French and Chinese Embroidered Textiles (Material Memory)

Year: 1910s

Origin: Northern France

Donated By: Wendy Davidson

Wendy and her husband inherited these textiles from their in-laws which have been passed down through the generations. The two distinctly different pieces are believed to have belonged to William Earnshaw, who served in northern France during World War I. They are thought to have been rescued by him from an abandoned house while deployed there. 

If you look closely at the white cotton piece with the blue embroidery, you can see within the hand stitched decoration an embroidery needle still in place. 

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