14 January 2010

Collecting Vintage Handkerchiefs

Today I thought I'd show you this little box of vintage treasures that holds a very unplanned collection.

First, look at this sweet box. It belonged to my great~grandmother's. My grandmother gave it to me when I was a little girl, after her mother had passed away. I think I once saw a similar one in an antique shop, but never again. I really don't know very much about handkerchief boxes, but I think this one is adorable.

These first three handkerchiefs came along with the box. They were all my great~grandmother's. The one with the blue embroidery was my *something blue* that I carried in my wedding.

These are some monogrammed with *L* that have been given to me by family and friends.

This is one given to me by a friend. I believe she got it in Africa. It has a beautiful hand-dyed design on it.

These two are very special to me. They are from a family friend named *Mallie*. She gave me these two handkerchiefs on two separate occasions. One was the Sunday that my dad announced his resignation as pastor of our church in Ohio to move into full-time missions work. The second was on our last Sunday there. There were lots of tears shed on both occasions because we all loved each other so much and knew that we would not be seeing one another often since my family was moving a long distance.

These are some vintage handkerchiefs monogrammed with my married name's initial, *F*.

I think this vintage Christmas handkerchief is so cute!

These are some lovely vintage embroidered ones that I've found in antique shops or yard sales for just pennies. So pretty!

These two are from weddings. The one on the left is from the wedding of one of my college roommates. She gave each of her bridesmaids one of her grandmother's handkerchiefs as a gift and to carry in the wedding. So sweet! The one on the right with the bells was a gift to me from a dear friend on the occasion of my own wedding.

And that is how I came to have a special collection of handkerchiefs. I love collections like that!

This post is linked to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.


Gee said...

Those vintage handkerchiefs are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

Hootin' Anni said...

I have ONE old handkerchief in my possession. My mothers! Old!!! But what flabbergasted me on your post is the hankie box!! I've never seen one of these...awesome!!

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LDH said...

Good Morning, Lora!

You have the sweetest collection of hankies with such special meaning! Of course, I especially like the ones with the "L" initial! :)

Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

Kindly, ldh

Faff Around said...

I was just looking at a huge collection of hankerchiefs at a flea market last weekend. I have always liked them. Interesting post. Thanks.

Mary said...

You have a wonderful collection of vintage hankies. I have never seen a hankie box like that one. Very unique.

I have several hankies that my grandmother gave to me when I was young. I treasure them.

Wishing you a great weekend.

steviewren said...

I love your collection. I have a few vintage handkerchiefs myself. I think they are lovely. They remind me of gentler times.

Denise Marie said...

very special. TFS, I've never seen a keeper like that. I gave my hubby 2 vintage men's hankies for Christmas. He always keeps 1 in his pocket like his daddy did and they were pretty men's colors. like green and mustard but muted.

Gayle said...

I absolutely LOVE these hankies and the box. I have a few from my grandmother, and they are very special to me. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us.


This is a truly beautiful collection! I love the stories behind each one and the handkerchief box is beautiful! I've never seen one before!I also homeschool my girls, ages 9 and 14. It's been a journey...but it's a decision I have NEVER once regretted! What curriculum do you use? We've been using edhelper.com alot... it's very useful!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

These are BEAUTIFUL! i love old nankies and collect them as well. That box is a real treasure!

Charlene said...

Oh I LOVE your hankie box & all the different hankies! I saw a really cute idea in the recent Somerset Magazine where they used a canning jar & made a hanger then wrapped the jar in a vintage hanky. Added a pretty ribbon & presto a pretty hanging container for flowers or whatever. Enjoy your collection! HAve a great week. Charlene

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I have one that my maid of honor gave me on my wedding day that was her grandma's (who raised her). It's probably my most special hanky, and just about my only one. Yours are beautiful, and the case is perfect. I'm a box/case/container kind of girl.

Marla said...

You do have a lovely collection, I love that box, I have never seen one like that. I love how each hankie has a memory associated with it. Beautiful! Thanks for coming by and seeing my hankies too and for your kind comments. Love your blog too. Blessings, Marla

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