionable ladies around the 1840s and 1850s, and especially during the 1860s, when shawls were starting to go out of fashion. This elegant scarf is made of black silk velvet with a striped border in purple, yellow and green running its length. At either end, there is a band of purple silk and two broad bands of patterned silk, separated by narrow bands of purple silk arranged in groups of three. The ends are finished with black silk fringe.


  • Title: Scarf
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1840/1859
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 258 cm excluding fringe, Length: 10.4 cm fringe, Width: 59.8 cm
  • Provenance: Given by Miss P. W. Stanbridge
  • Medium: Brocaded silk velvet

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